Providence Hospitality takes on new four-star Carlisle boutique to take portfolio to eight

Specialist hotel management company Providence Hospitality has taken over The Crown Hotel in Carlisle, a four-star property in the village of Wetheral.

The move marks the group’s eighth UK property in its portfolio, and the first on a management-only basis.

The Crown Hotel was purchased earlier this month by Variegate Properties Limited, when previous owner David Byers retired from the business.

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The property is home to 51 bedrooms, an AA Rosette restaurant, conference facilities, a leisure club and swimming pool gym and a traditional village pub.

All employees will remain in their current positions, headed up by general manager Paul Hicks.

Joe Bester, director of Providence Hospitality, said: “I’m excited to be working with The Crown Hotel, and to offer a management agreement which leaves ownership of the hotel with the current team.

“With this new approach we can bring all the expertise and experience that we would apply with a traditional purchase, but work alongside the owners and current staff to develop the business collaboratively.”
Paul Hicks commented: “The team and I are looking forward to the next chapter for the Crown Hotel. Together with the new owners and the guidance and expertise of Providence Hospitality, we will work to enhance this already successful business.”

There are seven other UK hotels in the Providence Hospitality portfolio: The Old Quay House Hotel and The Rosevine in Cornwall; Borrowdale Gates Hotel in the Lake District; The Queens Hotel, The Palace Hotel, and The Headland Hotel in Devon; and The Northfield Hotel in Somerset.

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