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New GMs for Gidleigh Park and Abode Exeter

10 April 2015 by
New GMs for Gidleigh Park and Abode Exeter

Federico Aresti has been appointed general manager at the five-AA-red-star, 24-bedroom Gidleigh Park in Chagford, Devon, after spending six years as hotel manager at the nearby Bovey Castle.

Andrew Brownsword Hotels, the owner of Gidleigh, announced the news, alongside the appointment of Andrew King as general manager of the group's four-AA-star, 53-bedroom Abode Exeter property.

Due to join Gidleigh on 1 June, Sardinian-born Aresti worked in hotel management in Italy and Switzerland before moving to the south west of England in 2002. He replaces acting general manager Simon Franks, who will return to his general manager role at Buckland Manor, another Andrew Brownsword hotel near Broadway, Worcestershire.

Meanwhile, King is set to join Abode Exeter on 13 April. After training at the Dorchester and Cadogan hotels in London, he worked in the Far East before joining Sharrow Bay in Ullswater, Cumbria as general manager, a position he held for eight years. King replaces Matt Collins, who has left the company.

Jason Carruthers, chief executive of Andrew Brownsword Hotels, said that the company welcomed the arrival of Aresti and King. "Both Gidleigh Park and Abode Exeter have delivered strong results for the first quarter of 2015 and as our busiest seasons approach, it's great to have two such skilled hoteliers leading our teams".

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