A ‘haven of peace’: Accommodation is to be created on the edge of Cathedral


New, elegant, accommodation to be called ‘St Martins Lodge’ is to be created on Peacock Lane opposite Leicester Cathedral. Previously used as offices, the property is to be converted into first-class bedrooms for the tourism and conference market within the city. The facility will offer top quality overnight accommodation with breakfast, overlooking the Cathedral and Cathedral Gardens and with close ties to St Martins House, the Conference Centre which also houses the offices of the Diocese and Cathedral.


The building was acquired by the Glebe Estate whose income from investments in land and property supports clergy stipends. St Martins Lodge is a financial investment for the Leicester Diocese Glebe Committee. The acquisition of the St Martins Lodge property enhances and diversifies the Glebe investment portfolio, from which all surpluses go towards clergy stipends and pensions.


Bringing in extra funds to help pay clergy stipends and pensions through surpluses from running St Martins Lodge accommodation will free up other funds in the diocese to support our mission and social action work. These include our ongoing projects working with the homeless and vulnerably housed including a former clergy house which is leased free-of-charge to One Roof Leicester and the weekly SoundCafe which we run for homeless and vulnerably housed people.


The building has been empty for some time, and is in need of considerable renovation in order to meet the planned opening date of October 2018. 


St Martins House will now be able to offer a 24-hour conference rate including overnight accommodation with breakfast alongside its existing function room hire and catering facilities, which is frequently requested by conference and wedding hosts and adding to the room capacity of the city. It will also add to the overnight accommodation offer available for local and national businesses, and for tourism. 


The building is within the Greyfriars area, which is experiencing significant City Council investment to develop the surrounding streets and buildings, alongside the car park now declared an area of protected status, and will have 28 elegantly appointed double rooms with a top floor suite. There is also car parking on site. 


The Chair of the Glebe Committee Mr David Beeson is delighted with the plans which will enhance the Cathedral Quarter. “We have been hoping to add local, high-class accommodation to the Glebe portfolio for some time now, and the ideal opportunity has been presented. There are significant synergies which tie the cultural, business and spiritual operations together and we can support both the King Richard lll tourism and users of the cathedral.” Market Harborough company Corporate Architecture have created an interior layout which includes the ability to add an extra bed or cot, and ground-floor fully accessible rooms. Stepnell Ltd is part of the Stepnell Group and is the appointed builder with experience in a wide variety of sectors. Interior Designers Fabers have designed individual rooms in sympathy with the nature of the Georgian building, aiming to be of the highest standard.


Within the Church of England there are different financial structures one of which is run by the Glebe Committee. The Glebe Fund is a restricted fund, the income from which can predominantly only be used to meet the cost of clergy stipends and pensions.  Therefore, any investment opportunity which increases income levels can only help in relieving budgetary pressures on our largest cost.  St Martins Lodge provides such an opportunity and at the same time extends the welcome and hospitality offered by the Church in the Cathedral Quarter, including the work of the Cathedral and other charities based in St Martins House supporting people experiencing homelessness.”


For more information email info@stmartinslodge.co.uk

First published on: 1st August 2019

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