Hotel boss checks in to management role

A new manager is in place at a country hotel and he has his sights set on regaining its status as one of the region’s best.

Macdonald Hotels and Resorts has appointed Andrew Thresh General Manager of Linden Hall Golf and Country Club, near Longhorsley.

The 49-year-old has almost 30 years’ experience in the industry, most recently working as Regional Director with the De Vere Group. He graduated in hotel management from Stafford College and has worked with Hilton Worldwide and The Westerwood Hotel.

Linden Hall is just 15 minutes from his Alnwick home.

He said: “Over the past decade I have played golf, enjoyed the leisure facilities and dined at Macdonald Linden Hall. Now I have the rare and exciting opportunity to apply all of my hospitality experience to remind the local community and further afield about the fantastic appeal of Macdonald Linden Hall as a hotel, leisure, wedding, conference and dining destination.”

The 200-year-old mansion house was originally home to merchant William Bigge. In the First World War part was used as an auxiliary hospital for wounded soldiers, and in the Second World War it was the Brigade HQ for the 370 Field Battery 3A.

It opened as a hotel in 1981 and boasts a golf course, spa, pool and double AA rosette awarded restaurant. Famous guests have included Dame Margot Fonteyn de Arias and Fred Trueman.

Macdonald Hotels has recently invested £100,000 in the golf course and is also planning work to The Linden Tree pub and other areas.

Mr Thresh said: “I’m determined to see Macdonald Linden Hall firmly back on the map as a destination of choice.”