Combe Grove in Bath is to become a centre for work-based learning excellence, focused on training the next generation of budding hoteliers, as the property comes under the new ownership.
The Grade-II listed Georgian country manor house hotel has been acquired by The Elmhurst Foundation, as part of a five-year vision to help make hospitality an attractive career for locals in Bath.
New general manager Sharon Love has joined to head up the new team, who recently spent 12 years running The Royal Crescent Hotel Bath.
The 40-bedroom hotel, complete with a fitness club and restaurant, will offer apprenticeships in each department of the business, marketing, administration, finance, hospitality, catering, customer services, listed building crafts and conservation, estate management and horticulture and others.
The business will continue as a hotel, with priority to expand further into holistic wellness, building on the existing Combe Grove fitness club activities.
Daily classes and new residential courses with a focus on health and wellbeing, including yoga, meditation, painting, and writing will be introduced, to sit alongside a programme of practical courses such as bee-keeping, dry-stone walling, and hedge-laying, amongst many others.
Helen Scammel has joined the team at head of HR and will be responsible for implementing the apprenticeship and volunteer programmes at Combe Grove.
Helen Aylward-Smith, founder of The Elmhurst Foundation, commented: “We are very happy to now be able to share our long-term plans for Combe Grove. Combe Grove is well-established with a wonderful, experienced team. We are very grateful to all those who have given us the opportunity and enabled this to happen. We will now focus our energy on launching our apprenticeship programme, working together to create an inspiring retreat for health and wellbeing, in this most beautiful rural English setting.”
Combe Grove was previously headed up by Rebecca Whittington and Simon Baldwin, who oversaw extensive refurbishments of the property since purchasing the estate in 2015.