Seasoned hoteliers Kristy Carey and Chris Newsham have acquired the Old Wisteria Hotel, in Oakham, Rutland, to mark their debut acquisition as a pair.
The husband and wife team have a combined 29 years working in the hospitality industry, in a number of four-star branded international hotels.
This new venture will be the first time they have owned and operated a boutique property by themselves.
The Grade-II listed Wisteria Hotel is situated on the high street in Oakham and is a former hunting lodge and cottage dating back to 1604.
Since 1985, the hotel has been extended and become established as one of Rutland’s leading hotels.
Now it comprises 25 bedrooms, an events space for up to 100 guests, The Hunters Bar & Kitchen served a relaxed casual dining menu.
The duo were able to purchase the hotel for an undisclosed sum with backing from Allied Irish Bank.
They now also plan to give the property an enhancement throughout and update its current facilities.
Kristy Carey, co-owner of the Wisteria Hotel said: “We are so delighted to have been able to purchase this historic hotel, this has been a dream for us.
“We have many exciting plans for the hotel over the coming months, having recently appointed renowned local chef Neil Hornsby as our head chef, and started redecoration works in May. We are keen to get the events space up and running, as our Barn Suite is absolutely ideal for weddings, events and meetings alike.”