Hilwood adds third property

Hilwood Resorts and Hotels has added a third property to its portfolio with the acquisition of Bailbrook House in Bath from the Sundial Group. The listed eighteenth century property was winner of South West Tourism's 2006 Excellence in England Awards, and its acquisition is part of Hilwood's vision to create a portfolio of premium luxury resorts and hotels throughout the UK, said a statement from the company. As owner-operator, Sundial refurbished the property after purchasing it in 2002. Bailbrook can accommodate up to 160 for conferences and has 78 executive double rooms. For the remainder of this year, Hilwood will continue to operate Bailbrook as it is now, with plans currently being finalised for its reincarnation “into a world-class premium luxury hotel and spa”. The purchase will not result in a reduction in the number of staff employed at Bailbrook. "It was clear that the greatest potential for this superb property was for it to be developed into a luxury resort hotel,” said Hilwood joint managing director Gregor Ritchie. “Business will continue as normal for the remainder of this year and then we will undertake an extensive two year refurbishment and development programme creating a very exciting new hotel concept." Bailbrook House joins Hilwood's other two properties, Bovey Castle on Dartmoor National Park and the Grand Jersey in St Helier, Jersey .

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