We successfully gained planning permission for the development of Eagle Mill Country Boutique Rooms in Houghton, Huntingdon. Eagle Mill is a grade II listed early C19 house located on the edge of the Houghton Conservation Area. The hotel’s name comes from the Black Eagle mill and house which previously stood on the site owned by Potto Brown a relation of William Brown who ran the water mill in Houghton. The windmill was demolished between 1900 and 1924.
The masterplan development on the 0.66ha site aimed at expanding the existing hotel business by constructing a new building for a restaurant, spa, pool, sauna, treatment rooms and additional guest suites rooms. Further to this extensive development of the garden and entertainment areas with additional parking on site were proposed.
It was a challenging project due to the constraints of the listing and conservation area, therefore the design had to respect the heritage significance of Eagle Mill whilst also responding to its semi-rural surroundings. Our proposals for the new building were purposely single storey in a contemporary style to blend in with the landscape and not to detract from the heritage asset. The modern design which is clad in vertical timber cladding allowed all ceilings to be vaulted and the courtyard style plan created connecting inside and outside areas for leisure and entertainment. The thoughtful and clever proposals were appreciated by the local council and through various consultations and development approval was given. The project is now being developed further in preparation for construction.