The owner of a hotel, spa and golf club plans to invest £ 10million to help transform the site into a ‘destination resort’.
The All Saints Hotel Golf and Spa, in Fornham St Genevieve, just outside Bury St Edmunds, has been owned by David Harris for about five and a half years.
It has already invested more than £ 5million since taking over the 150-acre site, and ongoing plans would amount to an additional expenditure of £ 10million.
Some of these projects are pending planning permission, including a recent application for two tennis courts, a pickleball field and a golf course.
Mr Harris, of M&D Developments, said his vision was to achieve “something very special” – not just for the All Saints site, but Bury St Edmunds.
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Mr Harris, who also owns Hengrave Hall, a popular wedding venue, said: “What we’re trying to do is make it a resort destination.
“There is nothing like it in Bury where you can stay with all the facilities – gym, swimming pool, restaurants, golf course, spa.”
He added: “The latest application is for two tennis courts, a pickleball court – this is becoming very popular – and a driving range for golfers.
“He’s trying to bring things together so that we have these things that people will love to use.”
Additions were made to All Saints during the lockdown, including a new reception area, outdoor gym, relaxation room and near-completed golf simulation room.
The hotel, currently with 41 rooms, is expected to double its number of rooms and an extension including a lounge for members of the golf club is expected to start soon.
Pending planning decisions, proposals for 15 holiday lodges – down from 70 originally – and a handful of apartments, of which the latter would be deprived.
Mr Harris said: “I am not a hotelier, but we try to do what is right for the place or the hotel.
“I’ve seen the huge support this gives to other businesses, whether it’s a cab driver or a florist, the person covering the chairs. It all ricochets out of the way. business.”
All Saints, which also has three function rooms, has a new chef, Adam Spicer, who has joined the All Saints team of around 80 people.
Mr Spicer, who has ambitions for The View of Three Rosettes restaurant and is featured in the Michelin Guide, said they had just started their new menu, adding: “We just want to produce the best possible, original food. regional and local. “
If the pending plans for the site materialize, more than 20 jobs would be created there.
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