Egerton House Hotel to close with loss of 25 jobs

The Bolton News: Egerton House Hotel which will close at the end of January, and below, the wedding suite Egerton House Hotel which will close at the end of January, and below, the wedding suite

A LANDMARK hotel known best for its weddings, family parties and business events is to close with the loss of 25 jobs.

Staff at the Macdonald-owned Egerton House have been given notice and told it will cease trading at the end of January.

Eight weddings were scheduled to take place at the hotel in Blackburn Road.

The couples have been informed of the planned closure with weddings being arranged elsewhere, according to a Macdonald spokesman.

The spokesman added: “We can confirm that Egerton House (Bolton) Ltd will cease trading early in 2014.

“The hotel now requires substantial capital investment and before embarking on this we wish to explore the possibility of alternative uses for the site, including residential.

“As a result, we have entered into a period of consultation with all staff.

“Unfortunately, this will result in the loss of up to 25 full and part-time jobs. As a priority we are also in contact with all customers who have outstanding reservations at the hotel.

"All eight couples who had weddings booked have already had alternative arrangements made for them. Obviously, any job losses are most regrettable.

“We also completely understand the inconvenience this will cause and we have made contact with all customers with outstanding reservations at Egerton House and we are doing everything possible to support them in finding alternative arrangements.”

Macdonald took over ownership of the 29-room hotel from owner Jan Hampton — who had acquired it in 2003 — in October 2010. Ms Hampton continued to run the hotel but left in November 2012.

Ms Hampton said: “I am extremely upset, after hearing about the pending closure.

“I put 10 years of my life into that hotel and it is such a shame. Although the hotel changed ownership in 2010 I still have shares in it and I am still a director.”

Egerton House is a 200-year-old Victorian building with period features and has an adjacent barn-type building used for functions, including business events.

Karen Tems, director of the Bolton and Bury Business Network, said: “We have used Egerton House for several events and the manager David McGhie and his staff always went out of their way to make sure they ran smoothly and efficiently. I am very sorry to hear this news.”

History of Egerton House

  • Egerton House Hotel dates from around 1860.
  • Before becoming a hotel the building was owned by a local businessman who had made his fortune in the mills.
  • Its grounds form part of Egerton Conservation Area.
  • In 1979 its owners extended the hotel’s restaurant.
  • A two-storey extension was built in 1982 adding 16 more rooms and a residential lounge to the hotel.
  • The success of the business led to further expansion in 1996 with a smart function suite for 70 people.

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8:27am Tue 7 Jan 14

Roadrunner1949 says...

Quite sad that Egerton House is closing. A sign of the times.
Quite sad that Egerton House is closing. A sign of the times. Roadrunner1949

9:13am Tue 7 Jan 14

wsw69 says...

Sad to hear this. It's a lovely place in a lovely area.

And by the way Mr 'Reporter', It's NOT 200 years old, it's 154 years old. For Christs sake, get simple arithmetic facts correct!!!

According to a Macdonald spokesman “We can confirm that Egerton House (Bolton) Ltd will cease trading early in 2014. The hotel now requires substantial capital investment and before embarking on this we wish to explore the possibility of alternative uses for the site, including residential".

Exactly what is wrong with this country. They want to cream it without investment and have done so. Basically now some maintenance needs doing to the place it's best to get shut.
Sad to hear this. It's a lovely place in a lovely area. And by the way Mr 'Reporter', It's NOT 200 years old, it's 154 years old. For Christs sake, get simple arithmetic facts correct!!! According to a Macdonald spokesman “We can confirm that Egerton House (Bolton) Ltd will cease trading early in 2014. The hotel now requires substantial capital investment and before embarking on this we wish to explore the possibility of alternative uses for the site, including residential". Exactly what is wrong with this country. They want to cream it without investment and have done so. Basically now some maintenance needs doing to the place it's best to get shut. wsw69

10:30am Tue 7 Jan 14

Kayj21 says...

We found out on Saturday that they were closing. We got married there on that day. Such disappointing news as the location, gardens, barn etc is something you don't see a lot off in Bolton. Sure inside the hotel just needs some TLC. A few small fixes here and there, replace shower heads (and they are not expensive) and a deep clean is all that's needed. Considering the staff were finding out on that day, they didn't let it show during our wedding. Anything ourselves and guests wanted or needed they did. They were lovely and always had a smile on their face. We cannot thank them enough for making our day special. And we saw a photo from our photo booth with the staff in having fun, loved it, made us chuckle. If they were not closing I would have strongly recommended this place to future brides. Our day went without a hitch and nothing was too much. I really hope someone does take over this place and to continue trading as a wonderful venue.
We found out on Saturday that they were closing. We got married there on that day. Such disappointing news as the location, gardens, barn etc is something you don't see a lot off in Bolton. Sure inside the hotel just needs some TLC. A few small fixes here and there, replace shower heads (and they are not expensive) and a deep clean is all that's needed. Considering the staff were finding out on that day, they didn't let it show during our wedding. Anything ourselves and guests wanted or needed they did. They were lovely and always had a smile on their face. We cannot thank them enough for making our day special. And we saw a photo from our photo booth with the staff in having fun, loved it, made us chuckle. If they were not closing I would have strongly recommended this place to future brides. Our day went without a hitch and nothing was too much. I really hope someone does take over this place and to continue trading as a wonderful venue. Kayj21

10:33am Tue 7 Jan 14

MissPeg says...

wsw69 wrote:
Sad to hear this. It's a lovely place in a lovely area.

