Michelin-starred Holbeck Ghyll sold for multimillion-pound sum

21 January 2010 by
Michelin-starred Holbeck Ghyll sold for multimillion-pound sum

Holbeck Ghyll, the four-AA-red star and Michelin-starred hotel in the Lake District, has been sold for an undisclosed multi-million pound sum.

Business man Stephen Leahy completed the purchase of the 26-bedroom property, overlooking Lake Windermere and the Langdale Fells, from David and Patricia Nicholson yesterday.

It is the first entry into the world of hospitality for Leahy who is chief executive officer of the Manchester-based Select Group of Businesses, which includes Select Engineering Projects and Select Data Centres. However, it fulfils his lifelong ambition to own a hotel and restaurant.

"Ever since I was a teenager, when dining out without my parents was a novelty thing, the idea of owning my own hotel or restaurant struck me as a great lifestyle choice, far more fun than engineering," said Leahy.

Leahy's plans for the hotel include the introduction of shooting and fishing breaks, the hire of luxury supercars and scenic Lake District heli-tours.

Paul Roebuck, who previously worked for Sir John Hall at the hospitality venue Wynyard Hall in Northumberland, has been appointed general manager. The rest of the staff, including head chef David McLaughlin, are expected to remain at the hotel.

Holbeck Ghyll, which is represented by Small Luxury Hotels of the World and Pride of Britain, recently retained a Michelin star for the 10th consecutive year. The hotel restaurant is ranked as the 23rd best restaurant in the UK in the 2010 Good Food Guide.

Holbeck Ghyll listed as an AA-red-star hotel >>

Holbeck Ghyll takes an old school approach to technology >>

The price of survivial >>

By Janet Harmer

E-mail your comments to Janet Harmer here.

If you have something to say on this story or anything else join the debate at Table Talk - Caterer's new networking forum. Go to www.caterersearch.com/tabletalk

Caterersearch.com jobs
Looking for a new job? Find your next hotel job here with Caterersearch.com jobs

Blogs on Caterersearch.com](http://www.caterersearch.com/blogs) Catch up with more news and gossip on all Caterer's blogs
[Newsletters For the latest hospitality news, sign up for our e-mail newsletters.
The Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email

Start the working day with The Caterer’s free breakfast briefing email

Sign Up and manage your preferences below

Check mark icon
Thank you

You have successfully signed up for the Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email and will hear from us soon!

Jacobs Media is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

The highest official awards for UK businesses since being established by royal warrant in 1965. Read more.


Ad Blocker detected

We have noticed you are using an adblocker and – although we support freedom of choice – we would like to ask you to enable ads on our site. They are an important revenue source which supports free access of our website's content, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

trade tracker pixel tracking