Mercure Blackburn hotel sells for £1.2m

The Mercure Blackburn hotel has been sold from an asking price of £1.2m.

Mercure Blackburn-Nov 2014Acting on behalf of Aviva Life and Pensions UK Ltd, owners of the hotel operated under a franchise agreement by Focus Hotels, the specialist hotels team at real estate advisors Colliers International sold the Mercure to experienced operators Charles and Jean Haigh.

The Haighs – former owners of the Sparth House Hotel at nearby Clayton-le-Moors - will rebrand the Mercure, Foxfields Country Hotel and aim to regain the excellent reputation that the Foxfields Country Hotel used to enjoy.

Charles Haigh already knows the hotel very well as he was working with Beverly Hotels who were responsible for the building of the all-suited rooms in 1989 when it achieved the AA four-star rating. So after a period of refurbishment the hotel will once again be offering luxury accommodation and excellent dining facilities.

The hotel sits in nine acres at Billington on the edge of the Ribble Valley, an area of outstanding natural beauty and within 10 miles of the M6 and M65 motorways. It has 44 bedrooms including 28 suites, a health club and spa including indoor swimming pool, five conference and banqueting rooms and a restaurant and bar. Neil Thomson, associate director, hotels agency at the North West office of Colliers International in Manchester, secured the sale and said: "The Mercure Hotel was placed to the market confidentially in May 2014, and after a flurry of interest, experienced hotel operators Charles and Jean Haigh were successful in securing the purchase. They both have a huge amount of local experience which will serve them well for the future.”