Legacy revives Swallow properties

Legacy Hotels and Resorts has taken over the management of three hotels formerly leased to the collapsed Swallow Hotel Group. The Stratford-based hotel group has inherited ownership of Salisbury’s Swallow Rose & Crown; The Swallow Aston Court hotel in Derby and the Gateshead’s Spring Hotel property in a deal worth over £850,000, as part of its plan to double the size of its portfolio within the next year. The news comes after an extended sales effort by Ernst and Young to sell properties in the Swallow portfolio after its hotel company, London and Edinburgh Swallow Group, called in administrators in September. It will see Legacy Hotels and Resorts add 144 rooms to its five existing properties taking its total number of rooms to 457 across the portfolio. Legacy Hotels and Resorts chief executive Andy Townsend said the first priority was to focus on a number of sectors including the local conference market. "After the collapse of Swallow Hotels’ holding company, this is a superb opportunity to further extend the portfolio of Legacy Hotels and Resorts," Townsend said. "Our initial aim is to concentrate on the local conference and wedding markets as well as ensure the busy Christmas and New Year runs smoothly."

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