Belton Woods Hotel has been taken over by a rival hotel group.
The complex, complete with its luxury lodges, is one of six hotels taken over from De Vere by QHotels, adding to the group’s portfolio of 21 hotels.
Managing director Michael Purtill and finance director Ian Goulding will oversee the transfer. They have confirmed all hotels will see investment, and promised existings bookings will be kept.
He said: “Our first priority is business as usual for the teams and guests, ensuring we fulfil our commitments for existing bookings. We are then looking at where we can invest in developing the hotels to emulate the award-winning standards QHotels is renowned for and which drives guest satisfaction and loyalty.”
Also taken over by QHotels are Cameron House in Loch Lomond, Dunston Hall in Norwich, Oulton Hall in Leeds, Mottram Hall in Macclesfield, Cheshire, and Slaley Hall in Hexham, Northumberland.
The six former De Vere hotels were acquired by Sankaty Advisors, LLC (Sankaty) and Canyon Capital Advisors LLC (Canyon) yesterday (Thursday).
Mr Purtill said: “This is a really positive move that will help drive long-term, sustained growth for the QHotels brand. The six hotels are an excellent fit as they are renowned for their first-rate facilities, catering and service. This aligns with our guest-first ethos and enables us to effectively expand our UK reach.
“We will be working with each hotel on an individual basis to ensure we build on the best of what they have to offer and complementing this with our experience and expertise. This will help to maximise the conference and events potential of each of the hotels, while strengthening our portfolio in terms of a wider golf, spa and leisure offering.”
QHotels was recently awarded AA Hotel Group of the Year 2014. Other recognitions includes QHotels being rated No. 1 UK Hotel chain 2013 by independent watchdog Which? and, for the second year awarded ‘Recommended Provider’ status. It also landed three prestigious VenueVerdict Brand Awards for Gold Standard Group, No.1 Large Group and Event Sales Enquiry Handling.