Denbighshire County Council is moving forward with plans to preserve the future of an important landmark.
The Council has taken surrender of the lease for Bodelwyddan Castle enabling the future of the historic site to be safeguarded and provide an economic boost for the local area. The Trust was advertising its lease for sale however, the Council was able to acquire the lease for less than half the asking price.
The Council recently sold the freehold interest in the Hotel next to the Castle to Bourne Leisure (a subsidiary of Warner) & Bourne Leisure is now purchasing the freehold interest in the Castle.
Bourne Leisure will take official ownership of the Castle later this month.
The Council will keep woodland, the meadow in front of the Castle and a car park so that the public can enjoy access to the land surrounding the Castle. The management of this land will be by the Council’s Countryside Services.
The Parkland which is subject to an agricultural tenancy will be retained and managed together with the Council’s other agricultural land and farms.
The small lodge on the Eastern boundary of the estate will also be retained by the Council pending a review of its use.
Councillor Julian Thompson-Hill, Lead Member for Finance, Performance and Strategic Assets, said: “We are really pleased to be able to help secure the future of such a prominent popular historic Denbighshire landmark. This exciting development will help raise the profile of Denbighshire as a tourism location to enjoy while staying here and it will also bring an important economic boost to the surrounding communities.
“The Council also recognises how much the site is an important asset to people who live in the area and that is why we want to keep the parkland in public ownership so people can continue to enjoy the stunning grounds surrounding the castle.
“We are also grateful to Bourne Leisure’s commitment and drive towards preserving the site and their work to bring together this boost for the local economy when they take over the main Castle building.”
A spokesperson from Bourne Leisure commented:
“We’re delighted to have come to an agreement with Denbighshire County Council to purchase the freehold.
“Warner Leisure Hotels has operated Bodelwyddan Castle Hotel since 1994, the year we became the UK’s first adult-only hotel chain – and over the last 26 years we have welcomed over 500,000 guests to stay and enjoy the delights of Denbighshire, supporting jobs and the local economy.
“We’re excited by this opportunity for us to further enhance the site for guests to enjoy.”
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