The future of an historic country house hotel near Burton looks to have been secured after being bought out of administration.
Back in February, Abbot Grange, which operated Dovecliff Hall Hotel, in Dovecliff Road, between Rolleston-on-Dove and Stretton, called in administrators. Since then, the administrators have been running the hotel as normal, honouring all bookings, including weddings, while seeking a buyer.
Now, the venue, which comprises 15 rooms and is set in six acres of grounds overlooking the River Dove, has been sold to a local businessman – Anton Jenkins, a director at Burton-based pharmaceuticals firm Clinigen. The sale was led by insolvency specialists Matt Ingram and Sarah Bell of Duff and Phelps with support from real estate adviser GVA. Mr Ingram said that the deal secures the future of the venue’s 18-strong workforce.
Not long after the hotel went into administration, Mr Ingram reported a “high level of interest” in the business – and predicted that a deal could be struck within months. Now, following the deal to sell the property, customers have been reassured that all bookings will continue to be honoured. It is also understood that the new owner has plans to invest in the hotel.
The hall is a Grade II-listed Georgian manor house dating back to 1790. It was built for the family of Thomas Thornewill. In the 19th century is was owned by Lord Bass who made many contributions to Burton including the Ferry Bridge. He was a good friend of King Edward VII and the King visited the Bass brewery and the family on their estate at Rangemore in 1902, beginning the brewing of the now famous King’s Ale.
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In 1928 the house was opened as a hotel but reverted back to a private house when it was bought by Colonel Sharpe in 1936. The house was bought and sold several times until 1987, when it was purchased and renamed as the Dovecliff Hall Hotel by a consortium headed by Nick Hine.
Source: Derby Telegraph