Employees and guests face uncertainty as hotel goes into liquidation

Repossession: The New Bath Hotel in Matlock Bath, which has been repossessed and closed to all guests and functions with immediate effect.
Repossession: The New Bath Hotel in Matlock Bath, which has been repossessed and closed to all guests and functions with immediate effect.

The New Bath Hotel unexpectedly closed this week leaving its employees and potential guests with an uncertain future.

On Monday, July 9, a repossession order was placed on the property after its owners, Albermarle Hotels (No.2) Limited, went into liquidation.

The 18th Century hotel – set within five acres of gardens – is now up for sale at £2,500,000.

An employee, who wishes to remain nameless, said: “We hadn’t heard anything about the hotel closing until Monday morning when the bailiffs turned up. When they arrived they got everyone out of the hotel and began the process of clearing it out.”

With no explanations and no assurances for the future, staff left the site and continue to wait for information on whether they will be paid up to date.

It is not only the hotel’s employees with concerns, though.

A member of the public, who contacted the Mercury but wished to remain nameless, explained how a wedding party found out about the closure.

“One of the guests called to check their booking and was informed by a security guard that the hotel was closed,” they said.

With the hire costs of £2,500 and room fees of around £150, wedding parties appear to have been saddled with an expensive bill.

The caller added: “All hotel bookings have been cancelled and the wedding parties that are booked in have not been told about the closure.”

The Mercury tried to contact the liquidators that are overseeing the closure but they were unavailable for comment.

However, there is a notice on the door of the hotel which explains that the property has been ‘repossessed by the freehold owner’ and that the ‘locks to the premises have been changed’.

The notice advises people with bookings, reservations or queries to call Mr Lane Bednash on 020 7831 2626 for more information. However, when the Mercury tried to call, no-one was available to speak to.