Hotel rises from the ashes

Pictured is Mark Butler, in one of the new rooms at the Old Coach House, Ashby St Ledgers.
Pictured is Mark Butler, in one of the new rooms at the Old Coach House, Ashby St Ledgers.
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A village pub struck by fire is set to reopen bigger and better than ever with the unveiling of 11 new boutique rooms.

The Olde Coachhouse in Ashby St Ledgers will be officially opening the rooms at a party on Thursday next week at an event open to the public.

The new rooms are in part of the historic pub that used to be staff accommodation until a fire tore through the building in July last year.

Since then owner Mark Butler has worked to turn the potential disaster into an opportunity.

He said: “We received planning permission for 11 new bedrooms and I wanted to make them rather special.

“We’ve now created some lovely boutique rooms.

“They have all the mod cons you would expect in a five star hotel, but we’ve worked hard to keep the country inn feel.

“There’s three different themes, but each room is unique. We’ve used modern but distressed furniture, and created wonderful bathrooms with rainfall and power showers. There’s also antiqued pictures and bric-a-brac in the rooms.

“Although it’s all new, we didn’t want it to feel that way.”

The pub previously had a small selection of six rooms, but Mr Butler says the extra space should help: “We’re keeping four of the old rooms, giving us a total of 15.”

The 2012 fire, which was started accidentally, gutted the former staff accommodation, with some members of staff losing all their possessions. Six different fire stations sent crews to deal with it, along with the Red Cross emergency team who helped the staff with toiletries and clothes. The blaze began at 3pm when the rooms were unoccupied so no one was injured.