Northern Powerhouse Developments adds fourth Yorkshire hotel to its collection

Posted in Business, Projects on 24 January, 2019

Hotel and leisure group Northern Powerhouse Developments has added another Yorkshire property to its growing portfolio of UK hotels.

The Halifax-based developers completed on the purchase of Pennine Manor Hotel at the start of the year, taking the number of operational hotels it now owns across the country to 11.

Located on the outskirts of Huddersfield and surrounded by breath taking scenery, Pennine Manor becomes the group’s fourth Yorkshire hotel and the acquisition further strengthens its position and growing reputation within the county.

Currently made up of 31 bedrooms, the hotel enjoys unrivalled views across the rolling countryside and is a hugely popular venue for weddings and functions.

Northern Powerhouse Developments now plans to further enhance the guest experience by transforming the hotel into a stand-out retreat destination with a stylish refurbishment, including the introduction of a new spa complex.

Talking about the purchase, NPD Chairman Gavin Woodhouse said: “We are delighted to be able to announce the arrival of our fourth hotel in Yorkshire and look forward to opening the doors at Pennine Manor.

“Already established as an idyllic wedding venue, our plan is to undertake a rolling schedule of refurbishments, which will further enhance its reputation and build upon its perfect position in this beautiful and much-visited part of the world.”

In addition, the group also plans to introduce an al fresco bar and dining area to take in the stunning views and renovate all the existing bedrooms to bring them in line with the other hotels in its collection.

Tom Cunningham, hotels director at Savills who oversaw the sale, commented: “We are really pleased to have secured new owners for this well-located hotel in the West Yorkshire countryside.

“Set in picturesque surroundings, yet within close proximity to the connections of the M62, this hotel is popular with visitors from those enjoying a weekend away in the Pennines, to those celebrating a wedding in one of the hotel’s suites.”

Pennine Manor joins The Esplanade in Scarborough, The Imperial Crown in Halifax and The Old Golf House Hotel in Huddersfield in NPD’s Yorkshire cluster of hotels – all chosen to appeal to the ever-growing influx of tourists who visit the county each year.

Following independent research carried out by Sheffield Hallam University, tourism is now worth £8bn a year to the region, with a record-breaking 647,000 international tourists visiting the county in the first half of last year alone.

The study also revealed Yorkshire regularly outperforms any other region in England for visitor numbers and these figures are set to rise even further with tourism body Welcome to Yorkshire having unveiled a multi-million-pound marketing campaign to promote the county both domestically and globally.

Woodhouse added: “Yorkshire has long been a hugely popular tourist destination for a global audience but following high-profile events like the Tour de Yorkshire, huge investment into tourism and the regeneration of so many towns and cities across the region, demand for quality accommodation in Yorkshire continues to soar and we are delighted to be able to offer that across all our hotels.”

With significant investment planned for Huddersfield over the coming years, including the £100m HD One project which will transform the town into a leisure destination, the recent restoration of Halifax’s historic Piece Hall and the growing popularity of towns like Hebden Bridge and Todmorden, it is little surprise to see Kirklees and Calderdale enjoying such a huge resurgence.

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