The grade II listed St Nicholas House at Deeping St Nicholas has a new lease of life with the opening of a restaurant/cafe and hair salon.
A beauty salon will be added towards the end of this month, to be run by a former Ragdale Hall therapist, and luxurious hotel rooms are likely to be opened later this year.
The developments are a joint venture by business partners Jason Marriott and Richard Marsden, who bought the 18th Century country house on Main Road a few months ago.
Hairdresser Kirsty Mears, from Long Sutton, is the hair salon director and working alongside her is graduate stylist Jade Weeks.
Kirsty said the three-storey Georgian house is a stunning setting for the salon and really calming.
“It’s quite an extraordinary building,” she said. “There is a really high ceiling and the decor is still quite traditional.”
Kirsty teaches for hair product company Paul Mitchell and has been a hairdresser for 12 years, working most recently in a salon at Wisbech.
“We keep up to date on the latest trends although I like retro as well,” she said. “We can pretty much do anything.”
Jason is heading up the cafe/restaurant side, opening Tuesday-Sunday from 10.30am-5pm.
Diners can enjoy Sunday lunches and on other days there are tempting treats like pan fried chicken breasts among a selection of half-a-dozen main courses. Visitors are also welcome to pop in for a coffee.
The beauty salon will offer massages, facials, pedicures and makeovers for nails.