Delivering newspapers to Kenwick Park Estate as a youngster, Louth business-Stuart Flynn never imagined that one day he would be at the helm of the leisure and hotel complex.
And, after more than two decades spent developing the site, he has a 34-room hotel, golf course – and a health and beauty spa, complete with 77 private lodges.
What was once a family country home with just two workers has been transformed into a major tourist draw for East Lindsey, employing 100 local people.
Now, the Kenwick Park Hotel and surrounding parts of the estate are at the centre of a £4 million expansion programme.
The hotel will have a number of new rooms and apartments added, creating another 40 jobs.
“The hotel and the lodges are all fully occupied,” 54-year-old owner Mr Flynn explained.
“We have a big leisure facility with a swimming pool and eight treatment rooms in the beauty centre.
“They are attracting people who want to come for the day or, more importantly, visitors who want to stay over and be thoroughly pampered for a few days.
“It is keeping us full all-year-round. We need more rooms and more lodges to move forward.”
Mr Flynn first consulted architects a year ago, then approached East Lindsey District Council with the idea last July.
“After discussions and negotiations, we put in an application in the middle of September and got permission on December 23,” he said.
“It means we can add another 14 rooms to the hotel and take it to 50 rooms, we will double the restaurant size and quadruple the dimensions of the lounge.
“And it will also give us another seven lodges – close to the hotel near the tennis courts – and 12 apartments.”
The extra lodges will be built first and be up by June, followed by extra rooms for the hotel in October once the wedding season has ended.
“I am local, I saw this place for sale in the beginning of 1990 and knew it from my childhood.
“As a paper boy I used to bring papers up here,” Mr Flynn said.
“It was a good grounding, I did seven days a week incuding Sunday deliveries.
“After college I started my own business in Market Rasen called Humberside Packaging.
“We ran it from 1973 to 1989 and we sold the business in 1987. Kenwick Park came along very soon after.
Now contracts for the expansion project are going out to tender – so local firms can bid for a slice of the work.
Mr Flynn is also eager to bring in more businesses and investment from outside the area when it’s all finished in April 2015.
“I know for a fact when businesses are looking to settle in the area they do come and tend to look at what we have got here on the leisure side,” he said.
“It is not just jobs we are creating, it will also increase the number of suppliers.”
“There is a big spectrum there of local benefits.”
He hopes this new investment, along with his past spend on promoting Kenwick Park nationally, will bring in more year-round visitors.
“It is all about helping tourism in the area, we do a lot already with an awful lot of adverts nationally,” he added.
“You have to put your name out there. It is a forgotten part of the country really, East Lindsey is not the first place people think of shooting off to for a break.
“We have to keep promoting it and do a good job of it so people keep coming back.”
“The visitor economy that we work in today has grown significantly since the days of people taking day trips and short breaks.
“Business tourism is big business, with conferences and corporate delegates travelling all over the world to find the right accommodation and venues for their events.”