Specialists sign deal to run Highbullen ‘golf resort’

THE owners of the Highbullen Hotel and Country Club have appointed an hotel management company to run the business.

Last month the Chittlehamholt hotel went on the market for a guide price of £3.75 million and Warwickshire-based Legacy Hotels and Resorts has signed a deal to operate it and prepare it for its eventual sale.

The 40 staff will be retained at the renamed Legacy Highbullen Hotel and Resort, being marketed by the company as a ‘golf resort’.

The 220-acre 32-bedroom hotel boasts an 18-hole golf course, gym, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and indoor and outdoor tennis courts plus a bowling alley.

Andy Townsend, chief executive officer of Legacy Hotels and Resorts, said he was delighted to be operating and managing the company’s first resort in Devon.

He said: “The resort has recently been put on the market for sale and we have agreed a contract to run it for the hotel’s current owners, improve the operations and performance while preparing it for an eventual sale.

“We have an established track record of developing hotels which are under-performing for one reason or another and there is no doubt we can make our mark on this destination venue.

“This is a beautiful part of the country and this great country house hotel is nestled between Dartmoor and Exeter.

“With its extensive facilities it can once again become a magnet for business and leisure visitors from all over the UK.

“I am confident we can gain some momentum during our time at the helm of the business having already increased forecast occupancy year on year for the summer months in excess of 24 per cent, which has to be good both for the operation but also the local community within which the resort operates.”