I write today to share some sad news in respect of the future of De Rougemont Manor. As many of our guests will be aware, over the last 3 years since the arrival of the COVID pandemic the hotel has been undergoing a planning application for the change of use to revert back to residential development. After exploring all options, yesterday Brentwood Council have approved this application.
I can confirm we will continue trading at the hotel until Sunday 1st October 2023 at which point the hotel will then sadly close. We can take some comfort in knowing that after the hotel closes the grounds within the hotel will become available for public use, and many original features of the hotel and banqueting suite will remain, including being locally listed as a building of historic interest. All plans are available via the Brentwood planning portal and you can see how the developers have put the scheme together which will not only preserve and restore the buildings, but also enhance them and the grounds.
Whilst this news brings a mixture of emotions, predominantly sadness, not just personally having worked at the hotel for 14 years, it also brings great sadness to all our loyal staff including those who have been with us 20+ years, and of course the Hilton family who have now owned the hotel for a staggering 55 years!
Many of us have been very privileged to share such fantastic memories and times at the hotel and I know for so many this place holds such a special place in our hearts, as it does mine. We have held countless weddings, overnight stays, parties, celebrations, corporate events and much, much more!
It’s now important that we look to the good times ahead. I can be sure of one thing; we will be going out with a summer to remember. We will still be running the hotel to our high standards and ensuring that right up until our last guest we continue to maintain the fantastic reputation we are known for. We will continue to invest into the hotel over the next 6 months, including renovations due to shortly take place on our Suite bedrooms.
Please continue to work with us, as our team start to reach out to many of our fantastic suppliers and guests who this may affect.
I sincerely hope that over the next few months you will be able to join us in celebrating our many years here and remember all the good times as we welcome you once more.