Grade II, in a conservation area.
The Mason’s Arms has been a hotel and coaching inn since the 18th century. Hotel bedroom facilities, such as bathrooms had not been upgraded since the 1930s. There were nine bedrooms, seven without an en-suite bathroom, and two bedrooms with dated en-suite cubicles. Repairs were also necessary, including the roof covering, lime plaster and cornice repairs damaged from a leaking roof whilst the building lay vacant. The whole building was in need of a new lease of life and a major investment.
An assessment of significance was undertaken on a room by room basis to inform the changes required to upgrade and improve the hotel. Design advice for the redesign resulted in planning approvals to enlarge the kitchen and install sensitively located new extraction, alterations to create 10 en-suite hotel rooms, install a lift, create a first-floor bar, new toilet facilities, fire safety measures and obtain a change of use to incorporate an adjacent unit. A specification and methodology for undertaking like for like repairs and specialist cornice repairs to the ballroom was submitted to the planning authority which allowed works of repair to commence whilst consents were obtained for the alterations.