Plans lodged for luxury 39-bedroom ‘art hotel’

A PLANNING application has been lodged to restore and expand the former Millbrook House Hotel, following an announcement earlier this year of more than £14 million of investment by CCA Galleries International.

Picture: DAVID FERGUSON. (30829807)
Picture: DAVID FERGUSON. (30829807)

The company, which owns a gallery in Hill Street, plans to refurbish the Regency style villa and expand more recent adjoining hotel accommodation to create a 39-bedroom facility with a spa and wellness centre, facilities for art and cookery classes, a restaurant, self-catering units and eco-pods.

In addition to restoring the gatehouse and stable wing, the plans include rebuilding staff accommodation in workshops constructed during the Occupation.

A supporting heritage impact statement says that ‘the historic landscape setting of the villa would be recovered, including the retention of the former greenhouse and garden buildings’.

Earlier this year CCA Galleries International announced that it planned to reopen the hotel as what its chairman Lance Trevellyan described as ‘a unique, exceptional five-star experience-based art hotel’.

‘The ambition is to build an international reputation and become one of the jewels in the crown of Jersey’s hospitality sector,’ he said.

The hotel, which lies in extensive grounds between Rue de Trachy and Waterworks Valley on the western edge of St Helier, closed to the public three years ago but was purchased by CCA Galleries International to be run alongside its art gallery, capitalising on contacts which it has in the art world.

These include relationships with many internationally celebrated artists whose works are produced at Worton Hall print studio in London, which is run by its UK counterpart CCA Galleries.

The planning application states that, in addition to refurbishing and extending the existing hotel buildings, the company will construct ancillary buildings including a spa and wellness centre, art and yoga studios, eco pods, and a glasshouse cookery school and restaurant.

It is hoped that the 18-month refurbishment programme will start later this year so that the hotel, which CCA Galleries International say will create 40 jobs, will open in 2023.

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