AN HISTORIC building which was falling into a state of decay has been transformed into luxury holiday accommodation.

The Grade II-listed building, built in 1891 as stables for the Chesters estate in Chollerford, has been transformed into seven holiday lets.

The stables are part of the hotel complex at Walwick Hall, owned by Rachel Batson, which attracts international tourists visiting Hadrian’s Wall all year round.

The buildings were in a semi-derelict state, but now have features including mezzanine floors and glass frontages, with each stable suite unique in its design. One-bedroom suite ‘The Stallion’, for example, features exposed brick walls and original stable partitions.

The previous owner of the stables had been granted consent to turn them into six dwellings with an underground car park, but these plans were shelved after the property was bought by Rachel.

Rachel said: “There is a huge shortage and need for a place like this in the local area. A luxury market demands luxury entertainment, and you can have everything Walwick Hall has to offer straight to your door.”

Due to the building’s Grade II listed status, no major work could be carried out on brickwork or windows. However, this helped keep the authenticity of the buildings and create a “relaxed home away from home experience,” Rachel said.

After two and a half years of meticulous planning, Rachel worked with Doonan Architects to perfect every small detail. She was so determined to see the project to fruition that she only took two weeks maternity leave earlier this year.

Rachel said: “I wanted the stables to provide a similar but different appeal to the main hotel, combining contemporary and authenticity. The stables was too important a building to lose.”