A landmark Northumberland hotel is to get a new lease of life, after been bought by a leading North East leisure operator.
The 27 bedroom Percy Arms Hotel in Otterburn has now been taken over by Duncan Fisher and his award-winning Northumberland leisure company, Newton Hall Northumberland.
The company, which owns Newton Hall and the Joiners’ Arms at Newton-by-the-Sea, is planning to turn the hotel into a striking wedding venue, as well as creating a new village pub.
“We already have 73 employees at Newton-by-the Sea who work at our other sites,” says Duncan, who also heads up The Apartment Group, which owns a range of restaurants and bars across the North East. “And we will be creating a range of new jobs once the work on The Percy Arms is complete, employing completely from the local area as we have done at our other Northumberland venues.”
“We are going to create somewhere unique but with real rustic charm and we are sure everyone will be excited when they see the fantastic plans we have. We know a lot of people in the immediate area were very upset when the hotel closed so hopefully the fact we are going to turn it into a really spectacular location will show our continued commitment to Northumberland.”
The hotel has been closed since 2012 when it went into liquidation and the plan is now to start work almost immediately bringing it up to scratch, with the aim of reopening at the end of the year.
The existing venues in Northumberland have won national acclaim, with Newton Hall winning two national wedding venue awards and The Joiners Arms becoming the first and only coaching inn in the county to be awarded five stars by Visit England.
“Anyone who has visited our other venues knows how high our standards are and they’ll see those same standards at The Percy Arms,” says Duncan. “There is certainly a great deal of interest in the hotel. We have only just taken it over and we’ve already had a number of enquiries for weddings.”