St Albans' historic landmark Batchwood Hall has seen various uses since its completion in 1874.

Now, the building owned by St Albans City & District Council will become part of the Oakman hotel and restaurant group, which own St Peter's Street restaurant The Beech House.

After most recently operating as a nightclub named 'Club Batchwood' and a vaccination hub during the pandemic, the site will also become a picturesque venue for weddings and other celebrations.

A long-term 35-year lease has been agreed between the local authority and the Oakman group, which will see the company make a multi-million pound investment into refurbishing the building.

Work has been scheduled to begin next year, subject to planning permissions being granted, with the venue likely to open for business in 2025.

Herts Advertiser: The exterior of Batchwood Hall.The exterior of Batchwood Hall. (Image: St Albans City & District Council)

Suzanne Jones, the council’s strategic director for customer, business and corporate support, said: “We are very excited that this magnificent building is being brought back into use to become a St Albans landmark once again.

“The plans to create luxury hotel rooms alongside a high-quality restaurant and bar will help establish the hall as a top destination and attract people looking for a staycation.

“We have worked hard to find an outstanding partner in Oakman who share our vision for this project.

Herts Advertiser: A multi-million pound refurbishment has been planned.A multi-million pound refurbishment has been planned. (Image: St Albans City and District Council)

"We have consulted with the nearby Gorhambury Estate and our leisure contractors Everyone Active who run the adjacent Batchwood golf and sports centre.

“We will now ensure residents are kept informed about progress as we want to take the local community with us as the restoration plans proceed.


“As well as reviving the hall, the lease will also bring us much-needed revenue in the years ahead.”

Oakman has been chosen following "an intensive and open selection process last year".

Peter Borg-Neal, chief executive of the Oakman group, added: "Oakman Inns are delighted to have been chosen to develop this wonderful building.

"We look forward to creating a great space for the people of St Albans to come together to enjoy our hospitality in an outstanding setting."