Issa brothers buy Stanley House

Stanley House Hotel & Spa in Mellor has been acquired by Monte Hotels, a company owned by Euro Garages founders Mohsin and Zuber Issa.

The venue was opened in 2004 by the late Fred Walker, co-founder of Walker Steel. It consists of 30 bedrooms, restaurant and a luxury spa, sitting in 54 acres. It currently employs 85 staff, whose jobs have now all been secured.

Mohsin and Zuber Issa originally acquired the land and property assets of the hotel from Leehand Leisure in October 2019. This latest deal sees them take on the operating business.

The current Stanley House directors will oversee the day to day operations until September 30, with Monte Hotels taking full operational control from October 1. Business will carry on as usual up to and beyond the change of hands, and the hotel is taking bookings beyond the end of September.

Mohsin and Zuber Issa, founders of Monte Hotels and EG group, said: "Stanley House is a premier destination for those visiting the area and locals accessing the world class renowned facilities. This is testament to the outstanding team assembled and the services developed over the years. Everyone associated with the hotel’s journey and story should be proud.

We’re incredibly excited about the potential Stanley House presents

"We’re incredibly excited about the potential Stanley House presents, and we look forward to sharing our investment plans in the coming months."

Simon Glassbrook, a director of Leehand Leisure, said: “It’s been a wonderful journey and we have helped create thousands of unforgettable memories for our guests. It’s the start of an exciting new era.

“When we opened our doors in 2004, we changed the landscape of the Ribble Valley hotel market. If you look at the sector now, the area has a wonderful range of top-quality venues and I would like to think we have played a part in raising the bar and growing the local market.

“It’s fantastic that jobs have been secured. Our talented teams will ensure the hotel operation has a smooth transition to the new owners. We wish the Issa family every success in this new venture.”

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