Plans to turn Guernsey’s La Grande Mare Hotel into an extensive ‘country club’ resort featuring much-improved visitor accommodation and facilities for golf have been approved by the island’s Development & Planning Authority.
The five-star Country Club & Resort – designed by Liverpool architects KKA – will play a pivotal role in supporting economic growth and increased tourism for Guernsey.
Located on the shores of Vazon Bay on the Island’s west coast, La Grande Mare is surrounded by over 100 acres
of scenic private grounds encompassing eco-friendly landscaped gardens, lakes, woodlands and an 18-hole golf course. The hotel was bought by Guernsey-based businessman Stephen Lansdown in 2019 with a view to creating a “world class golf club and resort”.
KKA’s masterplan for the new development will see the existing buildings and driving range being replaced with a golf club, health and fitness club, restaurant and event facilities, 15 self-catering visitor accommodation lodges, a new driving range and academy building and extending and remodelling the existing golf course. A new access point will be created off Le Gele Road.
“Through close collaboration
with our client, we’ve put together
a vision for … an important attraction
in Guernsey for many years.”
Chris Long – director, KKA – said: “Through close collaboration with our client, we’ve put together a vision for a new look La Grande Mare that will transform the site while retaining the charm that has made it such an important attraction in Guernsey for many years.
“Upon completion, the new look La Grande Mare will be a resort that uses design to support both the physical and mental wellbeing health of its staff and guests. It will cater to and exceed the evolving expectations of today’s business and leisure travelers.
“This is very proud moment for our team and a brilliant end to 2021 – we can’t wait for work to start on site next year.”
The project is being managed by investment services group Ravenscroft Group.
KKA recently won a Northern Design Award for its work on Bristol City’s Robin’s High Performance Centre training ground. Earlier this year, it was announced that co-directors Kasia Borkowska and Chris Long had taken full ownership of the company.