Cliffe Hydro hotel in Ilfracombe-retirement home project takes shape

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By Ilf_Peeps | Friday, February 24, 2012, 14:32

The old site of the Cliffe Hydro hotel in Ilfracombe is currently being transformed in to retirement homes for the over 60's and this is what the building looks like so far.

When complete, Lantern Court will consist of 42 one and two bedroom retirement apartments in Ilfracombe, offering independent living for the over 60's. There are plans for 29 one bedroom retirement apartments and 13 two bedroom retirement flats plus undercover parking. 

McCarthy and Stone are also currently trying to get the age limit reduced so that over 50's can live in the flats. 

Developers McCarthy and Stone demolished the hotel back in 2007 after the derelict site fell victim to a spate of fires. The building was set alight on several occasions; in July 2004, November 2004 and February 2005. In May 2005 it seemed like not a day went by without a blaze at the Cliffe Hydro after three arson attempts were made on the hotel in just one week! Whilst local people mourned the loss of the grand old hotel, the burnt-out building had become an eyesore and so many heaved a sigh of relief when work began on building Lantern Court a couple of years later.

Unfortunately work ground to a halt towards the end of 2008 when the credit-crunch hit, but the developers still predicted the flats would be complete by early 2010. However the financial restraints prevented work from continuing for longer than expected and work is only just nearing completion now in early 2012. 

The reaction to the design of the new building has mainly been a positive one from local people. One Ilfracombe resident told Ilfracombe People "I like the way the top of the building looks like waves and it looks spectacular from the Harbour, blending well with the seaside theme." Another local commented "I get that the roof is supposed to look like waves and I like the overall design, but can someone please tell me why the roof at the end is going in the opposite direction to the others? It bothers me!"

What do you think of the design of the new Lantern Court development? Let us know by commenting below!



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    I think the new building looks great, and I know it's a shame that so many Ilfracombe hotels are being made in to flats but at least the design of these flats is attractive and I would much prefer to look at that than at a burned out old building.

    By sailorgirl99 at 10:32 on 28/02/12

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    I like the design of the new building but I think it's sad that so many of Ilfracombe's hotels are just being made in to flats eg the Wildersmouth, The Granville and the Arlington is next on the list I think. Ilfracombe relies on the tourist trade-where are the people going to stay?

    By DevonDimpler at 16:13 on 27/02/12

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