Lumley Castle near Durham has appointed former GM at Isle of Eriska hotel, Gordon Cartwright to head up the historic property.
The four-star 73-bedroom hotel, which dates back to 1389, has also welcomed new executive chef Craig Sherrington to the team.
With over 30 years’ experience across Relais and Chateaux, Michelin and five star hotels, Cartwright joins Lumley Castle from Macdonald Hotels and Restaurants where he was group quality director.
Previously general manager at the five-star Isle of Eriska Hotel and Spa in Scotland, the Old Inn at Crawfordsburn in Northern Ireland and Gilpin Hotel and Lake House, his new role is to oversee the transformation and rejuvenation of Lumley Castle, which includes the refurbishment of eight bedrooms in January.
Sherrington cut his teeth working at Le Champignon Sauvage under David Everitt-Matthias and was part of Eric Chavot’s team at The Capital Hotel, helping the restaurant to gain its second Michelin Star.
He worked at Storrs Hall in Bowness and the Duke of Edinburgh Hotel in Barrow, before taking over The General Burgoyne in Ulverston.
In 2015, Sherrington and his wife, Louise bought their own restaurant, Virginia House.
In 2020, Lumley Castle will also unveil new wedding packages, alongside the introduction of new menus for autumn and winter and a refurbishment of the Knight’s Brasserie.
General manager, Gordon Cartwright comments: “I am delighted to be heading up the team at Lumley Castle and working alongside our new executive head chef, Craig Sherrington. It’s an incredible property with a wealth of history and I’m confident that between us we can elevate it to the next level and offer guests a truly memorable experience.”