Husband’s bankruptcy won’t affect hotel, says owner

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The owner of an upmarket hotel in South Woodchester has said it is business as usual despite her husband being declared bankrupt.

Matthew Roberts of The Convent Hotel in Stroud had a bankruptcy order made against him after a finance firm ordered him to pay out more than £1m.

Mr Rob resigned the directorships of a dozen companies at the end of August this year.

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His wife Charlotte said he chose not to fight bankruptcy over a business deal connected with redeveloping a number of barns in West Wales, where he also once run a hotel with actor Neil Morrissey.

She said that both her and husband work together on The Convent Hotel and Live Lounge, she is the sole owner and he is working on another live music venue project in Norway.

Speaking to Stroud Life, she said: “I own it and always have,” she said. “We have worked on it together as husband and wife.

“He has gone bankrupt through his choice and his working on my project there.

“We are not denying that he has gone bankrupt but he should not have had to.

“He took it because we chose to focus our efforts on moving forward and building what we have not and not wasting time, effort and money on fighting in court something that could go on for a year.”

She also said that it had not affected business at The Convent Hotel, which was sold by the Diocese of Clifton with a guide price of £1.7m after the last five nuns moved on in 2011.

She is also planning to expand the hotel and add more rooms as a result of good business this year.

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