A historic hall has been sold in a deal that will pave the way for it to be transformed into a luxury hotel complex.
Wicksteed Charitable Trust has today announced it has sold Barton Seagrave Hall to the Hazleton Group, who have big plans to turn it into a 52-bedroom hotel, restaurant, wedding venue, and spa.
The developers got planning permission to refurbish the house earlier this year, but now they can start works on the Grade II listed home after purchasing it.
The Hazleton Group told the Telegraph last month they hope to open up the restaurant by the end of the year, while the other parts of the refurbishment will be phased in.
Oliver Wicksteed, chairman of the Wicksteed Charitable Trust, said: “We are delighted that the hall will be restored to its former glory and will once again be full of life, providing much needed facilities and jobs for the local community.
Barton Hall is located opposite the park in Barton Road, Kettering.
A spokesman for the park said that the house was sold for an undisclosed but significant sum, and the money will be invested into the upkeep of Wicksteed, including the park’s lake restoration project.
The Telegraph revealed in July that the park had received £1m from the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore its lake, and this extra cash could be used to help build a cycle path round the water.
Mr Wicksteed added: “The sale will also help The Wicksteed Charitable Trust to concentrate on its core objective of providing a free park for the people of Kettering and the wider community, which inspires young people and families to lead a fit, healthy and active life.”
Tom Hazelton, managing director of the Hazelton Group, said: “We are thrilled to have acquired this delightful building, which is full of character and potential.
“We have a great track record of lovingly restoring buildings which are treasured by the local community and bringing them back to life and look forward to starting work on this exciting new project.”