The three-star, 39-bedroom Green Lawns hotel in Falmouth, Cornwall, is to undergo a major refurbishment after being acquired by husband and wife Nick Rudlin and Sioned Parry-Rudlin, off a guide price of £2.5m.
Originally the mansion house residence of a late 19th century merchant, the hotel has been sold by Bob Collings, who acquired the property in 1973 and is now retiring.
Rudlin and Parry-Rudlin, who previously worked in London as director of operation of the Barbican Food Hall & Lounge and director of sales and marketing at the Marriott County Hall respectively, say they intend to use their combined 40 years of working in hospitality to "bring something new and fresh" to Cornwall.
"We will be combining big company disciplines and insights with a family and friendly approach to offer spectacular food and accommodation with up-scale standards of service and attention to detail," they said.
"There are some wonderful hotels in Cornwall and we know that customer expectations around here are sky-high," added Parry-Rudlin. "We have commissioned the multi award-winning Helen Hughes, one of the UK's leading restaurant and hotel designers, to completely overhaul the hotel's interiors with a specific brief to produce something that will amaze and delight our guests. While personal service will be our focus we want to avoid being just another boutique-style seaside hotel."
Current general manager at the hotel, Nick Slade, will remain at the helm.
Known locally as the Ivy hotel on account of its ivy-covered exterior, the Green Lawans has an 80-seat restaurant, function space for 350, 12m swimming pool and award-winning gardens.
By Janet Harmer
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