Bath’s No.15 Great Pulteney has appointed a new general manager, almost five months after the property was acquired from Ian and Christa Taylor.
Managing director Jonathan Walker, who has been at the helm of the hotel since December 2016, is stepping away to look for ‘further projects within the industry’.
No.15 Great Pulteney was sold in October 2019 by hoteliers Ian and Christa Taylor to family-owned Guest Holdings for an undisclosed sum.
Guillaume Lesage arrives from his role of general manager at The Bannatyne Group’s Charlton House Hotel & Spa near Glastonbury since October 2017 while prior to that he held the same role at Exeter’s Hotel du Vin from February 2016.
With an investment stake in the hotel from the outset and involvement in shaping the business since No.15’s launch, Walker will work alongside Lesage during a one-month handover period.
Lesage says: “I am thrilled to be taking up my new role at No.15, it is such a stylish hotel with a character and energy all of its own that immediately made a real impact upon Bath’s hotel landscape. I am much looking forward to working with Jonathan in the coming month as he hands over the day-to-day reins and meeting the dedicated hotel team of 35 staff for a seamless transition. Bath is a fabulous, world-class city and I am also excited about becoming part of the community.”
The Guest brothers comment: “In Guillaume we are confident that we have found the person who can uphold all that has been so wonderfully created at No.15 to date and we now look to building on that success during 2020 and well beyond. We thank Jonathan enormously for his support and continued commitment to No.15 since last October and on behalf of the whole team at No.15, we also wish Jonathan all the very best for the future.”
No.15 Great Pulteney was opened in December 2016 after the Taylors renovated three Grade-I Georgian townhouses into the new 40-bedroom hotel, with cocktail bar, sitting rooms and Dispensary restaurant.
A year later, a spa was added with four-themed treatment rooms, a large cedar wood hot tub and barrel-shaped sauna.
No.15 Great Pulteney was also named ‘Outstanding New Hotel’ at the Independent Hotel Show in October 2017.