Northumbrian hotel celebrating as chain’s profits rocket

Ruaridh Macdonald, deputy chief executive of Macdonald Hotels.
Ruaridh Macdonald, deputy chief executive of Macdonald Hotels.

Macdonald Hotels, owner of Linden Hall Golf and Country Club, near Longhorsley, is marking its 25th by announcing increased profits and turnover for last financial year.

The Scottish-based group’s turnover was up seven per cent to £155.7m and its profit after tax shot up by £2.5m to £6.1m.

Denis Frucot, general manager at Linden Hall, said; “All of us at the golf and country club welcome this news, which underpins group plans to continue to invest in facilities for the thousands of guests we welcome each year.

“It’s also a great way to mark the company’s first quarter-century, which we continue to celebrate in 2016.”

Ruaridh Macdonald, the chain’s deputy chief executive, said: “We enjoyed significant benefit last year from major events, with hotel sales up by seven per cent and hotel operating profit up by 10 per cent.

“During the year, we invested £16m in our hotels and resorts, including refurbishing bedrooms and upgrading spa facilities, as well as our IT infrastructure and website.

“This year, we have £9m already invested and a further £5m to be invested in our continuing major bedroom refurbishment programmes.

“Hospitality is at the very heart of our business, and our people remain central to delivering the warmest of welcomes and exemplary service to all our guests.”

Macdonald Hotels, based in Bathgate in West Lothian, runs 55 hotels and resorts in the UK, Ireland, Spain and Portugal.