Telford College sells The Telford Whitehouse Hotel to experienced hotelier

14 January 2020

Knight Frank has advised Telford College on the sale of the Telford Whitehouse Hotel, to experienced hotelier Mr Raj Handa from R & A Hotels Group.

The hotel is comprised of two parts, with lot one being the freehold for the 90-bedroom hotel which has completed to Mr Handa from R & A Hotels Group. Lot two, for which Knight Frank is also the sole selling agent, is held on a 999-year lease for the hotel’s ground floor gym and spa and its first-floor restaurant and conferencing facilities for up to 400 delegates.

Adjoining Telford Football Club, the property is located three miles west of Telford town centre, while Wellington town centre is approximately one mile north west.

Matthew Smith, Partner in the Knight Frank Hotels team, commented: “We have received considerable interest from investors attracted by the limited-service offering for the 90-bedroom purpose-built accommodation block. R & A Hotels have an experienced management team with an emphasis on room-led hotel operations, for which this opportunity fits perfectly into the growing portfolio. Mr Handa currently owns 3 hotels across the North West and has exciting plans to further develop the trading performance targeting the corporate and private leisure markets. Under his stewardship we have no doubt the business will continue to go from strength to strength”

Mr Handa of R & A Hotels added: “Telford is a great acquisition for us. The limited service aspect of the business allows our management team to focus on delivering good quality accommodation, whilst driving costs.

“Its central location allows the trade to be developed to business travellers, and the proximity to both the Ironbridge and the Wreakin opens the market to leisure guests.

“We are extremely honoured to be involved in this vibrant community and hope to grow the business, and are looking forward to exciting times.”

The hotel was sold for £2.5 million.

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