Plans for Bowood
Plans have been unveiled to build a 120-room hotel, with extensive
conference, health and leisure facilities, at Bowood in Wiltshire
and to extend the existing 18-hole golf course on the estate by
a further nine holes.
Plans for the multi-million-pound development have been submitted
Wiltshire District Council following consultations with council
representatives of English Heritage and the Garden History Society.
The hotel plans renew a scheme that was granted outline planning
permission in 1989 but had to be shelved shortly afterwards due
to the subsequent recession although the golf course was still built
and opened in 1992.
plan was to build a quality hotel with a golf facility," said Lord
Lansdowne, owner of Bowood Estate. "This proposed development enhances
the plans that were approved 11 years ago and fulfils the original
"We are in
negotiations with several leading hoteliers to build and run this
four-star operation. It is a prestigious development that will bring
significant economic benefits to North Wiltshire as well as securing
the long-term future of Bowood."
nine-hole loop has been designed by former Ryder Cup player
David Thomas, who was responsible for the original layout.
"Bowood is already
ranked in the top 50 of Europe's golf courses," said head professional
Max Taylor. "This development will enhance that position and enable
us to attract major international tournaments while continuing to
facilities for our members who are the lifeblood of the club."