James Hemming has been appointed as hotel manager at the 36-bedroom Highbullen Hotel in Umberleigh, Devon, to help lead the newly refurbished property, under new ownership, into a new era.
Set within more than 200 acres of grounds and incorporating an 18-hole golf course, the hotel was bought last year off a guide price of £3.75m by Frank Chapman, the pioneer of timeshare properties in the UK. He opened the first timeshare resort on the banks of Loch Rannoch in Perthshire in the late 1970s.
Prior to the change in ownership, the hotel was managed by Legacy Hotels and Resorts on behalf of the previous owners H & P Neil, with a view to increase occupancy.
Hemming was until recently general manager at the Cornwall Hotel, Spa & Estate, near St Austell, Cornwall. He has also held managerial roles at Champneys and the Goring hotel in London.
"I am delighted to be joining such a dedicated team at this very exciting stage in Highbullen's reincarnation," he said. "After many difficult years the hotel is receiving over £1m in investment to establish it, once again, as an authentic, luxury Devon experience.
"Following a complete refurbishment, including all bedrooms, restaurant, bars, tennis courts and lounges, Highbullen Hotel Golf and Country Club will return as one of Devon's best destinations."
By Janet Harmer
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