North Yorkshire hotel Gisborough Hall is to see a change in management before the year is out, with Kim Yardley stepping down from his role to explore other interests.
The hotel, which became fully independent in March 2017 for the first time since it opened in 2002, will see the departure of Yardley as hotel manager who has worked at the property for the last 16 years.
Yardley has decided to cut back on work commitments and develop his hobbies, but will remain with the business as a consultant for the foreseeable future.
His departure means that long-standing employee Ruairidh Taylor has been promoted to the role of hotel manager.
Taylor first joined the business in 2002 as a waiter in Chaloner’s Restaurant and went on to become restaurant manager. Following a period lecturing at Middlesbrough College, he returned in 2015 as hotel operations manager.
Speaking about his promotion, Taylor said: “Kim has had a huge influence on my career and we are all really sad to see him leave. I am so proud to have been given the opportunity to take on the role of hotel manager at a really exciting time in Gisborough Hall’s development. Not only have we this year become a fully-independent hotel which is allowing us to make some big changes, but we’re also about to start work on our multi-million-pound spa which will open early in 2019.”
Yardley added: “Ruairidh is one of our incredible success stories. He has developed into a passionate hotelier who, without question, puts the needs of our guests at the forefront of his decision making. I am sure that he will motivate and lead the hotel team with absolute dedication.”
Work will get underway early next year on Gisborough Hall’s new woodland spa and it’s hoped it will be open by the start of 2019. The new spa will include an 18-meter indoor pool, an outdoor hydro-pool, a variety of hear experiences with relaxation space, nine treatment rooms, an extensive gym and a fitness studio.
Gisborough Hall dates back to 1857 and the grade II-listed country house was fully restored in 2002 by the Gisborough family, who privately own the hotel.
The hotel is home to Chaloner’s Restaurant, a Revival Zone spa, 71 bedrooms and ‘G’ Bar and Bistro, as well as a ballroom, conservatory and events’ spaces and its traditional drawing room and inner hall.