Offers flooding in for historic County Durham hotel

Last month Whitworth Hall near Spennymoor fell into administration, since then, offers have been flooding in to buy the historic ancestral home

Whitworth Hall Hotel, in Spennymoor, County Durham
Whitworth Hall Hotel, in Spennymoor, County Durham

Buyers are fighting it out to take over an ancestral home in County Durham.

As reported in the Journal, Whitworth Hall near Spennymoor, fell into administration last month.

The announcement left brides and grooms-to-be uncertain whether weddings would go ahead.

But since then, the administrators dealing with the sale of the hall said they have had over 30 inquiries, and are confident a sale will be agreed soon.

Joint administrator Andrew Haslam said: “This well-known hotel is a viable business and we have been confident from the start that we will be able to quickly find a buyer. We’re pleased to report we’ve already received a strong interest in the business from a number of serious potential purchasers.”

Final offers will be taken today.

“We hope that a sale will then be completed swiftly to provide the best return for creditors and a more secure future for the hotel, its staff and customers.

“We’re happy to operate the business as a going concern while it is marketed.”

The temporary owners of the building have assured guests and future married couples the hotel will remain open as usual.

Customers are advised to contact the hotel direct on 01388 811772 to enquire about future bookings.

Mr Haslam, of Begbies Traynor, added: “We have already successfully hosted two weddings in the last two weeks and are guaranteeing that all events booked up to Christmas will run as normal.”

The building is the former ancestral home of 18th century Durham MP Bobby Shafto and has its own deer park.

The 29-bedroom hotel Best Western struggled during the economic downturn, despite being a popular choice for weddings and functions.

It is said the hotel ran into financial difficulties following the death of managing director Alan Lax in the summer and administrators were brought in.

Begbies Traynor instructed Colliers International in Leeds as their agents and anyone interested in buying the hotel should contact Peter Bean on 0113 200 1890.

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