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Prima hotels awarded another management contract

13 January 2009 by
Prima hotels awarded another management contract

Luxury hotel company Prima Hotels, has been awarded the management contract to operate Matfen Hall Hotel Golf and Spa resort in Northumberland.

The 53-bedroom Matfen Hall near Newcastle-upon-Tyne includes two golf courses, a golf academy, seven conference rooms and spa and leisure facilities, and underwent a £5m investment programme in 2004. The deal was handled by property agent Christie & Co.

Liam Walshe, managing director of Prima Hotels, said: "We are really excited to be involved in the operation of this fantastic property, which compliments our existing portfolio of character hotels offering superb facilities and service. The owners deserve the best returns for this outstanding asset."

Sir Hugh Blackett, who owns the property with his wife Lady Anna, said: "It was important that our chosen operator maintained the individuality and quality of Matfen Hall whilst bringing new dynamics befitting a group with a similar ethos and the capacity to give the business the correct level of attention. We believe Prima Hotels fit the bill."

Prima Hotels was founded in 1998 by Liam Walshe and currently operates five luxury hotels in England and Scotland.

In September 2007 it took over the management of Nunsmere Hall hotel in Cheshire and the company also operates the Quorn Country hotel in Leicestershire; Hellaby Hall hotel in South Yorkshire; the Stanneylands hotel in Cheshire and the Royal Terrace in Edinburgh.

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