EXCLUSIVE: Entrepreneurial owner of The Gallivant eyes up site for next boutique

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Harry Cragoe, owner of The Gallivant boutique hotel in Rye, has revealed that he would love to open a new hotel and is now ‘informally’ on the hunt for his next property.

After snapping up the 20-bed hotel on the Sussex coast six years ago, Cragoe has become somewhat of a pioneer in the hospitality industry, bringing in a strict no tipping policy and rolling out a £9 per hour wage programme to all his staff, compensated by making small changes to the hotel’s food menu and pricing.

The trendy nautical-inspired Scandi chic property is now going from strength to strength, recording 75% occupancy all year round, and as a result, Cragoe explained to Boutique Hotelier that expansion is on his mind.

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He said: “There is space for more Gallivants and I think it would be nice to do something that is slightly different in style, maybe bigger, 30-40 bedrooms.”

When quizzed on location, he noted that while he’d ideally like to find a site close to The Gallivant, he won’t be restricted by this and his main priority is to find a place that is car ride away from London.

“I’m also really interested in the whole mindful trend that is happening,” adds Cragoe, “so I could do something with that because I’m a big fan of yoga, eating well, really looking after yourself, and I think there is possible space for someone like ourselves to do something in that area.”

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