Massive 104-bedroom nursing home development on site of former Wicklow hotel approved
A new and extensive nursing home development on the site of a landmark county Wicklow hotel has been given the go-ahead by the local authority.
The Downshire Hotel and Foley’s House on Blessington’s Main Street will now be transformed into a 104 bedroom nursing home.
The council has given permission to transform the building, originally built in 1820 to cater for the needs of Wicklow’s elderly.
As part of the plans the single-storey recent extension to the Downshire Hotel on Main Street will be demolished, as will the recent extension to the rear of the hotel. A number of sheds at the back of the hotel will also make way, as will another more recent building at the rear of Foley’s House.
The proposal includes the construction of a 104 bed nursing home across four levels from the Lower Ground floor to the Second Floor.
The plans also see the creation of day rooms, dining rooms, multi purposes activity rooms, kitchens, and staff facilities. The ground floor of the former Downshire Hotel is to be converted into a café, nursing home reception, offices and public toilets, all to be accessed from the Main Street. The new nursing home will also will see the creation of eight staff bedrooms.
As part of the plans, the facades of the Downshire Hotel, Foley’s House and two coach houses will be retained.