Legacy Hotels & Resorts has acquired Crabwall Manor Hotel and Spa off of a guide price of £6.45m.
The four-star, 48-bedroom hotel in Chester is set in 10 acres of grounds and features the Earl of Chester restaurant, a leisure centre, a spa and five function rooms. It underwent a £1.5m renovation in 2014.
Gary Install has returned to Legacy Hotels to run its new business as general manager.
Crabwall Manor was acquired with additional planning permission to expand the capacity of its conference facilities and to add seven bedrooms within the main building. The works are expected to begin next year.
Legacy Hotels chief executive Andy Townsend said: "Crabwall Manor Hotel and Spa is a well-established addition to our striking regional country house hotel portfolio, following the addition of New Place Hotel Southampton earlier this year. The popularity of the hotel is testament to its success and potential, and demonstrates how Chester continues to establish itself as strong location for the hotel and hospitality sector."
Install added: "I've known Andy since the early 1990s and have run two previous properties for Legacy Hotels & Resorts. I'm excited to be back working with the team and having the opportunity to develop the business and take the property through the exciting plans we have in place for it over the next year or so."
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