Leicester's newest high class Hotel, Restaurant and Wedding Venue is taking shape after years of dereliction, suffering arson attacks, lead thefts and leaks, Braunstone Hall is in a midst of a huge £2 million makeover.. Two ballrooms have been added, a new restaurant is taking shape and even the new bridal suites are starting to look like the real thing. New artists impressions show how the venue - to be renamed Winstanley House in honour of the family which built the Grade II listed hall - will look within a matter of months.. The owners are the same people behind Leicester's successful wedding, events and conference venue The City Rooms, and who also renovated Western Park Pavilion and Belgrave House. Their vision is to create a venue which will attract everything from people stopping off for a drink, to 450 guest weddings, or business people needing somewhere exclusive to stay and host meetings.

There will be 19 bedrooms - including two bridal suites in separate parts of the building - a 40 seater steak restaurant called Blackiron, a private dining room that will hold 20, and the two new ballrooms holding 450 and 150 guests with vast glass frontages opening up onto new terraces. There will be parking for 110 cars in the five acres of grounds, which stand in the heart of the 168 acre landscaped surroundings of Braunstone Park.. In the new hotel we will employ around 100 people. The City Rooms managing director Kiran Parmar is overseeing the huge refurbishment with his property developer father Naresh. He said they were putting their hearts and souls into creating somewhere the city will be proud of - and taking a once great stately home back to its 18th century glory. He said: "This is all our vision - all our ideas, which we have then taken to the architects. "It's going to be finished in a few months time, with the main hotel opened around July and we are now at the stage where we are about to start on the marketing. "There will be weddings this year. "The City Rooms is perfect for weddings and Christmas parties, but this has the outdoor space and the extra bedrooms. "And we are already getting inquiries from big corporate businesses interested in using Winstanley House - who might not previously have come to Leicester."

Naresh Parmar said they started working on site a year ago, following years of discussions with Braunstone Hall's owners Leicester City Council. The new ballrooms have been designed by Hinckley-based MAS architecture and the restaurant designed by Leicester's Faber Design & Architecture. He said they have used local tradesmen as much as possible, including their own team of 15 tradesmen. He said: "Adding the extensions and a new reception area has been very difficult but luckily we have a very good architect. "It's all our money going into this and it has taken seven years to get here. "Other people were interested along the way, but couldn't deliver. "Luckily when Sir Peter Soulsby became mayor he said, "enough is enough, let's get on with it". "He was really instrumental in moving things forward." The family have the building on a 125 year peppercorn lease. Leicester Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said it was a huge relief for such an important building to be brought back to life. He said: "I am delighted by what they've done. "People will remember that just a few years ago people were desperately worried about this treasured building. "People were despairing over whether it could be saved but now we've managed to make it a major asset." - Leicester Mercury, May 13th, 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..