The Signet Collection has appointed Vincent Freulon as General Manager of its second hotel, The Retreat at Elcot Park.
Housed in a Grade II listed 18-century building, The Retreat is due to open in West Berkshire this April, with the website and booking launching today. The property follows in the successful footsteps of sister property The Mitre in Hampton Court.
Born in Le Mans, Vincent spent much of his childhood helping his father on a vineyard in the south of France, which is where he developed a passion for wine and hospitality. After excelling at catering college, he moved to England to undertake various hospitality roles at renowned sporting establishments such as the Royal Windsor Racecourse, Hampshire Cricket Club and the Arena Racing Club. Most notably, he was the Catering and Operations Manager at Chelsea F.C. where he was responsible for overseeing the successful launch of three stadiums.
In his new role, Vincent will lead the opening of The Retreat which will comprise 55 individually styled bedrooms alongside magnificent grounds, combining quirky British sensibility, blending the old with the new. With a strong background in food and beverage, Vincent is well equipped to lead the array of innovative culinary options at the hotel, whilst also providing guests with enriching experiences and a wide range of facilities including an outdoor infinity pool, Health Club, tennis courts, croquet lawn and landscaped gardens.
“I’m thrilled to be welcoming Vincent to helm the team at our second property, The Retreat at Elcot Park,” comments Hector Ross, Managing Partner. “Vincent is an accomplished and dynamic leader who has a proven track record in hospitality. His previous experience, coupled with his dedication and passion, brings an exciting perspective to The Retreat, and he will be a valuable asset to ensure it follows in the footsteps of The Mitre’s success.”
Vincent Freulon adds: “It is a privilege to be leading the team at this very special historical hotel. Having followed it closely, I have been a big admirer of The Mitre’s unique style and impeccable service and look forward to bringing this to The Retreat, alongside outstanding locally sourced cuisine, and a vast array of countryside activities. For me, The Retreat has all the ingredients of the perfect country house hotel, and I can’t wait to put it on the map as a destination in its own right.”