A couple have taken the plunge and made their first steps into hospitality with the purchase of their debut hotel.
Zoe Carter and James Sheehan acquired Milebrook House Hotel off a guide price of £695k for the freehold interest, from Mr & Mrs Marsden, who have owned the 10-bedroom hotel since 1986.
They now plan to heavily invest in branding, marketing and the general day-to-day running of the business, which was awarded the title of Welsh Hotel of the Year in 2015 by the Good Hotel Guide.
Zoe Carter and James Sheehan comment: “We are delighted to be the new owners of the Milebrook House Hotel and look forward to welcoming all our guests both new and old. It is our wish to continue the success of the hotel and we will endeavour to ensure that quality of customer service, good food and relaxation are always on the menu.”
Built in 1760 as a dower house to the nearby Stanage Castle, the property was once the home of British explorer and author, Sir Wilfred Thesiger.
Set in approximately 2.5 acres of picturesque gardens, the hotel was sympathetically extended in 1996 and now comprises 10 bedrooms, two sitting rooms, and a bar and restaurant, which leads to a terrace overlooking the garden.
Gary Boyce, director at Christie Finance, worked with Zoe and James to secure funding, and comments: “Zoe and James are highly driven individuals with the required skillset and enthusiasm as new owners of Milebrook House Hotel. I wish them both the very best in growing the business and taking it forward.”