St James’ Hotel Group sells off Blackwell Grange Hotel to Irish-based investor


St James’ Hotel Group has sold Grade-II listed Blackwell Grange Hotel to Irish-based investor, Bruhenny Investments in a ‘multi-million pound’ deal. 

The three-star hotel in Darlington, which is rumoured to be haunted, was put on the market by the group earlier this year for £3.2m.

Now the new owners are planning a ‘significant investment’ to the property, which dates back to the 1600s.

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The historic hotel was owned by nine generations of Allans after being bought in 1690, until 1953 when it was bought by Darlington council.

It was converted into a hotel in 1970.

Blackwell Grange Hotel sits in 4.35 acres of grounds and is home to 108 bedrooms. In 2007, the property underwent a £500k renovation and upgrade.

Dawn Raine, general manager said: “The management and staff at Blackwell Grange are looking forward greatly to working with the new ownership and are excited about their substantial investment and improvements plans for the hotel.

“We will continue to provide an exceptional service for all our guests. We especially wish to reassure brides and grooms that there will be no disruption or building works taking place during any wedding reception held at the Hotel. Any works will be carefully planned to keep disruption to a minimum.”

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