Eric Arens, former operations manager at Lucknam Park Hotel has joined The Ryebeck in the Lake District as general manager.
Belgian born Arens takes over from previous general manager, Nicola Tickle, who is expecting her first child.
Nicola will re-join the hotel, which is part of Wildsmith Hotels, in future months.
Arens brings a wealth of experience to The Ryebeck, with spells in a number of high profile establishments, including The Devonshire Arms Hotel, North Yorkshire, Brockencote Hall, Worcestershire, Lords of the Manor, Gloucestershire and Maxims, Brussels.
In his new role Eric will work closely with Wildsmith Hotels operations director, Tom Lewis, and owner, Andrew Wildsmith to further develop The Ryebeck’s reputation as a must visit foodie hotspot in the Lake District.
Tom Lewis said: "The Ryebeck has been very capably managed by Nicola Tickle, who has overseen the refurbishment of the public areas of the hotel, the development of the restaurant, and the recent refurbishment of a number suites in the hotel. Nicola has now handed over the reins of the running of the Ryebeck to Eric, whose experience and qualifications speak for themselves. I am looking forward to working with him as we further develop the foodie reputation of the hotel and look to add further luxury touches to the rooms in the hotel.’’
Eric Arens, said of his new role: “I’m thrilled to be working with Tom Lewis and owner Andrew Wildsmith at such an exciting time in the company’s 10th anniversary year.’’