Faith in Old Vicarage attracts new leaseholder

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The Old Vicarage Hotel, a 17th century coaching inn and hotel in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, has been let to an experienced local operator in a deal brokered by Christie + Co’s Manchester office.

A new lease to the 29-bedroom hotel, which has been closed for some time, has been acquired by Peter Heywood, owner of the highly-rated gastropub The White Lion in Hankelow, 23 miles or so south of Holmes Chapel.

Martin Davis, Director of Christie + Co in Manchester, who handled the sale says: “The Old Vicarage had previously traded as a 3 AA-Star hotel.

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"With subsequent refurbishment by the freehold owner, the business proved very popular when presented to the market.

“We knew that it would attract interest from regional hotel, pub and restaurant operators, and it is therefore fitting that Peter Heywood should be the new tenant.

"With his background in operating the White Lion in Hankelow, he will undoubtedly make a success of this sleeping giant.”

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