St Michael’s Manor Hotel changes hands after 50 years
(28th April 2016)
St Michael’s Manor Hotel changes hands after 50 years with the Newling Ward family
The Newling Ward family has owned and run St Michael’s Manor Hotel for three generationsand is very pleased to announce they are passing on ownership to a new family.
Mrs Sheila Newling Ward explained that “My parents-in-law, late husband David, sonRichard an daughter Philippa and I have all been involved in improving the buildings, groundsand business over the years. With no clear succession within the family and most of mychildren and grandchildren in Australia and after much soul searching, I decided it was timeto retire and spend more time with my family.”
Mauritian born Mr Raj Gunputh, the new owner, insists that it will be business as usual; “Iam very conscious of the long history of independence that St Michael’s Manor has enjoyedunder the Newling Ward family and wish to retain this as we bring the hotel into my family.”
Mr Gunputh added: “I have spent over 30 years in the UK, with various business interests,and we have long aspired to own a hotel. St Michael’s Manor is the perfect fit with thelocation, condition, commercial opportunity and reputation of this beautiful award winningfour star hotel making it a very attractive proposition. I have much to learn and intend todraw on the knowledge, experience and professionalism of the staff.”
Mr Gunputh, clearly excited about the opportunity, does not propose any immediate changeand stated: “We are very excited about this opportunity and do not propose any immediate changes. The Newling Ward family have built up a thriving and respected business during their long tenure. Our goal is to build on that solid foundation and further cement the reputation of the hotel in St Albans and Hertfordshire by continuing to pursue even higher standards of service and quality. We wish for all our guests to have a wonderful experience when they are with us and will strive to maintain the highest standards.”
Mr Gunputh would like to emphasise that his aims and objectives going forward for the hotel are to continue operating a successful hotel that thrives on its family values, commitment to the local community and maintaining a happy team of staff. Mr Gunputh wishes to follow the same principals adopted by the Newling Ward family and to remain an integral part of the community and building on the quintessentially English reputation of the hotel.