The new owners of Soughton Hall Hotel, near Northop, which was bought just under a year ago by Manchester-based family firm, Elle R Leisure, have released new images of the Grade-II listed hotel. The 14-bedroom Flintshire mansion house is currently being transformed into a luxury hotel under its new ownership. The property was built in 1714 by Edward Conway and remodelled by the famous Sir Charles Barry whose iconic work includes the Houses of Parliament and Highclere Castle - home to the aristocratic Crawley family in the smash hit ITV series Downton Abbey. James Ramsbottom is managing director of Castlefield-based Elle R Leisure which is well-known for its successful Dukes 92 and Albert’s Restaurants in Manchester and took over Soughton Hall Hotel in February 2016. Their popular Dukes bar and restaurant celebrated its 25th anniversary last year with a £1m refurbishment and the company also owns a luxury boutique hotel called Woodlands in Leeds which specialises in weddings. James’ firm has spent more than £150,000 on refurbishing the hall since they took over. This has including updating the main guest areas with a revamp of the library, entrance hall, reception and residents bar. The bridal suite, has been transformed to include a new dressing room and luxury bathroom. The hotel’s permanent marquee has also been upgraded with new chandeliers, built-in fairy lights, new carpets and a remodel of the drinks terrace and bar area.
Newly-appointed head chef Scott Graham, will lead the kitchen.