North Yorkshire hotel, Gisborough Hall is to break away from Macdonald Hotels to become a fully independent family-owned property from April 2017.
Lord Gisborough and his family, supported by a newly-appointed board of directors, will take full commercial control of the 71-bedroom hotel, and as a result will focus on new multi-million pound investment plans next year.
The hotel, which dates back to the 19th century, became a Macdonald Associate property when it first opened as a hotel in 2002 and now the four-star Gisborough Hall is home to two AA rosette restaurant Chaloner’s and a bar and bistro as well as a ballroom, conservatory and events space.
Once under the complete control of the Gisborough family, a new spa will be developed which will aim to be open by the end of 2017.
Heading up the board of directors will be Nick Holmes who has been appointed as non-executive director. Holmes was regarded for launching Rockliffe Hall and was managing director there for six years.
He will now support Gisborough Hall’s general manager Kim Yardley who has managed the hotel since it’s launch in 2002.
Nick Holmes said: “This is a truly exciting time for Gisborough Hall as we are now going to be fully managed here in Guisborough. As we approach our 15th anniversary next year the time is right for us to ‘go it alone’. It allows us to invest and develop as we see appropriate for both the local community and also to encourage visitors to the region.”
Lord Gisborough said: “Being part of the Macdonald Hotel Group has been a fantastic experience. They have provided us with the opportunity to grow and, with their leadership, we have been able to really put the hotel on the map, for this we are extremely grateful and we wish them all the best.”
A Macdonald Hotels Group spokesperson added: “We have very much enjoyed our association with Gisborough Hall Hotel and we wish the owners and staff every success in the future.”