Award-winning Kitley House in South Devon plans to re-open from September as a dedicated, exclusive-use wedding and private events venue, making the most of its 600-acre estate on the banks of the river Yealm at Yealmpton.
Last year the four-star hotel and restaurant won a raft of awards, most notably a Devon Tourism Awards' Gold for Best Wedding Venue and a Silver for Best Events Venue. Following enforced closure in March because of the Covid-19 lockdown, all bookings had to be postponed and employees placed on furlough.
With appropriate social distancing measures in place, Kitley hopes to re-open for September with a fresh business model and name - 'Kitley House and Country Estate' - which play to its strengths as an outstanding venue for weddings and special celebrations.
Managing Director Spike Bastard, whose family has owned Kitley for generations, says: 'In recent months I have taken the opportunity to reflect on the future of the business and how best to thrive in the new economic and social climate following the pandemic. We consider now is the right time to refocus Kitley, re-opening soon as a dedicated wedding and private events venue, concentrating on the services we deliver exceptionally well and for which the estate offers incredible scope.'
During the lockdown closure, the manor house and grounds have been undergoing further renovations and improvements. Plans are currently being refined to landscape a dedicated area for a modular marquee with full 360-degree open views including the River Yealm. This will provide flexible indoor-outdoor space and greater scope to run weddings and events undercover in line with social distancing guidelines.
Once the Government gives the go-ahead for wedding receptions and larger social gatherings to resume, Kitley hopes these improvements to the venue will give guests even more opportunity to personalise their day and celebrate safely on the estate exclusively with family, friends and colleagues.
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