Leicester's new luxury venue Winstanley House is almost complete - and we've been allowed inside for a sneaky peek!

The Grade II Listed former Braunstone Hall has been beautifully restored over the last 21 months, to create a boutique hotel, event venue and contemporary British steakhouse. The hotel has 19 lavishly decorated bedrooms, including two spacious and elegant bridal suites. There's two magnificent ballrooms (accommodating 150 and 450 guests) which are ideal for weddings or events, with glass frontages opening onto new terraces. The contemporary steakhouse, Black Iron, will serve locally-sourced meat cooked in a charcoal oven. In addition to the 40-seater restaurant there's a private dining room which seats 20 people. The stylish bar will also focus on locally-sourced produce, from gin to beer. There's parking for 110 cars in the five acres of grounds, which stand in the heart of the 168 acre landscaped surroundings of Braunstone Park. Winstanley House is the latest development from the team who rejuvenated The City Rooms in Leicester. The venue is set to open to the public on Saturday, October 14th..

Written by Leicester Mercury, Published on 07/10/2017

"Leicester should thank developers for their vision"

I remember being invited into Braunstone Hall a decade ago, writes Leicester Mercury Business Editor Tom Pegden, and being amazed such a marvelous building had been allowed to fall into such disrepair. Windows had been smashed, the plaster was peeling off the walls and arsonists had done their best to raze the whole thing to the ground. Rather than think about its potential or glorious origins, I remember thinking about the poor kids who had studied there when it was a school - and the dodgy heating they must have had to deal with on so many long, dark, cold winters days. Where the hall was heading was anyone's guess as the council scratched its head at the problem and unsuccessful plans were drawn up to pump vital resources into it. But what to use it for? Landlocked in the middle of a public park it looked unlikely that the private sector would come along and save it.

Who would want to take the risk..? Amazingly, someone did. In 2002, Naresh Parmar and his family had bought Western Park pavilion from the city council. It was boarded up and, like Braunstone Hall, had fallen into disrepair.. After a major renovation, Mr Parmar and his wife Sharon moved into the main building, a four-bedroom house. They also bought the similarly decrepit City Rooms from the council a couple of years later, spending £600,000 restoring the city centre building and turning it into one of the city's top wedding and business function venues. It also meant they were key players in regenerating the area of the city around the market. The City Rooms is run by Naresh's son Kiran who is now taking the reins at the new hotel officially opening in Braunstone Hall today - it is now called Winstanley House, after the family that built it.

The Parmars have spent £2 million restoring and reinventing the neglected building as a top-class boutique hotel, restaurant and wedding venue. The renovated building has two new ballrooms, a new restaurant and new bridal suites. Where there were scorch marks, there is now designer furniture, while once damaged ceilings now have stunning new light fixtures. The building looks wonderful and the views across the park are breathtaking. The Parmars have done an amazing job and I can't see how the enterprise, a labour of love if ever there was one, won't be a runaway success.. The people of Braunstone, and of Leicester as a whole, owe them their thanks.. - Leicester Mercury, Published 10/10/2017


The History of Braunstone Park..

The first records of Braunstone are found in the Doomsday Book of 1086..


Winstanley House is a Grade II listed Wedding Venue and Banqueting Hall..

The History of Braunstone Hall..

Braunstone Hall was built in 1776 for the Winstanley family, lords of..