Hall’s going well with hotel plans

Michelle and Gary Gee, owners of Rossington Hall Estate, outside the Hall which they are transforming in to a country hotel. Picture: Liz Mockler DONC-RossingtonHallD9856LM

Michelle and Gary Gee, owners of Rossington Hall Estate, outside the Hall which they are transforming in to a country hotel. Picture: Liz Mockler DONC-RossingtonHallD9856LM

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DEVELOPERS say plans to convert one of Doncaster’s grandest buildings into a hotel are “progressing well”.

Gary and Michelle Gee have submitted a planning application to Doncaster Council outlining their proposals for the historic Rossington Hall.

They have hopes of turning it into a hotel and a venue for weddings.

Restoration work has been taking place over the last few months to restore the hall back to its former glory.

Up to 20 handymen have been working on the building rewiring, repainting and rebuilding the Great North Road-based hall which has roots dating back to 1773.

It was bought by Doncaster couple Mr and Mrs Gee earlier this year.

“Work is progressing well and everything seems to be going according to plan,” said Mr Gee.

“It’s important that we keep the character of the building because it has some fantastic original features, so we’ve been restoring those and really working hard to repair it.

“We’re confident we’ve got the support of Doncaster Council during the planning process and we’re always looking to residents for feedback.

“We’ve got local people working on the renovation too so they’re learning new skills and we’re really pleased with how everything is progressing.

“We’re really excited about the project.

“It’s a very big job. We want to make it into a high-class venue for all of Doncaster to enjoy. It will mean we can employ around 40 or 50 people when we’re up and running which may then evolve.”

An open day is being planned next year following the success of an exhibition held back in September which was used to gauge public support for the project.

During the open day, developers asked for photographs and information to help celebrate the 250-acre estate’s history.

Mr Gee would like to hear from anybody who has pictures of the Italian Sunken Garden based in the grounds, particularly because they believe it used to home a water feature.

The current hall was built in the 1880s after the previous on-site venue was destroyed by fire a few years earlier.

The hall was requisitioned by the Army during World War Two and was occupied by an Indian regiment and also by the Royal Veterinary Corps.

Since then it has also been used as a school for children with special needs.

If anybody has further details about the sunken garden, please call 01302 866822.