The hotel occupies part of the mill complex which also houses the group's head office plus its Bowland Brewery, Beer Hall, featuring the longest bar in Britain, and the showcase of Lancashire produce, the Bowland Food Hall.

The 38-bedroom hotel, along with the Bistro, Bar and Grill - which opened on Saturday November 4th - forms the latest phase in hospitality group James' Places redevelopment of what was a largely derelict textile mill.

"We are delighted that our first 16 bedrooms in the Spinning Block Hotel are now available for bookings on selected days and have started to welcome guests," says marketing manager, Heidi Kettle. "We expect to be fully open by Easter 2018.

"We have already seen a high number of enquiries from a range of potential customers, including bridal parties and wedding guests attending ceremonies and celebrations at Holmes Mill. The mill is fast becoming a very popular wedding venue and the hotel means couples can now base everything for their big day around the site.

"Other interested parties are tourists visiting the Ribble Valley, businesses looking for the perfect venue for corporate use and people attending events at the mill, such as our live music and comedy sessions."

In keeping with the rest of the mill, the hotel is stylish and imaginatively designed while remaining sympathetic to the building's heritage. Its interior décor is described as ‘opulent industrial' and has a distinctive art nouveau style.