The Star & Garter Hotel in Linlithgow, affectionately known to locals as, ‘The Star’ has become the latest addition to the Manorview family.
The iconic hotel has been the heart of the historic West Lothian town for more than 250 years. In 2010 it was devastated by a fire which left it a dilapidated shell.
After lying derelict for more than two years, local businessmen, Ross Wilkie and David Kennedy, restored the building and The Star & Garter reopened its doors in 2013.
Ross, David and fellow director John Ward, agreed to sell the business, following an approach from Manorview, in order to see the hotel developed to its full potential under new owners.
Now the Manorview Hotel & Leisure Group have added The Star & Garter to their portfolio which includes eight boutique hotels. The group, who have a reputation for identifying, developing and enhancing classic properties, are confident that they can make the Star really shine.
The stately, three storey, Georgian mansion currently boasts five bedrooms, bar, restaurant, function room, coffee shop and courtyard and it remains home to Krafty Brew.
It’s business as usual for The Star & Garter, while the Manorview Group get to know the building, its staff of 45, and its customers. The Manorview team knows the hotel is a renowned institution at the heart of the local community, so any changes will be carefully considered, including details of a planned six-figure refurbishment to the bar and restaurant in Spring 2017.
The Manorview Group was founded as a family business by Steve Graham in 2007. His niece Fallon Cowley, Group Operations Director said, “This is an exciting acquisition for us. The Star & Garter occupies an excellent central location in the historical town of Linlithgow and has a fascinating background. It’s a much-loved hub of the town and we’re looking forward to becoming part of the community.”