Gravetye Manor, the three-red-AA-star hotel which was rescued out of administration in March this year, is to undergo a multimillion-pound refurbishment.
The 18 bedrooms and public areas of the listed Elizabethan manor house, which is owned by Saphos - a new company set up by private investor Jeremy Hosking - will be redecorated, with structural repairs taking place where necessary.
"We shall be keeping the style of the decor faithful to the vision of William Robinson, the owner of Gravetye from 1884 until his death in 1935," said Neville Ablitt, who was appointed by Hosking to oversee future investment plans for the hotel.
"There will be no dramatic surprises, but we will bring the property up to date."
The award-winning 35-acre garden, created by Robinson, is also to be restored under the consultancy of renowned gardener Fergus Garrett of Great Dixter in Northiam, East Sussex.
Ablitt said that around 15 new staff, led by general manager Amy Gleadow and her brother, Rupert, as head chef, have been recruited to the hotel up to a total of 50 since Hosking bought the property.
By Janet Harmer
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