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Kitley House Hotel Ltd goes into adminstration

By NeilShaw  |  Posted: August 02, 2012

Kitley House Hotel

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Kitley House Hotel Ltd which traded from Kitley House in Yealmpton near Plymouth in South Devon, has gone into administration. Ian Walker & Christopher Norman from Begbies Traynor have been appointed as administrators.

The hotel is a listed Grade One building over 500 years old, and features in many famous historical works on English Country Houses. It has been adapted to offer guest accommodation, and its gardens, which are popular with walkers, are classified as a Devon County Wildlife Site in the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Kitley House has developed a niche over the past few years as a popular venue for weddings and other celebrations, including themed weekends, and as a base for exploring the South Hams, Plymouth and the rest of the West Country.

It has however suffered greatly from the downturn in the leisure industry which is being widely experienced in Devon and Cornwall. The Administrators will continue to trade the hotel as a going concern, working to find a buyer for the business and save around 40 jobs. Customers who have paid deposits are recommended to contact the hotel direct, who will endeavour to honour all bookings.

Andrew Huckerby, General Manager and Director of the new Kitley House operating company Peninsular Hospitality Hotels Ltd said: "Whilst the current status of the hotel is obviously unsettling for customers and staff alike, tremendous effort has been expended to ensure that the business continues to operate to its consistently high standards of service delivery with its existing team."

Ian Walker, Partner at Begbies Traynor, added, “This is a fine hotel with a great deal of potential as well as a good reputation in the luxury hotel market. We will be working extremely hard to find a buyer for the business so that it can continue to serve guests and contribute to the south west’s economy.”

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  • madmax64  |  August 03 2012, 7:50PM

    The feedback ive had on the food there was very poor.

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  • PL7Mafia  |  August 03 2012, 4:19PM

    fittedup: A friend of mine has a wedding booked there in a couple of months. Upon calling the administrators they were told that they couldn't guarantee the date.

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  • fittedup  |  August 03 2012, 2:25PM

    The weddings that are booked will be Ok - this is administration and not liquidation or bankruptcy! Kitely is a wonderful hotel in an outstanding venue with fantastic, dedicated and loyal staff. I had my wedding there and it was faultless, living up to all my very high expectations, and providing my husband and me with the day we had dreamed of. I have no doubts that a suitable buyer will come forward to ensure that this wonderful venue will continue and go from strength to strength

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  • MonkeyMagic  |  August 03 2012, 11:15AM

    What a shame - loved the Ultimate cream teas. Great place for a lunch as well. Hope for the sake of the staff a buyer can be found. Of course the owner will be OK - wasn't he one of the ex Argle leeches (sorry directors)?

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  • LipsonLinda  |  August 02 2012, 11:58PM

    Sad to hear about this. The last few meals I've had there have been fabulous! Hope it can keep going.

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  • ChezGuevara  |  August 02 2012, 11:22PM

    Nice student flats!! We need some more in Plymouth and the surrounding area.

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  • BS_Hater  |  August 02 2012, 10:29PM

    Here come the luxury apartments...........

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  • Cat_lover21  |  August 02 2012, 4:41PM

    I nearly booked my wedding at Kitley, so glad i didn't but feel for all who did :(

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  • Dan_Spartan  |  August 02 2012, 3:40PM

    That is a shame, I hope the ex owners are ok.

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