Coaching Inn Group acquires Herefordshire hotel as part of £50m expansion programme

The Feathers Hotel in Ledbury, Herefordshire through Christie & Co to the Coaching Inn Group as part of a £50m expansion programme. The acquisition takes the group to 14 sites and more than 400 bedrooms.

The 21-bedroom hotel on the market town’s High Street had been owned by the Elliston family for more than 40 years and has been operating as a hotel since 1564. The Tudor-era building features a brasserie with a hop-clad ceiling and a 60 cover restaurant that also acts as an events space.

Kevin Charity of Coaching Inn Group commented, “We’re delighted to have acquired The Feathers Hotel. It’s a great example of the attributes we look for in our properties – a busy market town location and a business that appeals to local people as well as discerning visitors and tourists. The property also benefits from a passionate team and we look forward to welcoming them into the group. The past 12 months have seen us invest more than £4m to refurbish our properties and this latest acquisition, part of our £50m expansion plan, puts us on track to have 25 properties in the next two years.”

The Coaching Inn Group is backed by the Business Growth Fund, which has invested £15m since March 2015 to support the company’s expansion.

Matthew Smith, Director of Christie & Co's Bristol office, commented, 'This sale further demonstrates the number of buyers seeking quality hotel businesses who have the financial ability to deliver. The Feathers Hotel is an obvious addition to their growing portfolio, and we wish Kevin and his team all the success in this exciting phase for the hotel.”