Manor By The Lake in Cheltenham set for revamp as exclusive wedding venue
NEW owners of an historic gothic manor house hope to restore it to its former glory to become an exclusive wedding venue.
The 19th century Manor By The Lake in Cheltenham has been taken over in a bid to turn it into a scenic location for ceremonies and corporate events.
Michael Chittenden and Tammy Madge plan to invest a six-figure sum to restore the manor at Arle Court . Once it is up and running, the venue will provide around 30 jobs.
When completed, the Manor will have several function rooms, with two capable of seating up to 80 people and a new ballroom that will hold up to 200 people.
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The investment will also see the addition of 10 luxury bedrooms for guests.
Subject to planning approval, the new owners hope to finish the ground floor function rooms and ballroom by August this year and the bedrooms by December.
Michael and Tammy have previous form for turning old manor houses into venues for weddings and corporate events, having done so in East Anglia.
Tammy said: "We fell in love with the Manor By The Lake as soon as we saw it.
"The building and its grounds are magnificent and it is so unusual to have a property like this located so close to a town centre. It's a great opportunity to restore and enhance a beautiful building to its former glory."
Michael added: "While we are new to the area, Gloucestershire's excellent reputation for food production is well known and we want to use local produce extensively and make that a feature of our catering."
The manor, built between 1856 and 1858, has been rundown in recent years. It has been used sporadically as office space and for weddings.