Down Hall Hotel, Spa, and Estate have reported a 50% increase in gross profit over the past year, attributing this success to heightened occupancy rates and the introduction of new initiatives and events. The hotel underwent significant refurbishments, enhancing its bedrooms and terrace, and introduced new features such as the Fox Bar and The Potting Shed. The team expanded from 80 to 180 employees, with over 3000 new guests welcomed during this period. General manager Linden Beattie expressed excitement about the transformational year, acknowledging the team’s commitment and looking forward to continued success in 2024. Located in Bishops Stortford, Down Hall is a country house estate spanning 110 acres.
The Theobalds Park Estate in Cheshunt, Waltham Cross, is now on the market, encompassing 55 acres of land. The Grade II listed lifestyle hotel, formerly operated under the Birch brand, comprises 140 bedrooms and a members club. Despite its recent closure in November 2023, the property offers various opportunities for re-opening and enhancement. Situated 13 miles north of Central London, the estate is in proximity to the M25 and Waltham Cross Station, with nearby attractions such as Sunset Waltham Cross Studios. Savills associate director Harriet Fuller highlighted the property’s diverse facilities and income-generating potential, expecting high demand from a range of buyers.
The Glen Mhor Hotel in Inverness has been awarded the Wellness Charter by Hospitality Health, a Scottish charity dedicated to improving health and wellbeing in the hospitality and tourism sector. Recognising the importance of staff support, the hotel implemented a comprehensive programme focusing on workplace and overall life balance. Initiatives include mental health first aiders, wellness training, health passports, and development training for staff. Victoria Erasmus, the hotel’s owner, expressed pride in the holistic approach taken by the family business to support individuals both in the workplace and personal lives. Gordon McIntyre, founder of Hospitality Health, emphasised the organisation’s goal of providing tools and mental health first aid training to prioritise staff welfare in the industry.
The Cottage in the Wood Malvern has appointed Michael Pearson as its general manager to solidify its position as a unique destination. Pearson, born and raised in Malvern, brings managerial experience and a personal connection to the four-star hotel. The establishment, which recently earned four AA stars and 3AA rosettes for its restaurant, aims to become a foodie haven under Pearson’s leadership. The hotel, recognised as Hotel of the Year at the Worcestershire Tourism Awards in 2023, plans to introduce seasonal tasting menus, new cocktail experiences, and regular events. Owner Nick Davies expressed anticipation for the hotel’s future with Pearson at the helm, citing his passion for the industry and trendsetting vision.