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Robert Sutcliffe

A STUNNING hunting lodge overlooking one of Yorkshire’s premier beauty spots is set to be turned into a five-star hotel.

Lord Savile is seeking permission for the change of use application at Walshaw Lodge which is situated above Hardcastle Crags.

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Earlier this year he began renting out the lodge as a weekend retreat, a venue for conferences and a base for outdoor pursuits.

But because it is so remote and the access is along unmade tracks and bridleways, he has had to apply for planning approval to change its status to that of a hotel for up to 20 people.

The Savile family have owned the fields, farms and moorland on the hilltops above Hebden Bridge for generations.

It was once their family home and until recently was used regularly by shooting parties.

James Lumley-Savile, who now lives in London, says he wants to make the property pay for its upkeep by turning it into a multi-purpose business.

“It has 20 bedrooms and the capacity for 20 people to reside in comfort”, according to his application to Calderdale Council.

The proposed “micro accommodation centre” could be used for weddings and parties for up to 60 people, away days, conferences, overnight accommodation for such things as walking tours and self-catering groups.

Other suggested business activities include murder mystery parties and yoga retreats although Lord Savile intends to specifically exclude shooting, hot air ballooning, firework displays and quad biking.

According to his agent, Aubs Tredget, there is no intention to alter any of the buildings and there would be a limit on the number of special events.

Calderdale Council is expected to determine the application next month.