The Ryde Castle Hotel, which suffered severe damage in a fire in 2012. Picture courtesy of Dave Russell, Wight Media Services.
AN HISTORIC Isle of Wight hotel will re-open soon, a year and a half after it was devastated by fire.
Ryde Castle Hotel owners Greene King plan to fully re-open it by mid-October, after an 18 month restoration project.
The Grade II listed building was engulfed in flames in March 2012 after staff let off fireworks from the roof, during a wedding.
Manager David Edwards said: "The team is very excited about re-opening now that we are just a few weeks away. It was always a beautiful building and the work that has been done to restore original features and retain the character of the building has been extraordinary."
Greene King has changed the layout slightly. The hotel will have 18 bedrooms and improved access to the reception and bar.
The building belongs to Greene King company Old English Inn group, which runs some of England's oldest buildings.
Business unit director Peter Hebblethwaite said: "Ryde Castle really will be restored to its former glory and beyond. It is a very fine hotel that I hope everyone in Ryde will be proud of."