Hand Picked Hotels has acquired the St Pierre Park hotel & golf resort in Guernsey.
The four-star resort hotel is to be purchased from SandpiperCI for an undisclosed sum. St Pierre Park Hotel has 131 bedrooms, and major conference and banqueting facilities for up to 360 people, a leisure spa and a range of dining options.
Hand Picked Hotels, created by former lawyer turned hotelier Julia Hands, said the move was part of a strategy to extend its presence in the Channel Islands, where it will complement Hand Picked's L'Horizon Beach Hotel & Spa, St Brelade's Bay, in Jersey.
Hand Picked Hotels' estate will expand to 19 hotels in September, when Bailbrook House Hotel in Bath, acquired last year, also joins the collection following a £10m restoration.
Set in 35 acres of parkland, with woods and lakes, St Pierre Park Hotel has a nine-hole par 3 golf course designed by Tony Jacklin, a spa, and gym, an indoor swimming pool, steam room, whirlpool, sauna and solarium. Outdoor hotel leisure facilities include three all weather tennis courts, a croquet lawn, a trim trail, crazy golf and a children's play area.
The hotel is just outside the island's capital, St Peter Port. Guernsey is served by many UK airports including Manchester, Gatwick, Stansted, Bristol, Southampton and Birmingham. There are regular ferry crossings from Poole, Portsmouth, Weymouth, St. Malo and Cherbourg.
Julia Hands, who formed Hand Picked Hotels in 2001 from a collection of hotels purchased with her husband, financier Guy Hands, said: "St Pierre Park will be our second resort hotel alongside L'Horizon in Jersey. The hotel is a great family destination and an excellent place for leisure breaks, weddings and business meetings and conferences. Guernsey is a beautiful island with good beaches, watersports, and excellent local produce. We look forward to attracting guests from the UK and elsewhere in Europe and further afield."