September 14, 2023

Landmark Dartmoor hotel site redeveloped as state-of-the-art nursing home

Moorland Garden Ltd has announced that it is on track to open a new luxury nursing home on the site of the former Moorland Garden Hotel in Dartmoor this Autumn. The announcement comes as a multi-million-pound investment into the site is underway, enabled by funding from Blackfinch Property – the property investment arm of Gloucester-based investment firm Blackfinch Group.

The new site will be called Moorland Garden Nursing Home and will feature 55 en-suite rooms, many with stunning views overlooking the moor. It will significantly boost local healthcare provision for dementia and nursing care in the region and represents a broader social impact for Dartmoor since it will create 60 jobs in the local area. Blackfinch’s investment will enable the company to extend existing buildings, widen corridors and transform rooms and communal areas into high-specification care spaces for residents and staff.

Yogi Yogendran, Director of Moorland Garden Ltd, said: “We were really attracted to the property since the majority of the rooms have garden views and extended views out to the moor, which is the perfect care environment.  Development of the site is progressing in line with our plans, so we are anticipating opening it to residents in the autumn.”

He continued: “Creating a luxury care home on the site has involved making major internal changes to enable larger residential space, and we have also extended existing buildings. We are really pleased with the skills and commitment of local contractors and are looking forward to hiring a significant number of local professionals to provide care for our residents in a great environment.”

Commenting on the development, David Diemer, Investment Director at Blackfinch Property, said: “It was a pleasure to work with Moorland Garden Ltd on this development to provide much-needed nursing home capacity in this stunning area. It’s a great example of the sustainable and community-focus that drives our investments.

He continued: “The situation in the care sector in the UK is very challenging and the 2022 figures from CSI Market Intelligence reveal that 247 care homes closed during 2022 and only 123 new ones opened – leaving the sector with a net loss of 124 homes and 230 care beds. Every new care home that opens is significant and a welcome boost to the sector – and we are thrilled we can be part of opening a care home in such a remarkable area, helping boost local healthcare and create local jobs at the same time.”

Walton Development & Construction has assumed the pivotal role of the principal contractors in this project. Moorland Garden Ltd has collaborated with various partners, including ADG (Darlington) for architectural services, Bell Cornwell Planning Consultants for Planning services, Inspired Energy for connectivity solutions, Agile Comms for telephone services, Cutec for IT infrastructure, and Fuel for brand development and website creation.