An old Sheffield guesthouse is to be turned into boutique accommodation with a cafe/bistro.
Tiina Carr has been given the council all-clear to redevelop the former Peace Guest House in Brocco Bank, overlooking Endcliffe Park, at Hunters Bar.
She is looking to open Brocco on the Park next summer, aiming to attract customers including parents visiting university students.
The building has been derelict for three years and has much of the interior destroyed.
“It was an absolute mess,” said Tiina, a mother-of-two, who lives in Nether Edge. “I have taken it all back to the brick so only the shell remains. I have had to have a new roof.
“It’s a big project and there’s a lot to learn, and I have got to get the detail right.”
Eleven bedrooms are being turned into eight, with an extension overlooking the park, which will become the Brocco Kitchen, for up to 50 guests and with an outdoor terrace.
One of the conditions is that the cafe/bistro closes by 9pm to avoid causing disturbance to neighbours.
Broad support came from Endcliffe Corner Community Organisation and Botanical Area Community Association.
Tiina bought the building after it had been used for DHSS accommodation and says it will be converted to boutique-style en suite accommodation, each bedroom being different.
“I just thought it’s a really nice building with a bit of heritage. People say it’s a fantastic location and they are so pleased something is happening to it. They want the building to be restored. I am going to put a bit of love into it. I had come out of my marketing company after 20 years and I liked doing events and hospitality. But I wanted to do something different.”