Newly-formed Hive Hotel Group to invest £3.5m into new acquisition in Derbyshire


Callow Hall Country House Hotel has been acquired by a new hotel group, who are bidding to build a five-strong collection over the next 10 years.

The historic country house hotel on the edge of the Derbyshire Peak District has been acquired by the recently-formed Hive Hotel Group, headed up by Ed Burrows and Charles Randall, former operators of Barnsdale Lodge hotel in Rutland.

They have taken over the 16-bedroom property from David and Joan Hardman, who acquired the hotel from Von Essen administration in 2011.

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Now the new owners plan to invest in refurbishing the Victorian country house, renovating all public areas and bedrooms, and converting a derelict coach house into four suites, subject to planning permission.

The investment will also see self-catering accommodation created within the 35 acres of woodland surrounding the property.

Ed Burrows, managing director of the Hive Hotel Group, said: “Callow Hall, which has a deep and important local history, fits perfectly with our vision for The Hive, which is to create the perfect environment for friends, family and colleagues to gather and enjoy the hospitality we offer.

Callow Hall was built between 1849 and 1852 for John Goodwin Johnson. It opened as a hotel in 1982 and for 26 years it was run by the Spencer family until it was sold to Von Essen Hotels.

According to its website, the group specialises in renovating hotels in stunning locations.

It states: “The Hive Hotel Group is a privately-owned group of companies formed in 2018, with over 20 years’ of experience, knowledge and know-how in the luxury hotel and self catering sector.

“The Hive Hotel Group’s mission is to acquire country house hotels in stunning locations and introduce our own brand and style to each, giving our guests an informal yet exceptional experience.

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