The endangered historic Castle Donington hotel was saved by the purchase of a Yorkshire leisure business

A historic hotel and wedding venue in Castle Donington has been bought by a luxury Yorkshire leisure group. The purchase follows months of uncertainty after the previous owners called the administrators.

The Priest House Hotel has parts that date back to the 11th century and was purchased by R Priest House Limited, part of the Brook Leisure Group. The leisure group operates a number of bars, nightclubs, restaurants and hotels in Sheffield, Doncaster and the Yorkshire Dales.

The quaint riverside hotel had been operated by Legacy Hotels after it took over in January 2020. It was previously owned by disgraced former Norton Motorcycles boss Stuart Garner and part of his property portfolio – which also included Donington Hall.

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Consent to planning a major hotel extension had been approved according to real estate agent Sanderson Weatherall, who was brought in to market the site after Garner’s business empire collapsed. Priest House Hotel dates back to Norman times and sits on the banks of the River Trent, a short drive from the center of Castle Donington.

The property was purchased for an undisclosed sum by the Barnsley-based leisure company, which says it is “delighted to begin working with the hotel team to re-establish The Priest House as one of the best hotels in the city. region “. The property has 42 rooms, a restaurant, a bar, an outdoor dining area and hosts conferences and business meetings, Live reports from Staffordshire.

Francis Hindle, Hotel Division Director, Brook Leisure Group, said: “We are delighted with this latest addition to our portfolio. The hotel has a strong local reputation for providing first class hospitality and we look forward to building on this as we seek to nurture and improve the offering over the coming months.

General manager Jason Brook said: “We have worked hard over the past year to acquire the Priest House. We see it as an important part of our evolving strategy to develop a group of quality hotels in exceptional locations.

“This acquisition of Priest House follows our purchase of Aysgarth Falls Hotel in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales last September and now brings our hotel portfolio to three sites, with a fourth planned in the South Yorkshire Dales. We look forward to working closely with existing and new clients as we strive to put the Priest House back on the map.

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