Purchased by Edward Wellington in late 2015, Norris Castle (East Cowes, Isle of Wight) is a Grade I listed castle set in 225 acres of landscaped parkland consisting of forests, fields and further historical buildings, not to mention 1.5 miles of coastline. Regularly visited by Queen Victoria during her youth and situated next door to her palatial home Osborne House, the plan for Norris Castle is as exciting as it is ambitious.
The Castle will be restored to a grand, boutique ‘all’ suite hotel with further development across the estate for ‘Branded Residences’ which will be associated to the hotel. There are 200 + homes planned for the wider estate along with a spa and several other amenities.
Not only is this the only viable way of securing the long term future of the Castle and wider estate but it will create a mass of jobs both in the short and long term, increase revenue island wide and bring the allusive five star tourism market, which the island has been unable to capture to date due to the lack of premium hotel provision.
Pilcot construction Ltd, known for the restoration of Totland Pier IOW has removed asbestos from the castle basement and has carried out many emergency repairs during pre-app discussions.
A further 37 acres of adjacent land has been optioned to mitigate any potential development harm to the historic Norris Castle Estate.
The planning application is currently being finalised and will be ready for submission at the back end of 2021.