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The Hilton Cobham recently completed a substantial renovation, focusing on its restaurant, bar, and guest rooms. The Seven Hills bar and restaurant now boasts a vibrant dining concept transitioning from breakfast buffets to evening comfort foods. With 158 pet-friendly rooms and 12 flexible event spaces, the hotel offers modern amenities such as contactless check-in and smart TVs. General Manager Richard Hopton expressed excitement about the revamped hotel, emphasising its commitment to guest satisfaction.

Southport Garrick Theatre is set to undergo a transformation into a hotel, spa, and performance space. The approved plan includes residential units, a 109-room hotel with a rooftop pool, commercial units, and a refurbished event auditorium. The historic theatre, built in 1932, will return to its original use, preserving its architectural heritage while revitalising the surrounding area.

The St. Andrews Town Hotel in Worcestershire was sold to an undisclosed buyer for an undisclosed amount. The Grade II listed hotel, featuring 31 contemporary rooms and elegant event spaces, sits on a 1.6-acre plot near scenic attractions. The new owner, Khurshid Anwar, aims to restore the hotel’s former glory, supported by hotel broker Sam Roberts.

Carlowrie Castle achieved a significant milestone by becoming the world’s first castle to receive B Corp Certification. Owned by entrepreneur Andrew Marshall, the castle demonstrated its commitment to social and environmental responsibility through various initiatives, including a charity providing meals to the homeless and hosting community events. Marshall emphasised the importance of prioritising people and the planet alongside profit, echoing the sentiments of B Lab UK’s Chris Turner, who praised Carlowrie Castle’s dedication to doing business differently.


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