A LUXURY four-star hotel near Chaddesley Corbett is under new owners after more than 30 years.
Stone Manor, which is a 1920s Tudor-style property and employs 120 people, will now be run by Helena and Andy Hogarth and be renamed Hogarths Stone Manor.
The move comes after Charles Wilfred Dunn, who bought the venue in 1984, felt at the age of 86 it was time to enjoy his retirement.
He said: “I bought the hotel from Franco D’anielo in 1984 and since then we have developed and extended the country house hotel into the beautiful and imposing property it is today.
“Stone Manor Hotel has always been part of the local area and it is also known by many people far and wide who have visited over the years.”
He added he was glad the hotel was in the care of a family which would continue the traditions of the last 30 years and make improvements to it. And he wished Helena, Andy and their team all the success and happiness for the future.
Helena and Andy already own another four-star hotel – Hogarths Hotel and Restaurant – in Dorridge which the pair have transformed into a top venue.
Hogarths is a thriving hotel which has four AA stars, its first AA rosette and the Hotel Restaurant of the Year prize in the Midlands category at the 2014 Food Awards England and Wales.
Helena Hogarth, who used to visit the Stone Manor Hotel as a child, said she was looking forward to developing the venue over the coming years.
“I remember my grandfather bringing me to the Stone Manor Hotel for tea when I was younger with my family and when we discovered it was for sale, we thought it was ideal as a second hotel.”
Work will now start on product improvements in some of the 56 bedrooms, public areas, conference suites and the Fields Restaurant which has an AA Rosette.
Among the plans are to develop the bedrooms, conference and function suites and 25 acres of landscaped gardens, the pair are hoping to encourage more weddings, conferences and restaurant bookings.