our plans for the future

After lengthy discussions with the planning authority we have exciting news of our new toll house, café restaurant, visitor centre, shop and eco lodge development which is about to commence in June 2018. All of the planned development is aimed at diversifying the Toll Bridge Business and preserving the Toll Bridge heritage for the future whilst keeping the toll fee to a minimum for on-going maintenance. As you can see from the plans below the development is in three phases all of which will be looking out to the beautiful River Wye. Stay in touch as we start the build - we will be uploading photos from foundations to roof tiles all along the phases.

Phase 1 - A New Toll House

During phase one of the project we are planning to rebuild the original Toll House. Our plans for the build will enhance and compliment the fabulous countryside and environment around us. The design, created by Sam Organ at CO2 Architects Ltd, superbly mirrors the arches of the ancient 240 year old Grade 2 Listed Toll Bridge. The picture on the left below shows the original Toll House around 1930 ish - it burned down in the 1940s and has only now been applied to be re-instated.

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Phase 2 - Conversion of Toll Cottage to Café Restaurant

Once the Toll House is complete, phase 2 will commence with the conversion of the existing Grade 2 Listed Toll Cottage to a café restaurant, visitor centre and shop for local artisan products to be showcased. We have many plans and ideas but would really welcome any creative ideas you may have to enhance the facilities for visitors and locals alike - please email ideas@whitneybridge.co.uk

The name for the café restaurant will be Longfellows @ Whitney Bridge named after Thomas and John Longfellow who funded the rebuild of Whitney Bridge in 1797.

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Phase 3 - Three Eco Lodges

On completion of the café restaurant, phase 3 of the development will commence which will see the build of three Eco Lodges alongside the River Wye. These 4* accommodation units will enhance the area significantly for visitors who wish to take advantage of the fishing, cycling, canoeing, wild swimming, walking and the historical tourist surrounding areas of Hereford & Worcester, Hay-on-Wye, Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons etc. We are applying for a DEFRA Growth Grant to help support the funding of phase 2 and 3 - the good news is that on 29th March 2017 we have been accepted through the first stage for the Expression of Interest and have been invited to apply in full - fingers crossed we can gain their support and achieve this full development.

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