Tudor Hopkins has been operating in the hotels section for many years with an impressive CV which includes training at the Connaught and Grosvenor hotels in London followed by operating the Place at the Beach in Camber in East Sussex, the Gallivant in Camber and the Leonard hotel in Marble Arch.
The Old Manor is Tudor’s first foray into the West Country since working in a Bristol cocktail bar during his twenties.
He said: “We have family in Bath and I lived and worked in Bristol so taking over the Old Manor is very much a return to my roots.” Specialising in the refurbishment and re-launch of hotels, Tudor feels the Old Manor needs a little TLC rather than the JCB.
He said: “This is a wonderful 500 year old manor house with amazing potential. It’s just in need of a good shake.” Dating back to the mid 1600s, the hotel itself is a mixture of old and new. The rooms include four posters, small and interesting and large and spacious.
Mentioned in the Domesday Book as being part of the Abbess of Glastonbury’s estate, the present Manor House was originally built in classic Queen Anne style before being modified. There is plenty of old world charm with oak doors low ceilings fireplaces and impressive part-panelled reception rooms.
Tudor Hopkins said the small scale refurbishment planned would include removing non-original features to return the Old Manor to its Tudor/Stewart splendour. Wife Lucy will design and supervise the new look and help steer the hotel toward the thriving wedding and conference market.
Colliers International Hotels director Simon Wells said: “The Old Manor is well-placed for both commercial and leisure trade with Bath and Bradford on Avon nearby.
“There is a good catchment for Tudor’s food and beverage offering and the Old Manor ticks all the boxes as a wedding and function venue.” There are 21 letting bedrooms to sleep 42 (21 doubles or twins including four four poster beds.
All enquiries should be directed to Simon Wells, Hotels Director, Colliers International on 0117 917 2000.