The Samling, overlooking Lake Windermere in Cumbria, has become the fifth former Von Essen hotel to be sold on behalf of the administrators of the group, Ernst & Young.
The 11-bedroom property has been acquired by private buyers off a guide price of £6m. The hotel held a Michelin star in 2010 and 2011, but lost it in the recently published 2012 guide following the move of former head chef Nigel Mendham to Dukes hotel in London.
Today's announcement of the Samling's sale follows the confirmation last week that Andrew Brownsword's Bath Priory company, the owner of the Bath Priory and Gidleigh Park, had bought four of the former Von Essen hotels.
Jeremy Jones, director of corporate hotels at Christie + Co - which has been marketing the 26 Von Essen hotels in the UK and one in France following the collapse of the company into administration with debts of more than £250m in April 2011 - said the portfolio had stimulated interest, both home and overseas. "The Samling is a fine hotel, whose new owners are looking to invest and grow the business over the coming years," he said.
Further sales of the Von Essen hotels are expected to be announced this week.
By Janet Harmer
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