Gisborough Hall has officially become a fully-independent hotel for the first time since it opened 15 years ago, with the Yorkshire-based family-owned hotel now ramping up investment at the property.
The news comes at a time following a recent AA inspection at the hotel, which has seen the property awarded a four Silver Star rating and 2 AA Rosettes for its food.
The directors of Gisborough Hall took the decision to become fully-independent as the property is also celebrating its fifteenth anniversary as a hotel and restaurant in April.
The ownership of the business and the hotel team will remain unchanged but it will no longer be a Macdonald Associate hotel.
A range of multi-million-pound investment plans are getting underway including a new in-house reservations team, the refurbishment of the meeting facilities and the appointment of a ‘welcome host’.
In addition, over £30k has recently been invested in technology, including a new website and customer Wi-Fi.
And, as announced at the end of 2016, work will get underway on a new spa this year which it’s hoped will be open by Christmas 2018.
Kim Yardley, who has managed the hotel since it opened in 2002, remains with the business as general manager, backed by a 13-strong senior management team with over 125 years of service between them at the hotel.
They will be joined by Nick Holmes who was appointed as a non-executive director last year to support the new spa and leisure proposals at Gisborough Hall.
Holmes is known for having launched Rockliffe Hall near Darlington where he was managing director for six years.
Gisborough Hall dates back to the 19th century and 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.
Kim Yardley said: “Since announcing our plans to become independent we have had an amazing response from guests and industry specialists alike. Visitors to Gisborough Hall will not see any initial difference at all as the team remains the same, as does our offering. However, our new independent status is allowing us to invest and develop as we see appropriate for both the local community and to encourage visitors to the region.
“We’ve already invested heavily in better technology and those using our website will notice a massive difference. We now also have a full in-house reservations team. Obviously, the investment in a new spa is incredibly exciting and we’ll reveal more about that in the coming months.”