Lucy Townsend, the owner of the Michelin-starred Greyhound on the Test, is to take on the management of another hotel in Stockbridge, which is now under new ownership.
Townsend, who has previously worked with Hotel du Vin Group and opened The Greyhound on the Test in 2012, is to oversee the day-to-day operations at The Grosvenor Hotel, which has been acquired by new owners, Simon and Teresa Henderson.
The 26-bedroom property will now be transformed into a ‘high class country hotel’ with a major renovation now underway and due to be completed in phases over the next couple of years.
Townsend has been head of operations at The Millers Collection, converting a number of high-end pubs with rooms across the UK, including the Peat Spade at Longstock.
The first wave of the 12-month restoration at The Grosvenor will be the hotel’s frontage while the Cottage adjoined to the hotel will be revamped to attract and improve the hotel’s wedding business.
This separate ‘Cottage’ will take the form of three bedrooms and a shared living space and kitchen.
All of the rooms at The Grosvenor will be refurbished and out rooms which fringe the back of the hotel will also be restored.
The final phase of the project will be the restaurant and bar. Head chef Neil Cooper, previously of The Greyhound, has already revamped the food menu.
Simon and Teresa Henderson moved to the Test Valley in 2008; Teresa teaches music at a nearby Farleigh School and Simon runs a small Private Equity Fund, Provenance Investment Partners, backed by a number of ‘heavyweight chairmen and CEOs.
Previously Simon had enjoyed a 20+ year investment career, which culminated as a partner of Private Equity giant, TPG Capital.