The Old Deanery Hotel to undergo renovation

The Old Deanery Hotel to undergo renovation

The Old Deanery Hotel

UK: The new owners of The Old Deanery Hotel in Ripon will fully renovate the property before it reopens primarily as a wedding and events venue later this year.

Rebecca Hill and Chris Layton, the hoteliers behind Galtres Lodge Hotel in York, recently purchased The Old Deanery Hotel after it was forced to close this year following months of lockdown.

The redevelopment of the Grade II-listed building will be overseen by general manager David Macdonald and consultant chef Stephanie Moon. Both were involved in the development of Galtres Lodge.

The Old Deanery Hotel comprises 11 bedrooms and several public areas. Plans involve restoring the property back to a country house.

Discussing the renovation, Hill said: “We are beyond excited to take on The Old Deanery. It is such a beautiful property in the heart of a beautiful city, and we cannot wait to become a key part of the community. The welcome has already been incredible, and we are so grateful for the kind messages that we have received so far.

“As we are still in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, we plan on taking a cautious approach and start by opening as a wedding and events venue. We plan to be available for winter weddings and Christmas parties this November/December and fully up-and-running as a wedding and events venue from spring 2022.

“We also hope to organise smaller public events, such as open days and afternoon tea parties, to keep The Old Deanery as open to the public as possible,” she added. “We believe this approach will strike the perfect balance of being open enough to ensure we become a vital part of the community. Overall, we want The Old Deanery to be a jewel in Ripon’s crown and be “the place” to celebrate weddings, birthdays and Christenings. We are currently in the process of planning some informal open days to meet everyone, as getting to know our local community is of vital importance to us.”

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