Derelict farm buildings converted into luxury holiday accommodation
Picture shows (L-R): James Ashworth, Ingrid Nelson, Kate Ashworth and Bruce Ashworth
Newark-based arable farming business The Ashworth Partnership has launched a new holiday cottage venture after securing a six-figure funding package from HSBC UK.
Established in 1956, The Ashworth Partnership is a traditional, family-run farming enterprise.
The cash injection has enabled the partnership to develop Little Corkhill Farm Holidays – converting derelict farm buildings into luxury holiday cottages set on the farm.
The newly renovated, purpose-built properties date back to Victorian times and were originally used to house livestock. Now, the cottages – comprising The Milling Shed, The Cowshed and The Piggery – can accommodate up to 15 guests and have been fitted with sustainable air source heat pump central heating and wood-burning stoves.
Bruce Ashworth, senior partner at The Ashworth Partnership, said: “We’re delighted to launch Little Corkhill Farm Holidays with the funding from HSBC UK. The support we’ve received from our relationship manager, Ingrid Nelson, and Midlands agriculture director, Jason Baker, has been completely invaluable. It’s an exciting new venture as we diversify our business and dip our toes in hospitality for the first time. We’re looking forward to welcoming visitors to our farm and enabling them to explore the surrounding Nottinghamshire countryside and the historical towns nearby.”
Ingrid Nelson, Midlands agriculture relationship manager at HSBC UK, added: “We are pleased to be supporting The Ashworth Partnership with the diversification of its business and the development of Little Corkhill Farm Holidays. The new offering will support the business’ growth while helping the local economy by encouraging visitors to the area and creating new job opportunities for locals.”
The precise value of the funding package has not been disclosed.