Manchester-based Elle R Leisure, the company behind Dukes 92 in Castlefield and the Albert’s restaurants, has bought Soughton Hall, a 15-bedroom hotel and events venue in North Wales.
The site, which was bought from the Rodenhurst family, includes The Stables restaurant and bar.
The grade two-listed former Bishop’s palace was built in 1764 and was the ancestral home of the Wynne-Bankes until it was acquired by the Rodenhurst family in 1987 and opened as a boutique hotel and wedding venue.
The hall was re-modelled in 1820 by John William Bankes with the help of Sir Charles Barry, architect for the Houses of Parliament.
James Ramsbottom, managing director of Elle R Leisure, said: “This is a very exciting acquisition and adds another hotel to our growing portfolio to serve both the local market and also attract customers from Cheshire, Liverpool and Manchester. Soughton Hall is a stunning property that we feel has a lot of potential. We will be keeping Soughton Hall and The Stables’ existing staff, and our intention is to build up the wedding and corporate business with a view to creating more jobs for local people. We look forward to bringing our expertise in the hotel management and corporate events and wedding hospitality to Soughton Hall.”
Manchester-based law firm Slater Heelis LLP acted on behalf of Elle R Leisure.
Elle R Leisure is a family-owned business based in Castlefield, Manchester. The company has a turnover of £15m and employs approximately 500 people. It owns the Albert’s restaurants in Castlefield, Didsbury and Worsley, as well as the Woodlands hotel in Gildersome, Leeds and the Hello Hotel on the East Lancashire Road in Salford. Castlefield restaurant and bar Dukes 92 is currently undergoing a £1m refurbishment.