Down Hall appoints new general manager

Ken Flockhart Down Hall

Luxury Hertfordshire country house hotel Down Hall has appointed Ken Flockhart as general manager.

Joining from his previous position as general manager at Warner Cricket St Thomas Hotel, the 239-bedroom hotel in Somerset, Flockhart replaces Mark O’Reilly who left in March after three years to move to Bannatyne Spa Hotel in Hastings.

Due to the current crisis, Flockhart’s first task will be to re-open the hotel with a number of events for the local community and key workers. He will be responsible for leading the Down Hall team whilst driving business development, procurement, recruitment and training.

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With over 30 years of experience in the hospitality sector, Flockhart’s previous roles include resort director at La Cala and general manager at Kuredu Island Resort & Spa in the Maldives, where he oversaw 770 staff.

He comments: “It’s an absolute pleasure to join one of the UK’s leading luxury country house hotels. I’m looking forward to the hotel reopening and supporting the ambitious plans afoot at Down Hall as we grow our weddings, conferencing and events offering, and to working alongside such a committed and talented team.”

The Elizabethan mansion in Hertfordshire has an extensive history, dating back to 1720 and is now privately owned by Veladail Group who have operated the site since 1986.

Last year Down Hall unveiled a new events space after a £1.2m investment.

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