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Coldeast Mansion aims to build 18 more ‘apart-hotel’ rooms

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Now the owners of the 25,000 square foot Victorian building want to add 18 more aparthotel rooms to the building, which also has a restaurant and is used as a wedding venue.

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Coldeast Manor, Sarisbury Photo: Chris Moorhouse (jpns 061021-19)

They asked Fareham Borough Council to expand their hotel to 50 rooms with an annex containing four duplex apartments.

The site offers self-catering accommodation for short or long term stays.

Planning documents state that the additional rooms are economically necessary to generate additional revenue to “cover the fixed costs of operating the mansion and its land”.

The extension’s design is described as a ‘light pavilion style’ building which creates a ‘mews style courtyard’ to the side of the mansion.

Owners Jason Parker and Daniel Byrne, just at The Mansion at Coldeast, Sarisbury Photo: Chris Moorhouse (jpns 061021-20)

The extension will be hidden away facing the front of the mansion, council papers say the proposal would not negatively impact the appearance of the locally listed building.

Originally formed as part of the Coldeast Farm estate, the mansion was owned by the Hornby family in the early 1840s.

The hospital closed in 1996 and the land surrounding the mansion was sold for housing.

Restoration of the mansion was secured in 2013 following a planning application which included consent for use as a hotel with reception rooms and facilities.

The redevelopment was completed in 2017 until the developer entered administration in 2019.

The mansion was later purchased by Fern Property Ltd and reopened in autumn 2021 after a £2million refurbishment.

Business partners Jason Parker and Daniel Byrne now own the mansion. Mr Parker runs Becketts in Southsea with his wife Soraya and the second branch of Becketts has opened in Coldeast.

The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner indoors and outdoors. It also has a business lounge and provides event space.