Flat Cap Hotels announce second Cheshire site

Brothers eye Knutsford venue for second hotel venture

Flat Cap Hotels have announced plans to open a new property, the firm’s second, in Knutsford later this year.

The group was founded by brothers Oliver and Dominic Heywood in 2015 when they successfully launched “The Vicarage Freehouse & Rooms” just outside Holmes Chapel.

The group has now secured the former Crown Court in Knutsford, which has been closed since 2010, and are currently going through a change of use and planning application.

Flat Cap Hotels plan to convert the property, which will be named ‘The Courthouse’, into a unique venue with a 150 cover restaurant and bar, and a converted court room with a 550 guest capacity for conferences, weddings, exhibitions and events.

The two existing wings of the building will be converted into 10 luxury bedrooms and 2017 will see the construction of up to 50 more bedrooms.

The group’s executive chef Steven Tuke will champion locally sourced, British seasonal food.

Welcoming applications for 60 new jobs, the company will be looking to source an array of roles from within the local area, offering opportunities throughout the company.

Employment will also be sourced from local schools and colleges, providing apprenticeships and NVQ programmes.

The recruitment plan demonstrates the Heywood brothers’ long term commitment to the town and local residents, with their family having lived in the area for over 60 years.

Flat Cap Hotels has already invested a large amount of capital into the refurbishment programme and the works are currently under way at The Courthouse.

The brothers are now offering the opportunity to be a part of their exciting plans for growth through an online crowdfunding campaign which will raise funds to invest into Flat Cap Hotels’ expansion.

The group were selected by Seedrs to run this unique campaign and it will be the website’s first UK hotel campaign.

The campaign went live on Monday 25th July and will run for 60 days (see: seedrs.com/flatcaphotels) offering equity and special rewards to each investor.

The funds will be invested into the growth of Flat Cap Hotels which will help deliver the exciting project at The Courthouse and reinstate the iconic building to its former glory, opening it up the public for the first time.

Flat Cap Hotels’ ongoing strategy is to bring buildings of historical prevalence and individual character into community use for all demographics to enjoy whilst appealing to both the corporate and leisure market.

The Courthouse will be the second property in the group with additional properties presently in the pipeline. The brother’s current strategy is to acquire and have 5 sites in operation by 2019, all of unique style, history and character.

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