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Work can start on huge Paignton hotel

Tuesday, 5 March 2024 08:24

By Guy Henderson, local democracy reporter

Plans for the Redcliffe Hotel at Paignton (image courtesy: Tudor Hotels Collection)

It will be "celebration of luxury"

The owners of a landmark Torbay hotel are being allowed to begin a massive redevelopment to turn it into ‘the ultimate celebration of luxury’.

The Tudor Hotels Collection owns the 150-year-old Redcliffe Hotel at Paignton, adding it to a portfolio which also includes Kents Cavern in Torquay and the famous Bodmin Jail Hotel.

Now Torbay council’s planning department has agreed the redevelopment can start. The department’s decision was published on Thursday 29 February.

Among the people to post comments supporting the plans was Torbay MP Kevin Foster, who wrote: “This proposal is a welcome plan to invest a significant amount of money not only upgrading hotel facilities, but also restoring and improving the historic appearance of this building.

“At a time when it is vital we get regeneration schemes moving and deliver improvements in our towns, this plan for investment in Paignton is very welcome.”

The number of guest rooms will be cut from 67 to 55, with the ground floor function room converted into guest rooms. There will be a new restaurant/bar and enhanced spa facilities, hotel bar and hotel dining.

The Redcliffe was first used as a hotel in 1902 and was bought by the Tudor Hotels Collection after being owned by the same local family for more than 40 years.

The company says: “Guests can expect to indulge in a harmonious fusion of sophistication and comfort, as well as state-of-the-art amenities and cutting-edge technology.”

The detailed plans include reinstating towers and ornamental ‘onions’ at the corners. There will be a new parapet, new windows and repairs to some of the building’s facades.

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