Focus Hotels has taken over the management and ownership of the four-star, 87-bedroom Mercure Shrewsbury Albrighton Hall hotel and spa, near Shrewsbury in Shropshire.
The long-term management contract came into effect yesterday, and the hotel will continue to be run under the Mercure brand. It will spark a period of investment into the property, on behalf of the owner Apthill Investments, which is a new investment vehicle owned by chief executive Peter Cashman and family associates.
Upgrades are expected to include renovations to the hotel bedrooms, entrance, spa, wedding and conference facilities.
Housed within an 18th century manor house, the hotel is set in 15 acres of grounds, and overlooks a lake. It features a restaurant called the Oak Room, a bar with a terrace, a spa and fitness centre with a pool, jacuzzi, and squash court. Bedroom facilities include Wi-Fi and satellite TV while the hotel also offers meeting and events spaces with capacity for 400.
Cashman said: "We are delighted to be taking over the ownership and management of the Mercure Shrewsbury Albrighton Hall hotel and spa, a beautiful and historic property, which we believe has fantastic potential. We are very excited about our development plans, and have funds already in place to make them a reality."
Founded in 2007, Focus Hotels also manages 17 other three- and four-star hotels across the UK, operating under the brands Mercure, Ibis, Styles by Accor and DoubleTree by Hilton.