Cockliffe Country House hotel in Nottinghamshire has begun working on an extensive \u00a3750,000 refurbishment, following planning approval.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nOwned by independent hotel group Heritage Estates, the 11-bedroom 17th Century former farmhouse in Burntstump Country Park will now undergo an investment scheme to transform the property\u2019s bedrooms, restaurant, wedding and conference facilities.\r\n\r\nThe programme includes the build of a new 2,400 sq ft permanent multi-purpose space, which can seat up to 80 guests and is \u201cideal for weddings\u201d. \r\n\r\nThere will also be a full refit of the main house, keeping its traditional values but with a modern twist. The designs will feature wooden beams, exposed stonework and high ceilings, allowing the space to be filled with natural light. \r\n\r\nJon-Paul Davies, director of Heritage Estates, said: \u201cWhen we first walked into Cockliffe we could see the fantastic potential of the building. The property is over 400-years old and is a heritage asset to the area so we had to do what was right by the property, rather than just seeing the commercial opportunities.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe\u2019re so pleased to have finally been granted planning permission after a two year process, and to have the investment and strategy in place will be key going forwards.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe hotel, which was acquired by Heritage for around \u00a31m back in 2014, will also see an internal bar moved, a new bridal suite created and a secondary kitchen installed. The build is expected to be complete in May 2017.