New owners complete buy of The Wiltshire

Wednesday, 6th March 2013

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Three couples, including a convention centre manager and a PGA golf professional, have completed the acquisition of The Wiltshire Hotel Golf and Country Club.

The 200-acre property comprises of a 58-bedroom hotel, leisure centre, function facilities and golf courses. It has been sold off a guide price of £3.5m by tycoon Eddy Shah. The property was marketed by Savills.

The new owners are Andrew and Ciné Dunkley, Julia and Nigel Dunkley and Haydn and Mandy Barrell.

Andrew Dunkley was previously managing director at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, South Africa where Ciné Dunkley and Mandy Barrell also worked. Nigel Dunkley has more than 20 years experience in financial services, Haydn Barrell is a British qualified PGA golf professional and Julia Dunkley has been running a health business for the past four years.

Andrew Dunkley said: “Our plan for the business is to start realising the potential, as we feel the complex requires fresh ideas and further investment. We want to value our members and make The Wiltshire a club they want to visit and also improve the service for our hotel guests – the present situation needs to be changed to one of member/customer focus.

“Obviously as the business grows, even more jobs will be created; one of the things we are passionate about is customer service – and without the correct staffing levels this is very difficult to achieve. The Wiltshire presents us with a fantastic opportunity and we are enthusiastic about the road ahead.”

Tim Lerwill, director of corporate services at Old Mill, and Victoria Studley, director of tax planning, provided the lead advice to three couples on the acquisition.

Studley said: “With years of finance, hospitality, health and leisure experience between them, these six individuals have all the bases covered and I am confident they can significantly improve what The Wiltshire has to offer.”

The course was originally designed by championship golfers Clive Clark and Peter Alliss.


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