Plans for tranformation of Park House Hotel revealed


International disability charity Leonard Cheshire has revealed its ambitious improvement plans for the iconic Park House Hotel.

By making a considerable investment in its long-term future, the charity is aiming to make Park House Hotel an unrivalled destination for disabled guests and tourists.

In 1983 Her Majesty The Queen generously offered the property and grounds of Park House to the charity, which since 1987 has run it as hotel for disabled people, their families and friends. Park House is situated on the Sandringham Estate.

The charity has committed to £2.3m funding for the major building works to the interior and surrounding areas which will deliver a host of new and improved facilities. 

Improvements agreed include: 

  • Making the hotel accessible
  • Increase in bedrooms from 16 to 24
  • Installing new lifts to provide improved accessibility to areas of the hotel 
  • Redesign of conservatory area to create a games room, second bar and small gym
  • Improvements to catering facilities
  • Additional car parking space
  • New communications and administration systems
  • The existing outside swimming pool being covered to enable all year round use

Plans to increase the accessibility of the surrounding grounds for guests are also underway with a major fundraising drive in the pipeline.
 
Hugh Fenn, executive director UK Services at Leonard Cheshire, said:

‘At Park House Hotel we want to be able to offer disabled visitors and their families a world class experience at this iconic location. 
 
‘The refurbishment is hugely ambitious and will transform what we are currently able to offer guests, increasing capacity at the same time. There will be improvements made throughout the interior and grounds of the building that sensitively take account of its heritage.  
 
‘By making a considerable investment in its long-term future, the charity is aiming to make Park House Hotel an unrivalled destination for disabled guests and tourists.’

The extensive improvement works will mean the hotel will need to close from January 2020, reopening for Christmas 2020.

Staff at the hotel have been made aware of the plans and a series of meetings with staff will now take place to provide support on an individual basis. 

Recruitment and training of staff for the revitalised hotel will begin in August 2020 approximately.


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