Michael Stott, the former chief executive officer at Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, has been appointed managing director at Barons Eden-owned Hoar Cross Hall in Staffordshire.
Stott was previously with Macdonald Hotels for just over four years, first starting as managing director of resorts in May 2017.
Past experience also includes an eight-year stint at Whittlebury Hall in Northamptonshire.
Now he will look to grow the team at Hoar Cross Hall and focus on the hotel’s next phase of growth.
Barons Eden recently invested £14m in its Hoar Cross Hall venue, and is continuously looking to the future of its two luxury venues with intentions to execute development projects across both sites over the next 18 months.
Commenting on the new appointment Edward Law, director, Barons Eden said, “We have a strong and ambitious strategy for Barons Eden and our hotel and spas, therefore it has been important that we get the right team around us to propel us onto the next phase of the business.
He continued, “Following what has been a challenging period for the industry as a whole, we are now looking to a bright future and have therefore ensured that we have invested heavily in fortifying our teams. In addition to Michael’s recent appointment, we have commenced a strong recruitment drive of nearly 80 people across our two properties, with more to come, as well as a recent key appointment in James St Claire-Jones, our talented Executive Chef at Hoar Cross Hall.
Stott added: “Now is the perfect time for me to join the already fantastic team at Hoar Cross Hall. After the uncertainty of the last two years, customer experience and innovation has never been more important, and I am looking forward to implementing some exciting new projects across each offering at our incredible destination over the next twelve months.”
Hoar Cross Hall opened in April. The unveiling marked the group’s largest investment into a hotel ever, with the project spanning two years.
The 150-year-old property saw its 97 bedrooms overhauled, with freestanding baths in a select number of rooms, with some featuring hot tubs on private exterior terraces.
Barons Eden is owned by five partners and is growing its portfolio of spa and hotel destinations. As well as Hoar Cross Hall, the group also runs Eden Hall Day Spa in Nottinghamshire.