Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland hotel's new owners in £1m extension plans

From left: Julie McIlwaine and Stephen Comer of First Trust Bank with Barry and Adam Kemp and Sam Harding at The Beech Hill Hotel
From left: Julie McIlwaine and Stephen Comer of First Trust Bank with Barry and Adam Kemp and Sam Harding at The Beech Hill Hotel

By George Jackson

The new owners of the Beech Hill Hotel in Londonderry have announced investment in the premises of up to £1m.

Adam Kemp, who bought the hotel last September with his brother Barry Kemp and business partner Sam Harding, made the disclosure yesterday during a successful application hearing at the Crown Court in Derry to increase the licenced area of the hotel in order to accommodate a new extension.

The purchase of the Beech Hill Hotel was his company's first foray into Northern Ireland. Mr Kemp said the application related to plans to build a basement orangery-style conservatory under the main dining room overlooking the pond and gardens in the hotel grounds. Mr Kemp said the development would involve converting three basement bedrooms into a bar and restaurant leading to a large patio area, at a cost of £300,000. He also told Judge Babington that the long term plans involved extending the main bedroom area of the hotel.

The total cost, including the current project, would reach £1m.

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