Former Lanesborough employee takes the reins at Glenapp Castle

Glenapp Castle photographed on 31/5/16

Glenapp Castle has announced the appointment of a new general manager, as the hotel embarks on its ‘most exciting phase yet’.

Will Oakley takes the reins of the five-star 21-bedroom hotel having moved back to the UK after seven years as general manager of Cobblers Cove in Barbados.

Glenapp Castle first announced it was on the hunt for a new GM in April, after as its current GM John Orr took on a new part time position as director of special relations.

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Oakley’s career started after he graduated from the Savoy Group of Hotel Management Training and joined The Lanesborough Hotel in 1992.

Oakley was only 25 years old when he took his first role as general manager. He has also previously worked for luxury hotel partners at The Cadogan Hotel as well as Bespoke Hotels and the Halcyon Hotel in Holland Park.

Jill Chalmers, managing director, Glenapp Castle comments: “We are utterly thrilled that Will has joined our team. He will be instrumental in taking Glenapp Castle and the business to the next level, we are delighted that he has joined us at a very exciting time for Glenapp Castle.”

The hotel has recently launched The Endeavour, its new castle apartment that encompasses the whole of the top floor of the castle.

The Endeavour has been a dream of Paul Szkiler, the proprietor of Glenapp Castle, ever since he took over the Castle in 2015.

He is aiming to transform the hotel into a world-class destination and future plans also include an onsite spa development. 

Glenapp Castle is also extending its food and beverage offering this summer, launching its new Azalea Glasshouse Restaurant, located in the Castle’s picturesque Walled Gardens.

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