A BOUTIQUE hotel is set to expand with the creation of 30 new jobs and more accommodation facilities.

Walwick Hall Hotel has had plans approved for 10 accommodation pods, car parking and landscaping works, as well as a multi-purpose venue within the existing walled garden including two function rooms.

Renovation work took place in 2016 to turn the 18th century Grade II listed stately home into a country hotel.

The building had stood empty for a number of years and fallen into a poor state of repair.

The 10 new accommodation pods have been designed to attract those walking Hadrian’s Wall, and despite being located away from the main hotel, the planning statement said they would not have any visual impact on the landscape.

The applicant added that the new development would help the hotel provide significant investment to the local area.

The hotel also aims to support local suppliers, create a new tourism facility for dining and accommodation and a venue for local community groups to use.

The plans received support from local residents and the parish council, which said the redevelopment of Walwick Hall had boosted the local economy.

The 30 new jobs will add to the total of 71 jobs created by Walwick Hall Hotel since 2016.

Walwick Hall Hotel also expanded in 2018 after converting a building, built in 1891 as stables for the Chesters estate in Chollerford, into seven holiday lets.

The hotel’s expansion over the past four years has led to a series of design, planning and tourism awards.