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Restaurant, brewery and glamping plans for 200-year-old former Caledon Arms Hotel

Caledon Arms Hotel plans

A major redevelopment could see an historic hotel in Caledon brought back to life as a restaurant and brewery.

Plans, drawn up on behalf of construction group Errigal, to transform the 200-year-old Caledon Arms Hotel have been submitted to Mid Ulster Council.

The proposals for the early 19th century property on the village’s Main Street are for the refurbishment and alternation of the vacant former hotel to accommodate a restaurant/brewery with staff accommodation to the upper levels.

Proposed landscaping to the rear will also provide parking, as well as glamping pods, and a kids play area.

Although the previous use was a hotel and public house, the building has been vacant for some time.

The application proposes reinstating the public house and restaurant function along with the addition of a craft brewery which will be broadly similar to the previous use.

Accommodation was previously provided on the upper floors and this use will be echoed in the proposals for staff accommodation on the First and Second Floors.

A design and access statement says the proposals “will provide a desirable bar/restaurant which will benefit the local community as well as catering for visitors to the area”.

The applicant says the works will improve the “economic prospects of the village with increased tourism”.

Built in the early 1820s, the Caledon Arms Hotel was designed by Dublin architect William Murray, who also designed Armagh Courthouse.

Planners on Mid Ulster Council will now consider the application with a decision expected before the end of the year.

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