Monday, May 13, 2024

News: Multimillion pound hotel and spa proposal for picture-perfect Rotherham village


Early stage proposals are being drawn up to convert a collection of agricultural buildings in a picturesque village in Rotherham into a destination hotel and spa.

Owners are looking to introduce a new focus on food at Wentworth, working alongside the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust (WWPT), whose own masterplan is introducing new events space and visitor facilities to the grounds of the Grade-I listed stately home.

Having drawn up its own masterplan for the surrounding village and farm land (around 15,000 acres,), the Fitzwilliam Wentworth Estate, is now engaging with planning consultants to bring forward proposals for the site at the entrance to Wentworth Woodhouse and next to Wentworth Garden Centre, known as Home Farm.

Pre-application advice has also been sought from Rotherham Council before an official planning application is submitted.

Proposals, seen by Rothbiz, show how the Grade-II listed buildings within the green belt could be repurposed to give the farm complex a viable use, providing guest accommodation, hotel and spa facilities and parking.

Early ideas include the conversion of the threshing barn to a boutique hotel incorporating the creation of 17 guest bedrooms. The Gun Park building could be converted to a restaurant, ancillary to the hotel.

Agricultural buildings could make way for a new spa building with a pool and cafe whilst other existing buildings, like the steading stalls, could be repaired and used to provide additional accommodation suites, a games room and meeting rooms.

Plans show that the dovecote could become a coffee shop and the Power House, with its tall tapered stone chimney, could be used for events.

Later agricultural additions and modern structures could be demolished and there is the potential for holiday cottages on the site and a water terrace garden.

Whilst access would remain off the B6090 Cortworth Lane, a large area of car parking (over 400 spaces) could be contained in a nearby wooded area, called Granny Clarke's Wood.

The Fitzwilliam Estate plan explains: "We want to introduce a focus on food. The Fitzwilliam Estate has been fundamental in developing Malton as Yorkshire’s Food Capital.

"We want to bring some of what we have learnt at Malton to Wentworth, adding to the already thriving food offer by creating new opportunities for local producers, artisans and hospitality businesses.

"Alongside multi-use parking provision, we have identified the area associated with the Gun Park, the Powerhouse and Home Farm as the optimum place to introduce new visitor experiences associated with food and play. We have discussed these ambitions with both the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust and the operators at the Wentworth Garden Centre and plan to work collaboratively to create a complementary offer in this gateway location."

The origins of the Home Farm date back to the 1700s and it is still partially operational. Buildings on the site, such as the main threshing barn, some of the ranges, the Octagon Lodge, the North Lodge, the Power House (built in 1904, to provide electricity for the mansion), and even the Duck House, are Grade-II listed.

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L.Wentworth May 16, 2024 at 9:51 PM  

Disgusting. The whole farm is used, and has had the same owner for over 65 years. Farmers have a hard enough time, especially with the weather we have had. This farm has been here since 1700 to serve the big house. Agriculture needs protecting. They didn't even have the courtesy to tell them the plans; they kept it quiet. The farmers found out today via the Facebook post that their life, livelihood and homes will be gone, all in the name of greed. My ancestors built the village of Wentworth with the idea that it was a quiet village with a big house; the name translates as 'a beautiful place' referring to the rolling pastoral hills. They never intended it to be Disneyland!

Anonymous,  May 17, 2024 at 7:21 AM  

It is a great pity for anyone to lose their home or livelihood but at the same time we can't look at the past with rose tinted spectacles or overdo the rural idyll. Wentworth Woodhouse derived it's wealth from the ruthless ravaging of the the countryside to extract coal and the exploitation of workers in a dangerous and unhealthy industry. Everyone can now enjoy the beauty of Wentworth Woodhouse, not just a priveliged few.

Anonymous,  May 17, 2024 at 12:19 PM  

Wentworth Woodhouse derived its wealth (not it’s). The family was widely viewed as being pretty good towards its employees (compared to other mine owners).

Anonymous,  May 17, 2024 at 1:14 PM  

Notwithstanding the pedantry of this post, "compared to other mine owners" is scance praise indeed given the fact that most mine owners treated their workers appallingly. It says a lot about you that you give more prominence to a minor grammatical error than the historical reality of life for most workers in the 18th and 19th centuries. And that of course includes agricultural labourers.

