Howwood based hotel operator Manorview Group has added the 11th venue to their collection with the acquisition of Bothwell Bridge Hotel in Bothwell, South Lanarkshire.
The 90-bedroom hotel with dining, wedding and function facilities was initially known as The Clyde Hotel, with the building dating back to the early 19th century. The Martalo family then purchased the hotel in 1980, and now 42 years later, Manorview Group are to be the new custodians of this iconic venue.
Steve Graham, Founder & Director of Manorview said: “We look forward to taking the baton from the Martalo family and continuing the legacy and story of this wonderful hotel and historic property. We take great pride in our properties, and this will be no different.”
Manorview will continue to operate the hotel as is, honouring all existing bookings and ensuring wedding couples enjoy their day as already planned and agreed. But they also plan to invest heavily in the property in the near future.
Steve continued: “Opportunities to acquire properties of this kind don’t come along often, so we are delighted to be bringing Bothwell Bridge into the Manorview collection. Like many of our venues, the building itself has fantastic character and quality, and offers so much potential for the future.
“While our initial focus will be on getting to know the business better, looking after customers, and supporting the existing team, we fully intend to invest heavily in the interior and exterior of the venue in the coming years. This is something we’ve done on varying levels with every venue we’ve acquired since our inception in 2006. Breathing fresh life into historic buildings is something we’re very passionate about.”
The eleventh venue in Manorview’s collection will add 50% to the group’s bedroom capacity, something the business was keen to invest in.
David Tracey, Manorview’s Managing Director said; “Scotland has so much to offer national and international guests and adding 90 bedrooms to our capacity will ensure that as a group we can host even more visitors.
“The venue mirrors the model of many of our other hotels and we look forward to bringing our learnings from other properties to the table, as well as fully understanding where Bothwell Bridge sits in the market, to give future guests the best possible experience.”
Manorview are always open-minded to growth opportunities – but driving improvement in the hospitality industry and looking after their team is also of critical importance and something the Scottish group are always trying to get better at.
In autumn 2021, the group became Living Wage accredited. This accreditation is only given to businesses who voluntarily pay the real Living Wage rate (£9.90 per hour) to their team – a rate which is up to £5.09 more per hour than the government’s national minimum wage. As a result, team members who currently work at Bothwell Bridge or who join in the future, will be guaranteed to be paid this rate at the minimum. Manorview also created Heartcount – a profit share scheme whereby 10% of net profits are shared with everyone in the business who has worked there for 12+ months.
The sale of Bothwell Bridge Hotel to Manorview Group has already concluded. The team will be contacting wedding couples and event bookings to reassure them this will go ahead as planned. Any guests who have booked a hotel stay or restaurant reservation should visit as planned, as their previous booking will be honoured.
Armando Cirignaco, former General Manager of Bothwell Bridge Hotel, said: “The Martalo family is proud to have served the Bothwell community for more than four decades and, as we pass the reins to Manorview, we know we are leaving the business we have built in excellent hands with another family firm. We would like to thank the local community for their custom and loyalty and we wish the new operators every success.”
Photos: Bothwell Bridge Hotel in Bothwell, South Lanarkshire
Photo Credit: Manorview Group