Ronnie Orr has been appointed resort director at Highbullen Hotel, Golf and Country Club and will focus on developing the business as the resort continues to expand.
Orr joins the team from the Berkshire-based Vineyard Group, where he had a major hand in operating a number of owned and managed hotels throughout the country.
Highbullen Hotel, Golf and Country Club was bought in 2013 by Frank Chapman, and it has since undergone a significant transformation, with £5m being invested into improvements across the estate.
All 37-bedrooms have been modernised and redesigned, as well as a restaurant relaunch, a new sports facility and a completely new conference and party venue suitable for 400 guests.
All changes have been made in a bid to position the hotel as one of Devon’s finest.
Orr’s role will be to make sure Highbullen makes the most of the recent investments and becomes a leading UK hotel. He will also be overseeing further developments planned for the hotel in 2015/16.
Ronnie also has hands-on experience as general manager at many hotels and resorts, including the Loch Rannoch and Forest Hills Resorts in the mid-90s, which were owned and operated by Mr Chapman during the 70s and 80s.
“I am delighted to be joining Highbullen at such an exciting point in its history and development,” comments Orr.
“My role is to see the hotel continue to perform at this level, and go on to even bigger and better things. Frank Chapman’s investment has really put Highbullen on the map, it is a key location in North Devon and this will only grow as we continue to transform the hotel.”
Following the initial refurbishment programme, the next phase of development will include a new luxury spa development and a programme to deliver new tree houses, apartments, hotel suites and holiday homes to the resort: a plan that will bring new employment opportunities and substantial inward investment into the local economy.