THE NEW owners of Hawkstone Hall, between Whitchurch and Shrewsbury, have described themselves as a ‘safe pair of hands’.
Hannah Petrouis and Martin Hirst, who are business partners in WH Hospitality since May 2012, and own Weston Hall in Staffordshire, and the Saracen’s Head, which is a gastro pub in Weston and Hawkstone Hall represents their third venture.
Hannah says Hawkstone was one of a number of options to the pair, but suited their business model best, adding it will create around 60 jobs.
I’d like to think we’re a safe pair of hands at this,” said Hannah.
“We do 127 weddings at at Weston Hall and private events too – it’s what we do.
“We looked at a few options. We’re really happy with the business model at Weston Hall and when Hawkstone came up, the two merged together brilliantly.
“We want to complete towards the end of May and we’re aiming to run our first wedding in summer 2018.
“We’ve got to get the change of use for the Hall as it’s been used as a pastoral retreat. We’ll be looking to build.
“We did the same with Weston Hall. I think it will create around 20 full-time jobs and 4-50 part-time jobs, though with it being hospitality, it will be seasonal.”
Hannah, 28, says Hawkstone represents their biggest venture to day – size wise – and is looking forward to getting started.
She added: “Capacity wise, Hawkstone is the biggest we have taken on.
“We have got eight bedrooms at Weston Hall but at Hawkstone, at the moment, there’s around 64.
“How many we retain is up to the architect as there’s options to knock some bedrooms through, subject to planning permission.”
The company operate from Weston Hall in Staffordshire, which has been open as a highly successful wedding venue, hotel and restaurant since November 2012.