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rydecastlerestoreThe historic Ryde Castle hotel is set to re-open in October following an 18 month project to rebuild the listed building after a blaze engulfed and severely damaged the property in March last year.

The hotel owners, pub retailer and brewer Greene King, have been working closely with the Isle of Wight Council Conservation Team to restore Ryde Castle to its former glory and will be welcoming the first guests back into the hotel in the middle of October, less than 2 months away.

RydeCastle_18032012_006Over 50 firefighters tackled a huge fire at the seafront hotel on 17th March 2012, a blaze caused by fireworks which were set off from the roof during a wedding reception.

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Manager David Edwards said:

“The team is very excited about re-opening now we are just a few weeks away. It was always a beautiful building and the work that has been done to restore original features and retain the character of the building has been extraordinary.”

Planning permission was obtained to tweak the layout internally, improving accessibility and comfort of guests, particularly within the reception and bar area.  Ryde Castle will have 18 bedrooms, each with modern standards, and is part of the Old English Inn group.

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