Darlington’s ‘first design hotel’ hires management

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Simon Walley and Charlie Skelton have been appointed to head up management at Darlington’s ‘first design hotel’.

Chef Simon Walley, who perfected his craft at some of the world’s top restaurants, including The Ritz and three Sir Terence Conran establishments, will lead the F&B operation at Houndgate Townhouse in County Durham.

New operations manager Charlie Skelton has returned to her native North East after five years in the Lake District. She helped rebuild business at White Water Hotel after a devastating flood in 2009 and was assistant manager at Lindeth Howe, once home to Beatrix Potter’s mother.

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More than £1m has been invested in refurbishing the historic Grade II listed Houndgate Townhouse into an eight en suite room hotel.

Houndgate Townhouse proprietor Natalie Cooper commented: “We are delighted to have attracted a superb senior team with great expertise, creativity and a reputation for great customer service”.

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