And by the way Mr 'Reporter', It's NOT 200 years old, it's 154 years old. For Christs sake, get simple arithmetic facts correct!!!

According to a Macdonald spokesman “We can confirm that Egerton House (Bolton) Ltd will cease trading early in 2014. The hotel now requires substantial capital investment and before embarking on this we wish to explore the possibility of alternative uses for the site, including residential".

Exactly what is wrong with this country. They want to cream it without investment and have done so. Basically now some maintenance needs doing to the place it's best to get shut.
Egerton House HOTEL opened in 1860. The building itself, as the article states, is older still.

From a buisness perspective, having to do maintenance on a two hundred year old property is probably more costly than your average newer build. Is it so wrong for a company to make a business decision not to commit to the property?

Yes, it's sad that this hotel is closing. But you never know what is to happen next; maybe someone will buy it and reopen it as the hotel it's *almost* always been.
[quote][p][bold]wsw69[/bold] wrote: Sad to hear this. It's a lovely place in a lovely area. And by the way Mr 'Reporter', It's NOT 200 years old, it's 154 years old. For Christs sake, get simple arithmetic facts correct!!! According to a Macdonald spokesman “We can confirm that Egerton House (Bolton) Ltd will cease trading early in 2014. The hotel now requires substantial capital investment and before embarking on this we wish to explore the possibility of alternative uses for the site, including residential". Exactly what is wrong with this country. They want to cream it without investment and have done so. Basically now some maintenance needs doing to the place it's best to get shut.[/p][/quote]Egerton House HOTEL opened in 1860. The building itself, as the article states, is older still. From a buisness perspective, having to do maintenance on a two hundred year old property is probably more costly than your average newer build. Is it so wrong for a company to make a business decision not to commit to the property? Yes, it's sad that this hotel is closing. But you never know what is to happen next; maybe someone will buy it and reopen it as the hotel it's *almost* always been. MissPeg

10:35am Tue 7 Jan 14

MissPeg says...

Kayj21 wrote:
We found out on Saturday that they were closing. We got married there on that day. Such disappointing news as the location, gardens, barn etc is something you don't see a lot off in Bolton. Sure inside the hotel just needs some TLC. A few small fixes here and there, replace shower heads (and they are not expensive) and a deep clean is all that's needed. Considering the staff were finding out on that day, they didn't let it show during our wedding. Anything ourselves and guests wanted or needed they did. They were lovely and always had a smile on their face. We cannot thank them enough for making our day special. And we saw a photo from our photo booth with the staff in having fun, loved it, made us chuckle. If they were not closing I would have strongly recommended this place to future brides. Our day went without a hitch and nothing was too much. I really hope someone does take over this place and to continue trading as a wonderful venue.
I'm glad your wedding went without any issues considering the news.

Whether the building looks relatively okay inside or not, parts of the hotel are very old. We don't really know what level of maintenance they may be needing.
[quote][p][bold]Kayj21[/bold] wrote: We found out on Saturday that they were closing. We got married there on that day. Such disappointing news as the location, gardens, barn etc is something you don't see a lot off in Bolton. Sure inside the hotel just needs some TLC. A few small fixes here and there, replace shower heads (and they are not expensive) and a deep clean is all that's needed. Considering the staff were finding out on that day, they didn't let it show during our wedding. Anything ourselves and guests wanted or needed they did. They were lovely and always had a smile on their face. We cannot thank them enough for making our day special. And we saw a photo from our photo booth with the staff in having fun, loved it, made us chuckle. If they were not closing I would have strongly recommended this place to future brides. Our day went without a hitch and nothing was too much. I really hope someone does take over this place and to continue trading as a wonderful venue.[/p][/quote]I'm glad your wedding went without any issues considering the news. Whether the building looks relatively okay inside or not, parts of the hotel are very old. We don't really know what level of maintenance they may be needing. MissPeg

10:41am Tue 7 Jan 14

BWFC71 says...

MissPeg wrote:
Kayj21 wrote:
We found out on Saturday that they were closing. We got married there on that day. Such disappointing news as the location, gardens, barn etc is something you don't see a lot off in Bolton. Sure inside the hotel just needs some TLC. A few small fixes here and there, replace shower heads (and they are not expensive) and a deep clean is all that's needed. Considering the staff were finding out on that day, they didn't let it show during our wedding. Anything ourselves and guests wanted or needed they did. They were lovely and always had a smile on their face. We cannot thank them enough for making our day special. And we saw a photo from our photo booth with the staff in having fun, loved it, made us chuckle. If they were not closing I would have strongly recommended this place to future brides. Our day went without a hitch and nothing was too much. I really hope someone does take over this place and to continue trading as a wonderful venue.
I'm glad your wedding went without any issues considering the news.

