Julie Blackie, who is also an author and screenwriter, is setting her sights on the wedding market, with plans to provide a new marriage venue and overspill accommodation for guests tying the knot at sites around the Northumberland town.
She said: “Otterburn has become a really popular place for couples to marry, but there just wasn’t the level of overnight accommodation locally to meet demand from wedding guests.
“The Coach House will fill that gap in the market, and we’re also welcoming in parties and celebrations of our own to cater for local people and those visiting the area from further afield.
“We’ll be providing great food – including Sunday lunches - and an excellent atmosphere, so local people can enjoy a great night out without having to travel to Newcastle or Edinburgh for it.”
The Grade II listed coach house is set in a deer park and woodland around the former hotel which closed in 2012, and was sold to Ms Blackie in January last year.
Built in 1870 the Coach House has 14 bedrooms, a bar and didning area, and has recently undergone major refurbishment since Ms Blackie took ownership.
Having already helped her daughter, Alice Hall set up a multi-million-pound turnover online fashion business; Pink Boutique, Ms Blackie has embarked on her latest venture alongside another of her four daughters, Julie Burrows.
The intial new five job roles include a new management position taken up by Laura Kennedy, who previously worked as assistant manager at the Newcastle-Gateshead Hilton.
She said: “ This is a tremendous challenge and a very exciting opportunity for me to help the Coach House become one of the must go to hotels in the region. We’ve had a number of firm bookings on Bookings.com so the signs are already looking good for the future.
“We have an incredible team and I’m looking forward to making our guests feel valued and welcome. Otterburn has so much to offer and I’m proud to be such a big part of the hotel’s plans.”
The Coach House is due to open in August.
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