I’m currently in the final push of our own renovation and in all honestly the experience has been hard. H.A.R.D. So it’s always amazing and humbling to read about beautiful venues being lovingly cared for, restored, and brought back to life, ready to live another chapter. Holmes Mill, a former textile mill in Clitheroe, Lancashire is one such venue.
It was built in 1823 starting life as a humble spinning block before quickly growing in size, and by 1848 had transformed into a large manufacturing complex featuring a four-storey office. Over the years and with the expanding capabilities of the site, engines were installed to power the weaving shed. The most impressive of which is a large horizontal engine that can still be found in its original position today inside the Engine Room located in Bowland Beer Hall. Once heavy industry began to leave the northwest the site found its uses limited and eventually fell into disrepair in the 1970s.
In 2015 after sitting abandoned for over 40 years, the now Grade II listed building was purchased by James’ Places and renovations began to bring the building back to life. Now holding a large Beer Hall and Brewery, an extensive Food Hall, a Bistro, Bar and Grill, Hotel, Cinema and the most incredible and wholly unique wedding venue in the Northwest, Holmes Mill truly has it all.
Couples can say ‘I Do’ in the fully licensed, light-filled Cotton Room full of fascinating and original architectural features – each one a nod towards the building’s past, all while creating a modern, industrial atmosphere. Photo opportunities are endless, inside and out meaning, for once the weather need not be a consideration.
“The dream for this room was to create a large open but calming space where you can get ready with your wedding party by your side, sipping fizz and delighting in the fact that it’s your Wedding Day!”
But today’s ‘Home Tour’ focus is the brand new Honeymoon Suite at Holmes Mill, aptly named the Penthouse due to being located on the top floor of the 1823 Spinning Block Hotel – the oldest building on the site converted into a stunning hotel with 39 individually decorated bedrooms.
This is a country hideaway room with an urban living feel; exposed beams, a hardwood floor and an in-room bathtub all add to the room’s luxurious atmosphere offering a warm welcome to help you truly relax. This room really is the perfect place to start and end your wedding celebrations.
The dream for this room was to create a large open but calming space where you can get ready with your wedding party by your side, sipping fizz and delighting in the fact that it’s your Wedding Day!
Breakfast can be provided in your room and the expert wedding team will be on hand to calm any nerves and answer any questions before accompanying you down to the Cotton Room for your wedding entrance.
Once the register is signed, the food eaten and the dancing done you, as newlyweds, can return to your hideaway for a well-earned rest.
Many couples choose Holmes Mill as it offers the perfect ‘blank canvas’ where personality and individuality can really shine through. We love seeing how style-savvy couples dress the Cotton Room on their big day. You won’t find many set wedding packages as they understand that each couple is unique so it truly means you can have ‘your day, your way’.
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