A HEREFORD landmark hotel will change into social housing with a fresh new look.

Merton Hotel, in Commercial Road, has more recently been used as temporary accommodation for homeless people.

But it has previously been a popular hotel over the years after it was built in 1890, according to Travel Weekly.

The long-established city centre hotel includes 14 en-suite letting bedrooms, a bar, restaurant, and functions room with capacity for 70 people.

Outside there is a patio beer garden, while a manager's suite is also included.

Vennture, the Christian charity behind the street pastors, has now bought the hotel.

Artist impression of what the housing will look like in Merton Hotel

Artist impression of what the housing will look like in Merton Hotel


It will give the charity's street presence teams an operating hub and provide housing for struggling families.

Over the next two years, Vennture wants to create 15 fresh-start homes across its two sites as part of its plans to provide a fresh start for families coming out of difficulties.

The other site is at the former vicarage, in Vicarage Road, Hereford.

Pictures of artist impressions shows a fresh new look for the hotel.


Families will have refurbished rooms with a modern style.

The photos show white and grey interior with a homely feel.

Vennture wants to raise £1.5m to allow it to create the fresh start homes.

Visit its website and make a one-off or regular donation here, and for further information email enquiries@vennture.org.uk.