A wedding and events venue in Warwickshire is recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic by investing £ 300,000 in a series of improvements before lifting scheduled suspensions, which are expected to reopen in June.
Ashton Lodge is an Edwardian country house set in 3 acres in the village of Stretton-under-Fosse near Rugby. It has 14 rooms and exclusively hosts around 70 weddings per year, though that number is expected to rise to 100, and employs around 20 people.
A planning proposal has been submitted to the Rugby Borough Council for improvements, including a new entrance, a pergola for outdoor ceremonies, and a barbecue and covered cooking area.
The property is also being refurbished internally and externally and the gardens are being upgraded.
The property was purchased in 2018 by Wigley Contracts (Barby) Ltd – part of the Wigley Group – and is operated by The Venue Group, which specializes in the management and operation of wedding venues across the UK.
Richard Bray, Venue Group director, said, “These improvements will breathe new life into this beautiful home and property as we prepare to reopen in June as outlined in the government roadmap. It has been an extremely challenging and exciting year for our company, our employees and couples, some of whom have had to postpone the greatest day of their lives several times due to the lifting and reintroduction of restrictions.
“We thank the Wigley Group for investing in their property. We also see it as an investment in our business and sector that has struggled to move through the pandemic and we can’t wait to reopen on June 21st. “
James Davies, Managing Director of Wigley Group, said, “Ashton Lodge is an anomaly in our commercial real estate portfolio, but a fabulous property and business with real potential.
“The past year has been an incredibly challenging year for the hospitality industry and although we have had plans for improvement since we bought the property three years ago, now seems like the right time as preparations for the reopening and restoration begin.
“The Venue Group has a good long-term strategy, and what they want to achieve with future growth against the background of last year, we want to support.”