A new company has taken over a village hospitality business with plans to turn it into a “mini country retreat”.

Timbers Country Lodge will become The Farmhouse at Fincham in a new venture by Finchham Holdings Ltd.

The owners have said existing staff will be retained and over time, their hope is to create 20 plus jobs.

The hotel and lodging will be a “fully operational mini-country retreat” with 46 stable bedrooms, some lodges and a spa facility are planned.

Refurbishment work is underway for the bar, restaurant, marquee, bedrooms and also to create a new outdoor dining space.

Some of the business will open in April, depending on government restrictions, and more in May.

Plans include The Hayloft bar and grill restaurant serving local produce from home-cooked breakfasts to cakes and pastries, lunches, afternoon teas and dinner.

There will also be an outdoor alfresco space serving food and drink and a tented pavilion in the main grounds for weddings, celebrations and events. 

Refurbishment also includes creating The Paddock area for outdoor events and celebrations.

Behind the venture are hospitality professionals Cambridgeshire-based  David Toulson-Burke and Jonathan Baker who have experience in developing hospitality businesses on a personal and client level.

Their plans will see the barn turned into a venue for up to 50 people.

“Mid-term plans will see the refurbishment of the stable bedrooms and the introduction of a mini-spa facility,” Mr Toulson-Burke said. 

“We are excited with the new venture and look forward to bringing our vision to Fincham and the wider areas. 

“Our ethos is about good old-fashioned hospitality in surroundings that appeal to all from dog lovers and walkers, friend groups and families to sightseers and celebrations, all together under one roof. 

“We look forward to welcoming our local communities to The Farmhouse at Fincham,” the company said in a press release.