13 Aug 2022

Beech Hill Hotel in Derry now under new ownership after being taken over by group of entrepreneurs

Beech Hill Hotel - Photo 2 (1)
One of Northern Ireland’s oldest country house hotels, the Beech Hill Hotel on the outskirts of Derry, has been acquired by The House Collection following a multimillion-pound investment with support from First Trust Bank. The country house hotel is now under the ownership of experienced entrepreneurs Sam Harding, Barry Kemp and Adam Kemp who between them run a number of successful local and international businesses. The new owners have already created five new jobs at the hotel and have an ambitious growth plan to become the best four-star hotel in Northern Ireland, capitalising on its prime location between Derry and the North Coast. The Beech Hill’s facilities include a number of function rooms and a marquee for conferences, events and weddings as well as aa fine dining and casual restaurant with food grown and harvested from the estate’s walled garden, thought to be one of the oldest in the country. Speaking about their plans for the Beech Hill Hotel, Barry Kemp, Director of The House Collection said: “We feel honoured to be part of the story of the Beech Hill Hotel whose character and charm have captured the hearts of local people for generations. "Our goal is to become the best four-star hotel in Northern Ireland, and we want to personally welcome the people of the northwest to the Beech Hill to experience our new menu’s and enjoy the comfortable surroundings of the historic house. “Our future plans include showcasing Beech Hill as a unique wedding venue with phenomenal photo opportunities. "With a chapel nearby alongside stunning indoor and outdoor facilities, we can provide guests with a memorable day in one location. We also want to celebrate the provenance of food heritage here in the North West so we’re also updating our fine and casual dining experiences to reflect the produce we grow and source locally. ABOVE - Adam Kemp, Barry Kemp and Sam Harding, The House Hospitality Collection, pictured with Julie McIlwaine and Stephen Comer (centre) business acquisitions managers at First Trust Bank outside the Beech Hill Hotel

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