Londoners swap city hospitality for country boutique business in first hotel acquisition

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Two ambitious Londoners have acquired their first hotel, trading in city life to run a business in the Yorkshire countryside.

Brendan Sutherland and Josie Price have taken on the ownership of Wilsons of Haworth, a five bedroom boutique guest house in Haworth village, West Yorkshire, after both building up careers in the food and hospitality industry.

Sutherland was previously a chef at The Ritz and then went on to manager recruitment for a large hospitality brand in London, while Price worked as marketing manager for the restaurant group Cote Brasserie.

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The hotel already trades well, welcoming a strong number of UK and international tourist each year, given the property’s location is associated with the famous Bronte Sisters.

Now the new owners will look to increase the food and beverage side of the business, with Sutherland in the kitchen and Price taking on a front of house and marketing role.

For the moment, they will not employ any further staff.

The guest house has recently been named Best Hotel in the UK by Hotels Combined, under the previous ownership.

Brendan Sutherland, co-owner of Wilsons of Haworth, said: “We had dreamed of owning a hotel/guest house one day in West Yorkshire as my family reside here. It’s where I was born and grew up, so I’m delighted to be back and bringing Josie with me.  We decided to bring our plans forward and embark on this lifestyle change at a younger age.

“I’m looking forward to getting back in the kitchen and producing quality food that is locally sourced. We are already buying our meat from down the road and using local produce and products wherever possible. Over the next 12-18 months we intend to really put our business on the map by building up a reputation for fantastic food and beverage in the area.”

Andrew Matley, senior relationship manager at Royal Bank of Scotland, which supported the purchase, added: “We are supporting many couples like Brendan and Josie who are looking to take that leap of faith into ownership and make their new venture a huge success. Bookings are looking very healthy and we wish them well as they settle into the local community and enjoy the busy summer season ahead.”

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