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A stately home in Cheshire is launching its very first overnight accommodation as part of ambitious plans to significantly increase the number of weddings held at the 100-acre estate. Capesthorne Hall, in Macclesfield, is constructing six luxury accommodation pods and renovating a number of cottages at the site to provide overnight stays for weddings and events.

It is the first time that the historic venue, which is owned by the Bromley-Davenport family and managed by property agency Fisher German, has had on-site accommodation and the new venture will create three jobs. The double and family luxury ensuite pods are set to launch in March and will feature stylish furnishings, technology including bluetooth speakers and surround sound, as well as a small kitchenette.

Capesthorne Hall has made a significant investment into the project and also received a LEADER funding grant, which provides funding for projects that create jobs, help businesses to grow and benefit the rural economy.

Matthew Burton, of Fisher German, said: “This is a milestone development for Capesthorne Hall, which until now has only had a caravan park within its grounds. It is an extremely popular wedding venue which dates back to the early 18th century and is set in 100 acres of Cheshire countryside, so it is a perfect place to get married.

The plans for this latest development date back to 2016 after it was identified that there was an increasing requirement for on-site accommodation at venues hosting weddings and events. It is part of wider plans to double the number of weddings held at the estate.

The luxury accommodation is in keeping with the grand stately home venue and will retain historic features from the site, including materials from redundant historic greenhouses which will be used to create seating areas for guests after being removed to make way for the pods. 

The pods will be officially launched in March and Capesthorne Hall will be employing three additional members of staff. The accommodation will be offered to wedding and event guests as well as those vising the area and will be available all year round. We have already received a lot of positive feedback and the additional income stream will contribute to funding essential repairs to the hall and grounds.”