Restructuring of Dovecliff Hall Hotel leads to successful sale to local businessman

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The restructuring of a boutique hotel business near Burton-upon Trent has led to a new owner snapping it up following four months of administration.

Dovecliff Hall Hotel at Stretton was previously part of Abbott Grange Hotels, which went into administration in February 2017, and has now been sold to local businessman Anton Jenkins, from Clinigen Group.

The 15-bedroom hotel has been restructured and transformed by Matt Ingram and Sarah Bell, Managing Directors, Duff & Phelps, the Joint Administrators of Abbott Grange Limited.

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The Grade-II listed property is situated in six acres of countryside, overlooking the River Dove, three miles north east of Derby.

The property was built in 1790 and originally opened as a hotel in 1928, before reverting to a period of private ownership from 1936 to 1987 when it once again traded as a hotel.

In 2003 the building was extended in 2003, with the addition of a glazed orangery, function room and block of bedrooms at the rear.

The hotel also features a library, drawing room, bar and restaurant.

The sale of the Dovecliff Hall Hotel follows the completion of the sale of The Bridge Hotel, Thrapston, the other property owned by Abbott Hotels Group.

Matt Ingram, managing director in the Birmingham office of Duff & Phelps, said: “We are pleased to announce the swift and smooth disposal of the Dovecliff Hall Hotel. Over the course of the appointment we maintained all bookings and successfully celebrated a number of weddings and other special occasions. The sale of Dovecliff Hall Hotel marks the end of the administration process and secures jobs for all 18 employees.”

Incoming owner, Anton Jenkins, said: “As a regular guest of the hotel over a number of years, I was excited by the opportunity to acquire the property and business when I became aware of its availability. We will be honouring all bookings already made and plan to invest in the hotel to sympathetically upgrade this very attractive period property.”

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