New Kenwick Park owner makes £2.5m expansion a priority
Donna and David Copley, the husband and wife team behind Coppergreen Developments, with the hotel expansion plans and a Kenwick Park lodge interior.
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 8 Aug 2018
Kenwick Park is poised for major expansion as a new era gets underway at the Lincolnshire leisure resort, creating dozens of jobs.
A £2.5 million plan to add a 17-bedroom extension to the hotel and a further 19 lodges is to be pursued by new owner Coppergreen Developments, with chief executive David Copley having been a long-time admirer of former owner Stuart Flynn’s work just south of Louth.
A view of Kenwick Park Hotel showing where the extension will fit, with the shed to make way and first floor corridor doorway already in situ from the last expansion.
The pair met through the industry 15 years ago, with the Sheffield-based buyer having visited on several occasions in that period.
Mr Copley said: “Stuart has done a great job building up the business here, I think it is a fantastic location and a very good business. It is one of the most impressive locations in the area.
“When Stuart intimated to me he might be thinking about retiring it seemed very apt to try and buy the business if we could. Having had conversations with Stuart, we came to an agreement.”
Coppergreen began with Woodland Lakes, a 54 lodge holiday park in Carlton Miniott, near Thirsk, building it up before acquiring luxury golf and leisure setting Piperdam, near Dundee in Scotland. As the Kenwick deal went through a farmer’s field by Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire, was also acquired, with planning permission for 129 lodges and a leisure centre close to the stunning
Turning attention back to Lincolnshire, Mr Copley said: “Kenwick, at the moment, has planning for a 17 bedroom hotel extension which we are going to commence as soon as we can. We also have planning permission for a further 19 lodges which we will put on as soon as we can. That’s about a £2.5 million spend, and we are looking at refurbishing some of the rooms in the hotel, and we want to increase conference facilities too. I think there is considerable business to be had in that area.
“We also want to link up with other local businesses to offer guests more activities and our plan is to try and get planning consent for even more lodges on Kenwick, and really take it to the next level.”
Currently, all lodges are owned by private individuals. The next phase will see Kenwick retain them for short stay breaks. “That brings more income to the local area, as well as the park, and creates a lot more employment,” he said. “There will be more jobs throughout the business, initially we will be looking at 30 to 40 jobs, with possibly another 30 to 50 jobs long term.”
Kenwick currently has 34 rooms, which will hit 51 when the works complete, enhancing the L-shape around the impressive lawn area, with 19 lodges on the wider estate taking it to accommodation for 70 different guest parties.
“It is a business to build on, without a doubt,” Mr Copley added.