The three-AA-red-star, 17-bedroom Brockencote Hall hotel has been bought by the Eden Hotel Collection for more than £3m.
Situated near Kidderminster, Worcestershire, the Victorian country house hotel will be the fifth property to join the portfolio of luxury hotels owned by Sir Peter Rigby, the computer and aviation entrepreneur, named by the Sunday Times Rich List 2011 as being worth £480m.
The group already owns the one-Michelin-starred Mallory Court in Leamington Spa, Buckland Tout-Saints in Devon, the Kings hotel in Chipping Campden and the Arden hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon, which opened in partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2010.
Brockencote Hall, which until now has been owned by Joseph and Alison Petitjean since 1985, currently holds two AA rosettes for its food, an accolade that the team at Eden is keen to build upon. Simon Haigh, executive chef at Mallory Court, will be lending his culinary expertise to the new venture to boost the hotel's culinary reputation.
Set in 70 acres of grounds near the Malvern Hills, Brockencote is to undergo a complete renovation to bring it in line with the quality of the other hotels in the collection. Award-winning interior designer, Nicholas Hollinshead, who undertook the refurbishment of the Arden Hotel, will restore Brockencote to its former glory.
Eden's group managing director, Mark Chambers, said the company had been looking to expand its collection of hotels for some time, but wanted to ensure it selected a property that would complement its existing properties. "Our four existing hotels have their own unique style and characteristics and we know that Brockencote Hall will be the perfect fit," he said.
By Janet Harmer
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