Gerald Eve Advises Longleat on second von Essen hotel acquisition

Longleat Enterprises advised by Gerald Eve has acquired a second hotel from the von Essen Hotel Group.
Longleat has bought the 21-bedroom Georgian country house Homewood Park Hotel and Spa in Hinton Charterhouse six miles from Bath. It follows on from the acquisition of the nearby 32-room Bishopstrow House hotel near Warminster. Homewood Park Hotel was acquired from the von Essen administrators, Ernst & Young, for an undisclosed sum.

Homewood Park is set in 10 acres of parkland and award winning gardens with gorgeous views over of the beautiful Limpley Stoke valley. Although the main part of the building is Georgian with some Victorian additions the original foundations of the building date back to the thirteenth century.

Gerald Eve leisure partner Will Kirkpatrick who acted for Longleat said: “Homewood Park is ideally placed for Longleat House and Safari Park. It is a fine and welcoming country house hotel incorporating a new spa facility. Like the Bishopstrow House purchase this hotel purchase represents Longleat’s broader business plan to expand the appeal of the house and safari park for longer stay visits and broaden commercial opportunities by being an attractive destination for leisure and professional guests by benefiting from the close vicinity to Bath.”

Administrators were appointed earlier this year and are in the process of disposing of  von Essen’s 31 hotel portfolio.  The portfolio includes a number of iconic hotels such Cliveden in Berkshire and the Royal Crescent in Bath.