After 30 years under the same ownership, Rothay Garden Hotel has been acquired by Fairtree International, to be managed by Providence Hospitality.
The 30-bedroom hotel in the Lake District has been owned by hotelier Chris Carass for the past three decades, who has invested heavily in repositioning the property and developing a new restaurant and spa in recent years.
Fairtree International has acquired Rothay Garden Hotel, which was named Cumbria Tourism’s Best Small Hotel Award last year, on behalf of a private investor in partnership with the growing hotel management group, Providence Hospitality.
Fairtree International and Providence Hospitality, both forming part of the Fairtree group of companies, have owned and operated boutique hotels and resorts in the UK and South Africa.
Providence now manages a total of 17 properties, of which 9 are situated in the UK.
The group already owns two hotels in Cumbria – award-winning Borrowdale Gates Hotel near Keswick and The Grange at Grange-over-Sands – backed by its bankers NatWest.
Providence’s co-founder, Joe Bester, says: “We aim to be well-represented countrywide and establish a reputation as one of the top hotel operators in the UK and South Africa. We are planning to continue growing our quality portfolio in the UK and the addition of Rothay Garden is a great step toward that.”
Chris Carss now aims to retire from hotel keeping after 45 years in the industry but has other business interests to work on. Speaking on the sale of the hotel, he said: “I have really enjoyed getting to know the teams at Fairtree International and Providence Hospitality and am delighted that Rothay Garden will remain in safe and capable hands. A bright new chapter is beginning for the hotel, its staff and its guests.”