DERBYSHIRE, WILLERSLEY CASTLE HOTEL
Willersley Castle Hotel is a fine, Grade II* listed building in the style of a castle, with castellated structure which occupies an elevated position in extensive grounds with views into the Derwent valley. The elevations feature striking projecting, circular turrets which rise above the castellated parapets. The construction of Willersley castle began in 1790, commissioned by Sir Richard Arkwright, the great industrialist who developed the Water Frame which revolutionised the cotton milling industry in this country and worldwide. Many of the original features of the building can still be seen today, the most striking of which is probably the Well Gallery. This is an oval gallery with glass dome over, situated in the centre of the building, with cantilevered galleries.
The castle was bought in 1927 by a group of Methodist businessmen as a Methodist Guild Holiday Centre. Today the castle is run by Methodist Guild Holidays Ltd as a popular venue for holidays, residential conferences and other events.
CPL Architects have been commissioned to carry out some sensitive internal alterations to the castle to enhance the guests' experience.
Careful research is being carried out as part of the project design process, including retrieval of historic drawings for the Bodleian Library, together with close consultation with the Conservation Officer, Historic England and the local planning authority.
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