It’s been revealed that Sue Williams will begin her new role as general manager at Whatley Manor on September 28.
The hotel industry stalwart, who brings a wealth of luxury hospitality experience to the position, spent the last four years as general manager of iconic property, Cliveden House in Berkshire.
She will now join the five-red-AA-star Whatley Manor Hotel and Spa in Wiltshire, her home country, and says she is ‘very excited’ to take on her new challenge.
The 23-bedroom hotel is owned by Christian Landolt, and Williams replaces previous general manager Gurval Durand, who departed the hotel suddenly in May after two years for personal reasons.
Prior to Williams’ time at Cliveden, she was general manager at Bath Priory for 10 years, during which time she also oversaw Gidleigh Park in Devon and Lower Slaughter Manor in the Cotswolds.
Owner of the hotel, Christian Landolt said: “On behalf of everyone at the hotel I am delighted to welcome Sue Williams to Whatley Manor. We are thrilled to have her on board and it feels like a very natural pairing especially with Sue’s extensive experience in the Relais & Châteaux five-star country house sector and knowledge of the local area. She joins us at an exciting time for the property as we launch a new range of spa treatments in partnership with Natura Bissé and build on the recognition received for our cuisine in the Good Food Guide, as one of the top 50 restaurants in the UK, with a score of 8 out of 10.”
Commenting on her new role, Williams said “I am excited to join Whatley Manor and to be returning to my home county of Wiltshire. Having lived only a few miles away from the hotel at Grittleton for a number of years I have admired the way the property has grown and developed its superb reputation over the last 13 years. I am looking forward to working with the team as we take the hotel into the next phase of its development and strive to ensure Whatley Manor’s success story continues.”