For the past 35 years, the mansion on the Gisburne Park Estate in the Ribble Valley has operated as a private hospital.
This month, however, estate owners Guy and Amber Hindley (see Entrepreneur’s Chat, Open Air Business, Issue 36) have taken back the keys with plans to invest more than £20m to transform the 400 year old mansion into a private members’ club, luxury hotel, garden spa resort and art centre.
When Guy inherited the estate in 2003 he turned it into a holiday destination complete with luxury lodges, historic houses, cottages and a boutique glamping venue alongside a wedding destination. Last year he held one of the country’s first socially distanced music festivals.
Guy said: “I always had ambitions to transform the hall into something great, though never imagined I’d have the opportunity to own it. I always assumed it would be a project for my sons. Having acquired the keys, Amber and I are now setting out to transform hospitality in the North and create a destination like no other. We’re looking to create an exclusive environment that blends art and culture with like-minded people in a setting that is unrivalled in the UK.
“We want our members and guests to treat this as a second home. Here, guests can dine, stay, work and play and, most importantly, escape.” Work will begin later this year.