A Grade II listed hotel in Milton Keynes could get a major revamp if new plans are given the go-ahead.

Horwood House Hotel, which was built in 1911, submitted its plans to Aylesbury Vale District Council on Wednesday, January 27, with the potential works focusing on the reception, bar, and restaurant area of the establishment.

In their application, which is available for the general public to access, part of it reads: “It is proposed to enlarge the reception through removing and repositioning a number of internal walls and also create a luggage storage area.

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“The scheme also proposes the opening up of the ceiling within the reception area to create a double-height space.

“The existing front entrance porch will also be updated to include oak clad soffits and posts.”

Horwood House Hotel


The plans also revealed that the hotel hopes to have a ‘new outdoor terrace to serve the restaurant close to the main reception entrance.’

It was also suggested that work could be done to ‘remove the ceiling to create a large, open space to reinforce and promote a greater sense of arrive.’

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The proposal also suggested that the ‘appearance of the existing porch to the reception area which was added previously’.

The hotel is the birthplace of the late gardener, horticulturist, broadcaster, and writer Percy Thrower, who presented gardening shows on the BBC during the 50s, 60s, and 70s.

He was also Blue Peter’s gardener between 1974 until 1987 – one year before his death in 1988.

To see the full planning application, click here.