Brownlow House, one of Lurgan’s most famous landmarks, has undergone a major transformation in recent years.
And the changes are set to continue with the committee behind the redevelopment of ‘The Castle’ confident that a hotel with get the go ahead for the historic building in the near future.
Chairman of Friends of Brownlow House, David Martin said: “After the fire in 1997 it took 11 years to get back up and running. A lot of money has been spent and we’ve been left with a beautiful building with astronomical running costs.
“To that end we had to put our heads together and came up with business ventures to bring on board.
“The function room lent itself to wedding receptions and the tea rooms have proven very popular.
“We were also able to rent out office space.”
David added: “More recently we’ve redeveloped the courtyard and brought in the gym and shops.
“The cherry on top will be the hotel. The plan is to turn the family wing into guest bedrooms. There will be nothing else like it in Northern Ireland.
“We are employing a consultant on the hotel so we’re putting our money where our mouth is. We’re hoping to see major development in the next two years.”
David commented: “This isn’t about making money. It’s about meeting costs and passing Brownlow House on to future generations from all sides of the community.
“It’s also great to set up young people in business and help them live their dreams.”