The historic Grade I listed Browsholme Hall has just submitted a planning application to add 10 holiday pods to its wedding venue business due to a high demand of overnight accommodation.
If Ribble Valley Council approve the plans, Browsholme Hall will be able to expand their accommodation offering to cater for more wedding guests wishing to stay overnight. The company chosen by the owners of the Elizabethan venue to build the pods is the Cumbria-based manufacturer Newfoundland Lodges Ltd.
Co-owner of Browsholme Hall, Robert Parker, said: “The holiday pods are wonderful. They are curved and shaped like an upturned boat.”
“Inside there is enough room for a double room and bedding, changing facilities along with a shower and a loo. It’s like a self contained hotel bedroom.”
“We are looking at building one or two of the pods to make them accessible to help people with disabilities get in with ease.”
Currently, the wedding venue puts together over 60 weddings every year, attracting over 10’000 visitors to the Forest of Bowland.
Amanda Parker, who co-owns Browsholme Hall alongside Robert, said: “Tourism in Lancashire and the Ribble Valley is a significant part of the economy and there is a shortage of quality accommodation in the Ribble Valley.”
“The concern is if we can’t find places for people to stay locally people they will look elsewhere.”
“To help boost tourism in the area we have decided to build 10 micro lodges.”
“This will provide extra luxury accommodation and are completely self sustainable in terms of power, electricity and heat.”
“There has been huge interest already from guests and people in the area who are excited to find out more.”
Source: Lancashire Telegraph