General manager returns to Charingworth Manor after more than two decades away

Colin Heaney has been appointed as the new general manager of Charingworth Manor some 22 years after his first stint at the Cotswold hotel.

Heaney first managed the hotel when it was under the ownership of English Rose Hotels in 1995.

Now the property is operated by Classic Lodges and Heaney will replaced Michael Eastick, who is now ready to retire.

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Heaney has most recently been working for Peter de Savary’s hotel operations across the South of England, which include Carys Arms and the Merry Harrier.

Prior to that he spent two and a half years at the Lygon Arms in Broadway, and eight years at the Bear Hotel in Hungerford before it was sold to Greene King.

He was also general manager of Wyck Hill House in Stow on the Wold for eight years.

“My aim is to further establish Charingworth Manor at the heart of the community,” he explains, “and over the coming weeks and months we will be getting involved in more local events to support local people and businesses.

“We would love more people to feel they can just pop in for a tea or coffee in the lounge, just as much as they can for afternoon tea on the lawns overlooking the Cotswolds. The quality of the food on offer here is already excellent, and we will soon be introducing new specials to the menu that will showcase the finest local and seasonal produce.”

Richard Grime, managing director of Classic Lodges, says: “Colin already knows the hotel well from his first time as general manager, so I am sure he will settle in quickly and use his experience to grow such a stunning hotel’s appeal locally and beyond.”

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