Flat Cap Hotels launches crowd funding campaign for Knutsford Courthouse site

Flat Cap Hotels is thrilled to announce its plan to open a new property in Cheshire later this year.


Founded by brothers Oliver and Dominic Heywood in 2015 when they successfully launched The Vicarage Freehouse & Rooms near Holmes Chapel, the group has now secured the former Crown Court in Knutsford, which has been closed since 2010, and is currently going through a change of use and planning application.

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Flat Cap Hotels plans to convert the property, which will be named ‘The Courthouse’, into a unique venue with a 150 cover restaurant and bar, and a converted court room with a 550 guest capacity for conferences, weddings, exhibitions and events. The 2 existing wings will be converted into 10 luxury bedrooms and 2017 will see the construction of up to 50 more bedrooms.

Executive chef, Steven Tuke, will champion locally sourced, British seasonal food. (www.thecourthousecheshire.com)

Welcoming applications for 60 new jobs, the group will be looking to source an array of roles from within the local area offering opportunities throughout the company. Employment will also be sourced from local schools and colleges, providing apprenticeships and NVQ programmes. The recruitment plan demonstrates the Heywood’s long term commitment to the town and local residents having lived in the area as a family for over 60 years. (www.flatcaphotels.com)


Flat Cap Hotels has already invested a large amount of capital into the refurbishment programme and works are under way at The Courthouse. They are offering you the opportunity to be a part of their exciting growth through an online crowdfunding campaign in order to raise funds to invest into Flat Cap Hotels expansion. The group were selected by Seedrs to run this unique campaign and it will be the sites first UK Hotel campaign.

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The campaign went live on Monday 25th July and will run for 60 days (seedrs.com/flatcaphotels) offering equity and special rewards to each investor. The funds will be invested into the growth of Flat Cap Hotels which will help deliver the exciting project at The Courthouse and reinstate the iconic building to its former glory, opening it up the public for the first time.


In Spring 2015, the group rebranded after an extensive refurbishment period, The Vicarage Freehouse & Rooms (www.thevicaragecheshire.com). The opening provided 20 en-suite bedrooms and a 150 covers restaurant, bar, library and games room. There are plans to develop 6 deluxe suites before the end of the year and additional events facilities.


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