Lake District country house hotel, Sharrow Bay, has announced that after four years’ service its hotel director, Oliver Smith, will be leaving.
Smith will step down from his position at the Ullswater hotel at the beginning of December to take up the role of general manager at The Samling in Ambleside.
Smith joined Sharrow Bay at a time of transition in 2014, when he joined from Amberley Castle and restored the property back to its former glory, refurbishing its facilities and improving the service standards.
Sharrow Bay became the first hotel in Cumbria to be accredited for the quality of its training by Springboard’s Inspire Scheme – aimed at those entering the industry.
Most recently, Sharrow was shortlisted by The Food Awards for ‘Hotel Restaurant of the Year’; and the ‘Best Waterside Hotel’ in the 2018 Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence.
Smith says: “I have enjoyed being part of the Sharrow Bay family, and look forward to watching it grow further over the coming years. It will always hold a place in my heart and will never be just another place.”
He will now move to The Samling to replace Alasdair Elwick who is departing following six years.