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Winstanley House opens following £2.5m revamp

Published on Tuesday, October 10, 2017

An 18th century former manor house is reopening to the public after a £2.5million transformation from derelict ruin to upmarket hotel and restaurant.

Braunstone Hall - now renamed Winstanley House – opens its doors to the public on Wednesday, October 11, following an extensive refurbishment programme. 

It will open for pre-booked appointments to view the venue.

The derelict stately hall in Braunstone Park has been transformed by local developers and owners of the City Rooms, Naresh and Kiran Parmar, into a stunning 19-bedroom hotel, conference centre and wedding venue.

It will feature two bridal suites, two ballrooms, a 40-seater British steakhouse called Black Iron, and parking for over 100 cars in its five acres of grounds.

The Grade-II listed building had stood empty for nearly 20 years before being bought for development, during which time it fell further into disrepair.

The hall’s new title of Winstanley House pays homage to the local family who built it in 1775 and who lived at the hall until 1926.

Now the breath-taking transformation of the hall is complete, the next chapter in its life is due to begin.

Leicester City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “I’m very pleased to see this once-stately building being brought back into use thanks to this exciting transformation.

“Braunstone Hall, as it was, has been a landmark, stately building for nearly 250 years, but over the years it had fallen into decline and disrepair, before this wonderful transformation took place. 

“I think it’s very fitting that the hall is renamed Winstanley House too, in honour of the Winstanley family who lived there for over 150 years, and who were important and popular local figures in their day. 

“Now it has been tastefully revamped and refurbished in a way that will benefit the area and enable future generations to continue to enjoy it.”

Developer Naresh Parmar added: “I am delighted that we have been able to bring this amazing building back to life. 

"We want it to be something that the local community are proud of for years to come.  Our aim is to make this the premier venue in the Midlands, and really happy with how it has all turned out.”

Braunstone Hall was originally commissioned by Clement Winstanley, the wealthy owner of the surrounding estate, to become the family’s home.

It was set in 100 acres of rolling parkland, which has now become Braunstone Park. The Winstanley family went on to hold a number of important local roles as leading dignitaries in The Leicester Corporation.

After the First World War, much of the estate’s land was bought through a compulsory purchase order to provide land for housing. The hall was used as a school from the 1930s to the mid 1990s, after which it stood empty.