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Bovey Castle GM quits after six weeks

10 June 2005
Bovey Castle GM quits after six weeks

The general manager of Peter de Savary's luxury Devon retreat Bovey Castle has quit after just six weeks in the job.

Philip Newman-Hall started at the hotel on 1 April in a deal worth between £150,000 and £200,000 a year, but left in May.

Speaking from Marrakech, where he is temporarily managing Richard Branson's Kasbah Tamadot hotel, Newman-Hall said: "What Peter wanted to achieve with the property was different to what I did. With hindsight, perhaps I hadn't seen enough before I took the role."

The 65-bedroom resort reopened in April last year after a £27m refurbishment. De Savary said the scale of the project, which he described as a mini-Gleneagles, had proved too much for Newman-Hall, who had decided to "bail out before he got in any deeper".

De Savary has now recruited long-time collaborator William Pound to take over as general manager from 4 July. "He set up the St James Clubs for me and ran Stapleford Park, so I think it'll prove to be a very attractive appointment," he said.

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