England: Elvaston Castle renovation to yield 27-hole golf course

Work is scheduled to begin next summer on a €35 million renovation of the historic Elvaston Castle in Derbyshire into a resort hotel.

The renovation will include development of a new 27-hole golf course on approximately 120 acres of adjoining land, according to plans announced by Highgate Sanctuary, the project's developer.

Highgate officials will submit an official application to the South Derbyshire District Council this fall, and both the hotel and golf course are expected to open some time in 2011.

The Elvaston Castle estate was owned and operated by the local city council for more than 40 years before escalating maintenance costs, which averaged €500,000 annually, as well as the need for €3 million in repairs, forced the city to seek private investment.

In 2004, Highgate Sanctuary agreed to a 150-year lease to manage the castle and part of the surrounding grounds.

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