In 2011 we reported how the Grade II listed Rossett Hall Hotel was in trouble – however we are pleased to announce it has been bought, along with a Nottinghamshire hotel, in a multi-million pound deal.
The Convivial group, which has extensive interests in the licensed trade, acquired the 50 room hotel in Rossett and the Charnwood Hotel in Blyth, which have both been in administration.
Both hotels are now undergoing a substantial investment refurbishment programme to upgrade public facilities, restaurants and rooms. Taking the hotels out of administration and introducing the investment programme is expected to safeguard jobs and stimulate business at both hotels.
The hotels will be operated as Convivial Hotels Ltd and the new company will be based alongside other businesses associated with the licensed trade at the group’s Bolton headquarters. Work has already begun on refurbishing and expanding the bridal suites at Rossett Hall and an experienced manager has also been appointed to develop the hotel’s conference and wedding business.
New general manager at Rossett Hall is Martin Elliott, who has experience as general manager of the Solberge Hall Hotel in Northallerton, Yorkshire and as proprietor of Horatio’s Brasserie at the Lord Nelson in Gainford.
He has also worked as a hotel services manager at a private hospital and as operations manager at hotels across the country.
The move into hotel ownership marks a new departure for the Convivial group which has worked closely with Santander Bank over several months finalising the complex deal. The group has successfully managed a number of hotels but saw the opportunity to add to its business portfolio when the hotels came on the market.
Convivial group managing director Jeremy Jones, said “We have experience in operating hotels in administration for insolvency practitioners and banks for several years. Now we are looking forwards to our new company, Convivial Hotels Ltd, developing Rossett Hall into a luxury destination suitable for tourists, business people and the wedding market.”
“With immediate effect we have introduced a substantial investment plan for Rossett Hall Hotel aimed at refurbishing the public areas and rooms, as well as the developing the conference and wedding facilities to bring them to a high standard.”
A chartered surveyor by profession Jeremy Jones owns and co-owns several companies, the largest being Convivial Management Solutions, which operates 45 licensed premises, including pubs, clubs, restaurants and hotels, around the country, on behalf of insolvency practitioners and banks. He also has several satellite companies including a health and safety company, a repair and refurbishment team, a brewery, a members’ bar, a pub company and a PR firm.