Luxury Boutique Hotel welcomes tourists from across the globe
Where your Lancashire journey begins …
Local entrepreneur, Michael Huckerby, has transformed a 19th century building at the heart of the market town of Padiham, into the stunning Lawrence Boutique Hotel — and the hotel already boasts a global guest list, having hosted visitors from as far away as America, Australia and Canada since it opened last year.
Padiham is a small market town nestled on the outskirts of Burnley, with fabulous architecture at its heart, and is very much an ‘up and coming’ area with independent shops, restaurants, and several art galleries opening up in the town – gaining a reputation as a town with vibrant growing arts scene.
The Lawrence Hotel is a quirky Grade II listed building with 16 individually designed bedrooms — one of which features a stylish ‘floating bathroom’ — along with function spaces and a cocktail area, with plans in the pipeline for a rooftop terrace for guests to admire the skyline across this small historic town towards the magnificent Pendle Hill.
The story behind the Lawrence Hotel is as interesting as some of Lancashire’s heritage as it all happened by chance.
Michael, 41, says: “It started with a journey through Lancashire on the way to Pendle hill, we drove through the Ribble Valley and discovered Padiham and in it we found this beautiful Grade II listed building which was to become The Lawrence Hotel.
“Everything looked very familiar to me as we drove through Padiham, especially the climb up the hill in the centre. It was then I remembered I came here regularly with my dad as a child when he used to be a lorry driver and one of his regular delivery places was the former Baxi factory.”
And the rest is history, as they say.
Michael is passionate about creating a unique experience at The Lawrence and he’s worked hard to create an individual style for each room, but it’s the extra touches that he’s made that make the place special. Leaving sweet treats for visitors and offering an in-house therapist who provides relaxation treatments in guests’ rooms helps to make a stay at The Lawrence Hotel unique.
You’ll be in capable hands at The Lawrence with Michael’s impressive list of hospitality experience. Michael got his first taste of the hospitality industry as a teenager when studying hotel management at Blackburn College and went on to work for the likes of the Macdonald Tickled Trout Hotel in Preston and the Le Meridien Victoria and Albert Hotel in Manchester.
In 2014, Michael moved to New York which gave him the opportunity to stay at ‘some of the most amazing hotels in the world’ which eventually inspired him to open his own.
Michael says: “When I was 14 I thought hotels were the most magical places — and my travels and hospitality experience have created a strong personal connection with the hotel I have opened. The hotel name not only pays homage to a number of Lancashire links, but also my father, who passed away 10 years ago – who was called Lawrence.
We asked Michael what he thinks attracts so many visitors to this corner of Lancashire.
Michael replied: “ I believe Pendle Hill, one of the best know jewels in Lancashire’s crown is a key part of boosting tourism in the area – did you know it is only 166 feet short of being a mountain? We did and we agree it’s a stunning backdrop for Burnley and Padiham.
Adding “There is as much history and heritage in Lancashire as there is in a place like the Lake District but we just need to market it more and give it showcase to bring more visitors in, and the Burnley Magazine is a great way to help promote the area.
“The people of Lancashire should be proud of what they have – on the doorstep of our hotel in Padiham is the historic Gawthorpe Hall, steeped in history and a fabulous place to visit. The history and stories connected to Padiham alone are fascinating, this is what tourists love.”
Michael tells us he couldn’t have done it without his ‘amazing’ family and staff for helping to keep him afloat, including James, a 19-year-old handyman and housekeeper, Lisa, who is a single mother of three working four jobs.
With plans to expand the building and a fully booked hotel, 2018 looks set to be a big year for The Lawrence Hotel and the town of Padiham. Come and pay is a visit and see what this corner of Lancashire has to offer.
Weddings and Events at The Lawrence
The Lawrence Hotel is a wonderful setting for a wedding, birthday, christening or even just a get together with private dining options from 6 to 60 people, you can even design your menu with your budget and guests in mind. It’s a lovely setting for business meetings too in a relaxed less formal environment.
With 16 bedrooms spread over the main house and the old stables The Lawrence lends its self to intimate weddings where you have exclusive use of the property.
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