Whether the building looks relatively okay inside or not, parts of the hotel are very old. We don't really know what level of maintenance they may be needing.
Assuming that it has been well cared for - which considering health and standard issues over the last 20 years and thee star rating it currently has then yes it has been well cared for then, to be fair, not much maintenance would be required and only a goo deep clean would be needed.

It seems to me that MacDonald hotels have a prime piece of land and know that its investable to sell as land, rather than an on-going concern! More money = more profits = bigger dividend for shareholders!!!
[quote][p][bold]MissPeg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kayj21[/bold] wrote: We found out on Saturday that they were closing. We got married there on that day. Such disappointing news as the location, gardens, barn etc is something you don't see a lot off in Bolton. Sure inside the hotel just needs some TLC. A few small fixes here and there, replace shower heads (and they are not expensive) and a deep clean is all that's needed. Considering the staff were finding out on that day, they didn't let it show during our wedding. Anything ourselves and guests wanted or needed they did. They were lovely and always had a smile on their face. We cannot thank them enough for making our day special. And we saw a photo from our photo booth with the staff in having fun, loved it, made us chuckle. If they were not closing I would have strongly recommended this place to future brides. Our day went without a hitch and nothing was too much. I really hope someone does take over this place and to continue trading as a wonderful venue.[/p][/quote]I'm glad your wedding went without any issues considering the news. Whether the building looks relatively okay inside or not, parts of the hotel are very old. We don't really know what level of maintenance they may be needing.[/p][/quote]Assuming that it has been well cared for - which considering health and standard issues over the last 20 years and thee star rating it currently has then yes it has been well cared for then, to be fair, not much maintenance would be required and only a goo deep clean would be needed. It seems to me that MacDonald hotels have a prime piece of land and know that its investable to sell as land, rather than an on-going concern! More money = more profits = bigger dividend for shareholders!!! BWFC71

5:27pm Tue 7 Jan 14

boltonchap says...

No surprise this. Standards here have been declining for years. Sad all the same.
No surprise this. Standards here have been declining for years. Sad all the same. boltonchap

7:50pm Tue 7 Jan 14

23262958dutch says...

Very sad to hear of the coming closure of Egerton House. We had our Wedding Reception there on 5th December 1974 after being married across the road at Christ Church Walmsley. We were looking forward to celebrating our Ruby Wedding there in 2014! We will have to have a rethink now!!

23262958A
Very sad to hear of the coming closure of Egerton House. We had our Wedding Reception there on 5th December 1974 after being married across the road at Christ Church Walmsley. We were looking forward to celebrating our Ruby Wedding there in 2014! We will have to have a rethink now!! 23262958A 23262958dutch

8:11pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Mr Crompton says...

A lovely place and the venue of our wedding reception in 2006 which we shared with our family and friends. I am sure that with the right investment and management this place could be a nugget in this modern day of soulless boxes to stop in overnight. I hope someone gives it the chance.
A lovely place and the venue of our wedding reception in 2006 which we shared with our family and friends. I am sure that with the right investment and management this place could be a nugget in this modern day of soulless boxes to stop in overnight. I hope someone gives it the chance. Mr Crompton

8:15pm Tue 7 Jan 14

MalcM59 says...

Basically the owners prefer to make a quick profit by selling it off for housing, rather than invest in the future. Sad but typical of our society today.
Sympathies to those unfortunate people being thrown out of a job.
Basically the owners prefer to make a quick profit by selling it off for housing, rather than invest in the future. Sad but typical of our society today. Sympathies to those unfortunate people being thrown out of a job. MalcM59

8:46am Wed 8 Jan 14

Paul Hindley says...

Pure greed by MacDonald Hotels, they obviously are going to sell to developers, after the mess they made of running the Last Drop Donald MacDonald should hang his head in shame !
Pure greed by MacDonald Hotels, they obviously are going to sell to developers, after the mess they made of running the Last Drop Donald MacDonald should hang his head in shame ! Paul Hindley

4:21pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Boltonian47 says...

Everton House is a lovely house in a lovely setting. There are very few properties with these values in the Bolton area. Surely this property should be a listed building. Don't remove another part of Boltons soul and sacrifice it to the accountants yet again.
Everton House is a lovely house in a lovely setting. There are very few properties with these values in the Bolton area. Surely this property should be a listed building. Don't remove another part of Boltons soul and sacrifice it to the accountants yet again. Boltonian47

4:06pm Fri 10 Jan 14

dizzzydee says...

We were supposed to be having our wedding there, paid the deposit and now are having to look at alternatives. It's funny how the Macdonald chain of hotels is shutting Egerton House but spending £270k renovating Kilhey Court in Wigan!
We were supposed to be having our wedding there, paid the deposit and now are having to look at alternatives. It's funny how the Macdonald chain of hotels is shutting Egerton House but spending £270k renovating Kilhey Court in Wigan! dizzzydee

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