QHotels adds North East mansion to portfolioBy Laurence Kilgannon, Assistant Digital News Editor
A four-star North East hotel has been acquired by QHotels. The Edwardian mansion, which has a championship golf course and heated pool, is one of six former De Vere Hotels to be purchased.
QHotels said the new additions, including Hexham's Slaley Hall, would be managed alongside its existing portfolio of 21 hotels led by managing director Michael Purtill and finance director Ian Goulding.
Slaley Hall is home to a number of luxury lodges, as well as three restaurants. The hotel's space has recently been refurbished and includes a gym and sauna.
Purtill said: "This is a really positive move that will help drive long-term, sustained growth for the QHotels brand. The six hotels are an excellent fit as they are renowned for their first-rate facilities, catering and service. This aligns with our guest-first ethos and enables us to effectively expand our UK reach.
"We will be working with each hotel on an individual basis to ensure we build on the best of what they have to offer and complementing this with our experience and expertise. This will help to maximise the conference and events potential of each of the hotels, while strengthening our portfolio in terms of a wider golf, spa & leisure offering."
With investment earmarked for each of the six hotels over the coming months, the hotels will be integrated into the QHotels portfolio.
Purtill added: "Our first priority is business as usual for the teams and guests, ensuring we fulfil our commitments for existing bookings. We are then looking at where we can invest in developing the hotels to emulate the award winning standards QHotels is renowned for and which drives guest satisfaction and loyalty."
The former De Vere Hotels, joining the QHotels portfolio, also include Mottram Hall, Macclesfield, Cheshire; Cameron House in Loch Lomond; Dunston Hall in Norfolk; Oulton Hall in Leeds; and Belton Woods, Grantham, Lincolnshire.