Lygon Arms set for exciting future under ambitious new owners
One of the oldest and most celebrated Cotswold inns, the Lygon Arms in Broadway, is set for an exciting new chapter in its long history with the announcement of an acquisition by global powerhouse, London & Regional.
L&R, owned by Ian and Richard Livingstone are property developers and brothers who boast, quite impressively, one of the largest private hotel portfolios in Europe and a worldwide development programme in the region of £9 billion. The Lygon Arms is now the newest addition to L&R's growing collection, which already includes the award-winning luxury five red-star hotels Chewton Glen and Cliveden House.
The Lygon Arms, situated on the high street of the ancient Cotswold village of Broadway, was first recognised on the parish register in 1532 when it was originally known as The White Hart Inn. The trendy tavern is a marriage between medieval and modern; a distinctly Tudor appearance and unique period features blends with stylish contemporary comforts to give the Lygon an authentic Cotswold charm. It has always been held in great affection by many of its guests, including Oliver Cromwell who stayed the night before the Battle of Worcester, whilst his adversary, Charles I also frequented The Inn to meet with his supporters; the Lygon Arms’ guest book is so impressive it reads like a who’s who of British history.
Following the audacious acquisition, the announcement of a two year renovation to restore the Lygon to its former glory, was revealed by Executive Chairman, Ian Livingstone; he said, "With a shared spirit of hospitality and investment, we are going to transform the Lygon Arms. An extensive investment plan starting in Spring 2016 will, over a 24-month period bring The Lygon Arms to life once more. The hotel will once again take an active role in local village life and will become a must visit country retreat".
Although little has been revealed about the plans for the renovation, one thing is for certain, as a community, we can’t wait to see what’s in store for Broadway’s most iconic and historic hotel.