Beccy Gunn has been appointed general manager at Bespoke Hotels' White Horse hotel in Dorking, Surrey, ahead of a scheduled re-launch in November.
Bespoke is investing more than £3m in the hotel in after acquiring the property from American private equity company Lone Star earlier this year to turn it into a "foodie destination".
Following its temporary closure on 17 July, the hotel is undergoing a comprehensive re-design of its dining and events space, alongside the addition of 16 bedrooms, bringing the total to 57.
Gunn arrives at the White Horse from the same role at Cannizaro House, Hotel du Vin Wimbledon. She has overseen a number of property openings during her two decades of experience in the hotel sector, including as general manager as launch general manager of the Arch London in 2009. She replaces former White Horse general manager Sami Amor.
She said: "I am hugely excited to be joining the team at the White Horse at such a crucial time. I have been very impressed by both the vision behind the project and the passion from the management within Bespoke, not to mention the considerable potential of Dorking as a destination in itself. I am relishing the opportunity to re-establish the property within the local community."
Graham Marskell, managing director of Bespoke Hotels, added: "We are delighted to have secured Beccy's services as we look to build the foundations of a successful and longstanding team at the White Horse. We are confident that her passion and proven track record, when allied to our investment and vision for the property, will prove a winning combination for both Dorking and Surrey."
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