Signature Living has announced it is set to open a new hotel this week, marking the first of two sites it has pledged to open before the end of the year.
Rainhill Hall is a Grade II listed country house located near St Helens, and is set within an 18-acre woodland setting.
The site was built in 1824 and was a family home until 1923, when it was sold to the Jesuits who renamed it Loyola Hall and turned into a Catholic retreat. After World War II, they added a chapel and 50 ensuite rooms for residential visitors.
In 2014, it was closed as a spirituality centre and was bought by Signature Living three years later. In 2018, St Helens Council gave its approval for its transformation into a hotel and wedding venue.
Since acquiring the site, Signature Living has added 14 rooms on the lower ground floor, as well as a function room and spa.
The upper ground floor features 10 rooms including function rooms, restaurant and dining facilities, a bar and a reception area. The first floor features 19 bedrooms, including a bridal suite, while the second floor has four further bedrooms.
Lawrence Kenwright, co-owner and founder of Signature Living said: “This historic venue offers a blend of timeless character and contemporary charm and has a wonderful chapel, so everything is here on one site for the perfect wedding.
“It is truly a magical place with amazing trees and very few members of the public have stayed here for nearly 100 years, so this will be a great experience for those first through the doors.”
He added: “I believe we have put this stunning place back on the map and not only will it create special memories for visitors, especially those being married, but also will be a vibrant destination for unforgettable events.
“The fact that we are opening Rainhill Hall after such a difficult year is a testament to our entire staff. They have worked with me literally day and night to keep our business alive, to bring forward schemes and to be able to continue to deliver amazing experiences for our customers under the strictest of social distancing measures.”