Hotelier Charles Merchie has opened his first property with his wife Fiona following a transformation of a hotel in the Yorkshire Dales.
The French hotelier with a wealth of experience in Michelin star restaurants and luxury boutique hotels, has launched The Wensleydale Hotel after phase one of a refurbishment of the former The White Swan in Middleham.
The pair acquired the property earlier this year, and will continue the upgrade project at The Wensleydale Hotel over the coming months to create a 15-bedroom hotel.
Charles said: “I am delighted to be in the gorgeous Yorkshire Dales and myself and Fiona are really looking forward to driving The Wensleydale forward with our two boys helping out when they can.
“With the first phase of the upgrade now complete, we are thoroughly enjoying welcoming guests to enjoy a tipple in the bar before dinner in the restaurant or a peaceful overnight break in the stunning Dales.”
The Wensleydale Hotel is a family-run affair with Charles and Fiona leading the day-to-day running of the hotel and their two sons, Monty and Hugo, working on the bar, in The Tack Room restaurant and the kitchen during university holidays.
A previous colleague and good friend of Charles, Rui Barradas, has been appointed as resident manager, along with his wife Vera, who is overseeing front of house.
Phase two of the upgrade will begin over autumn and winter this year.
Merchie’s experience includes stints at three Michelin star restaurants across Europe and was the former general manager of the Feversham Arms Hotel, Swinton Park and Wood Hall Hotel & Spa.