Big plans to restore Norris Castle in East Cowes have come to light as the owners of the Grade I and II listed buildings drew up plans for the site, as well as the nearby Springfield Estate.
It is expected that the Grade I listed castle, which Queen Victoria visited as a child, will be restored and transformed into a luxury hotel with 2 connected buildings constructed, to provide a swimming pool, additional hotel rooms as well as services and equipment.
The grade I Norris Castle farm, bailiff’s house, cottage and walled kitchen garden nearby would be converted into a spa and wellness center offering treatment rooms, spa residences, a restaurant and a Coffee.
It is proposed that houses be constructed outside the estate boundaries on the southwestern lot along with an access road through the Springhill estate to provide a new entrance.
On the Grade II listed dike, which would be repaired and restored to stabilize the land, 4 seaside buildings will be constructed for resort apartments. Along the seafront, several vacation homes, a boathouse and a slipway are available.
The Category II pumping station will be restored and converted into a clubhouse and the ruin of the Category II bathhouse will be restored as a restaurant.
The 4 grade II stone watering basins will be restored, as well as the grade I park and garden to preserve the cave.
Category II livestock shelters would provide a resort residence, gatehouse and security building.
A blanket application will also be submitted for a 55 unit senior residences program, with associated communal facilities in parts of the Springhill estate and the farm, retaining and converting existing buildings.
Ideas for the site have been slow to come through with no formal planning requests yet to be submitted to the Isle of Wight Council, although the Norris Castle Estate Group has hinted that it may be this this month.
Multiple consultations were carried out by the promoters when drawing up the plans, which the Group hopes will be “reflected”.
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