Jez May 17, 2024 at 3:13 PM  

Life was certainly very harsh indeed for all but a fortunate minority who through an accident of birth and the sweat of the majority were able to enjoy outrageously lavish lifestyles. You only have to look at the numerous Wentworth follies to realise that the family just did not know what to spend
their wealth on

Anonymous,  May 17, 2024 at 3:24 PM  

Translates as "bad, but not quite as bad"

Anonymous,  May 17, 2024 at 5:01 PM  

Still quite a bit of forelock tugging going off in Wentworth methinks. Pride that their ancestors were lackies at the big house.

Anonymous,  May 17, 2024 at 6:07 PM  

We are very 'umble in Wentworth Master Copperfield and we know our place.

Anonymous,  May 17, 2024 at 6:37 PM  

Re comment at 1.14 pm: it’s NOT ‘pedantry’ (which relates to being fussy about minor details) and a “minor grammatical error”….


Also, you don’t know the first thing about me (“it says a lot about you”) and my family ancestors (who were miners and farm labourers…). As for the rest of your post, ‘the past is a foreign country: they do things differently there’.


Anonymous,  May 17, 2024 at 6:43 PM  

Many Shinwell had the right idea

Anonymous,  May 17, 2024 at 7:10 PM  

More pinko propaganda from mousey tongue and his Starmer storm troopers. . My grandmother was employed at the big house in the kitchens and never worked more than a 95 hour week. She was given every third Thursday afternoon off and every Xmas received a complementary tour of the gardens.

Anonymous,  May 17, 2024 at 9:15 PM  

I know that you are one of those people who has to shout even In PRINT. You are A BULLY.

Jez May 18, 2024 at 8:04 AM  

"The past is never dead. It's not even past".

Anonymous,  May 18, 2024 at 10:23 AM  

Zizzyva - That your way of having the last word? That and your quotes suggest you are probably doing your English mock about now

Anonymous,  May 18, 2024 at 10:57 AM  

Bit pedantic for someone not into pedantry

Anonymous,  May 18, 2024 at 11:47 AM  

Like to do a spot of beating for the shoot on Saturday Snudge?There's a fiver in it for you

Anonymous,  May 18, 2024 at 1:49 PM  

Zzzzz, past your bedtime

Anonymous,  May 18, 2024 at 2:40 PM  

Ladybird Book of Quotes?

Anonymous,  May 19, 2024 at 6:36 AM  

I am proud that my great, great grandfather was Assistant Keeper of His Lordship's Sock Drawer. On his retirement after 40 years service His Lordship presented him with a pair of his own socks and a signed photograph of Her Ladyship.

Anonymous,  May 19, 2024 at 12:03 PM  

I'd guess that's the tory way

Anonymous,  May 19, 2024 at 1:23 PM  

Yes, the party of sleeze, exploitation, corruption privilege, patronage and if that wasn't enough the party of Boris, the man incapable of telling the truth

Anonymous,  May 19, 2024 at 1:44 PM  

As a lifestyle choice I would rather place my tongue across the terminals of a PP3 battery than be a funky to the landed gentry.

Anonymous,  May 20, 2024 at 7:32 AM  

Funky Gibbon

Jez May 20, 2024 at 5:50 PM  

"His Lordship's Sock Drawer".
A euphemism?

Anonymous,  May 21, 2024 at 6:56 AM  

Many years ago my grandfather was one of Her Ladyship's gardeners.

Anonymous,  May 21, 2024 at 7:51 AM  

That's if you have the money to participate in the event's

Anonymous,  May 21, 2024 at 4:37 PM  

Her Ladyship's garden was always neatly trimmed

Anonymous,  May 21, 2024 at 6:26 PM  

Her Camellia were almost as well known as her clematis

Anonymous,  May 21, 2024 at 10:00 PM  

Jealousy is apparent

Anonymous,  May 22, 2024 at 10:10 AM  

Gamekeeper jobs on the estate were always sought after

Jez May 22, 2024 at 11:49 AM  

Particularly in the days of Lady Connie

Anonymous,  May 22, 2024 at 2:05 PM  

And Lady Mabel

Anonymous,  May 23, 2024 at 9:18 AM  

That you Mellors?

Anonymous,  May 24, 2024 at 7:07 AM  

Yes, and I have my daisy chain at the ready.

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