One of Northern Ireland’s oldest country house hotels has been acquired by new owners, who are now looking to reposition the property as a ‘unique wedding venue’.
The Beech Hill Hotel, on the outskirts of Derry/Londonderry, has been taken over by The House Collection following a multimillion-pound investment with support from First Trust Bank.
The country house hotel is now under the ownership of entrepreneurs Sam Harding, Barry Kemp and Adam Kemp who between them run a number of successful local and international businesses.
The new owners have an ambitious growth plan to become the best four-star hotel in Northern Ireland, capitalising on its prime location between Derry and the North Coast.
Previous owners the O’Kane and Donnelly families are now moving on after two decades at the helm.
The Beech Hill Hotel has hosted the likes of former US president Bill Clinton and musicians U2 and Ed Sheeran.
The hotel is also home to a number of function rooms and a marquee for conferences, events and weddings, as well as a restaurant and walled garden.
Speaking about their plans for the Beech Hill Hotel, Barry Kemp, director of The House Collection said:
“Our future plans include showcasing Beech Hill as a unique wedding venue with phenomenal photo opportunities. With a chapel nearby alongside stunning indoor and outdoor facilities, we can provide guests with a memorable day in one location. We also want to celebrate the provenance of food heritage here in the North West so we’re also updating our fine and casual dining experiences to reflect the produce we grow and source locally.”
Speaking about the acquisition, Stephen Comer, Senior Business Manager, First Trust Bank added:
“The Beech Hill Hotel is a renowned venue across Northern Ireland and we are delighted to help the House Collection give the premises a new lease of life. The hotel’s ideal location, a stone’s throw from Derry City and the rugged natural beauty of the North Coast, ensures a steady flow of tourism passing through the local area. With a focus on quality, provenance and customer service, we see the massive potential of the hotel under the ownership of three dynamic, hospitality professionals, who bring a new energy and life to the area.