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Legacy Hotels takes over management of two Best Western properties

Legacy Hotels takes over management of two Best Western properties

Legacy Hotels & Resorts is to operate two Best Western hotels, which have been sold to unnamed offshore investment trusts for an undisclosed sum.

The company has been appointed to run the 50-bedroom Best Western Plus Angel hotel in Chippenham, Wiltshire, which includes the facilities of a private members' leisure club, conference and banqueting suites and a bar and restaurant.

"The hotel was previously owned and operated for the past 20 years by two private hoteliers, who have carefully built a solid and respected local business and we are delighted to be the proud new custodians of the property," he said.

"We see opportunities to carefully build on this successful business, which is the leading hotel in the area, by retaining its premier local position yet assisting it in expanding its commercial and distribution as part of a larger group."

Offshore investment trusts have also bought the beneficial shares of the 95-bedroom Best Western Chilworth Manor hotel & spa in Chilworth, Southampton, after it fell into administration.

Located within 12 acres of landscaped gardens and adjoining conservation area, the property has a purpose-built health club and spa and is now under the guidance of Legacy Hotels & Resorts' regional general manager John Billane.

More than £200,000 has already been spent on the hotel's infrastructure in order to roll out new IT and telecoms that includes a full two-way platform with Guestline and an upgrade to its free Wi-Fi service.

"The Best Western Chilworth Manor is particularly popular among event organisers for its country manor house environment, extensive and versatile conference and banqueting spaces, free car-parking and its standalone leisure club and spa, which are all within easy access from key motorway hubs to the area and within easy reach of Southampton city centre," Townsend said.

"Two sample guestrooms have been completed to show to clients as we embark on a refurbishment programme which will lead to all 95 bedrooms being upgraded and refurbished before the end of this year. We are particularly pleased with the scheme we have developed for our Manor House rooms, which embrace the heritage of the property while delivering guests with the facilities and services expected today of a modern hotel offer."

Simon Stevens, director at Christie & Co, acted for the sellers in both acquisitions.

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