Boy Hall in Ashford, Kent, has named Tim Batchelor as its first general manager, as the establishment endeavors to enhance its wellness and accommodation services amid plans for expansion.
The nine-bedroom manor house hotel, housed within a 17th-century Grade II-listed building, was launched in the summer of 2022 by the husband and wife duo, Brad and Kristie Lomas.
Before Batchelor assumed the role, Brad was responsible for overseeing the hotel's management.
Batchelor comes to Boys Hall from the Pig Hotels, where he spent the last eight years in a leadership role, primarily in the bar. In his new position, he will collaborate closely with Boys Hall's head chef, Charlie Dilworth, as the hotel gears up for 'some exciting new changes' later in the year.
The two-AA-rosette hotel is poised to expand its accommodations by doubling the number with the addition of nine new bedroom huts in the garden. Additionally, it plans to introduce a wilderness spa featuring a treatment hut, sauna, hot tub, and plunge pool.
Moreover, there are intentions to convert the old stable into an antiques barn, and the addition of a workshop space and outdoor kitchen is in the works for hosting alfresco events and floristry classes.
Batchelor said: 'I am thrilled to join such a passionate team at Boys Hall and look forward to heading up this exciting new chapter for the hotel. Boys Hall has already been recognised for so many prestigious awards, I hope to be able to uphold its many wonderful achievements.'