Legacy Hotels snaps up Crabwall Manor Hotel off guide price of £6.45m armed with plans for expansion

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Legacy Hotels and Resorts has acquired the four-star Crabwall Manor Hotel and Spa off a guide price of £6.45m.

The 48-bedroom hotel, situated in Chester, will now be managed by the group who operates a portfolio of branded and independent hotels across the UK and Southern Spain.

Crabwall Manor Hotel has also now appointed a new general manager to drive forward a series of developments proposed at the property.

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Gary Install has joined the hotel as GM, having previously run two properties for Legacy Hotels and Resorts in the past.

He said “I’m excited to be back working with the team and having the opportunity to develop the business and take the property through the exciting plans we have in place for it, over the next year or so.”

The hotel, which is also home to a purpose-built bar, the Earl of Chester restaurant and a leisure centre and spa, was acquired with additional planning permission to expand the capacity of the conference facilities and add a further seven bedrooms to the existing building.

The development is scheduled to commence in early 2018 and follows an extensive £1.5m refurbishment that was carried out at the hotel in 2014.

Andy Townsend, chief executive officer at Legacy Hotels & Resorts said: “Crabwall Manor Hotel & Spa is a well-established addition to our striking regional country house hotel portfolio, following the addition of New Place Hotel Southampton earlier this year. The popularity of the hotel is testament to its success and potential, and demonstrates how Chester continues to establish itself as strong location for the hotel and hospitality sector.

“I last operated in the region nearly 25 years ago when I was at what was The Parkgate Hotel on Boathouse Lane, Parkgate and it’s a privilege to be back and owning one of the region’s premier hotels.”

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