EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Pandemic-hit Duncan Bannatyne wants £4million for his best hotel
Having taken a £50 million hit during the pandemic, and with a glamorous wife 31 years his junior to keep happy, former Dragons’ Den star Duncan Bannatyne appears to be taking drastic action.
I can disclose that the tycoon, 72, has put the jewel in the crown of his hotel empire on the market.
Bannatyne — who was known for telling hapless wannabe entrepreneurs on the hit BBC2 business series ‘I’m Out’ — wants £4 million for the Charlton House Hotel & Spa in Somerset.
Selling: Duncan Bannatyne, pictured with wife Nigora, wants £4 million for the Charlton House Hotel & Spa in Somerset
‘I think any business owner would be lying if they said they hadn’t been severely impacted by the pandemic,’ he tells me. ‘We certainly have.’ The hotel is housed in a converted Grade II-listed 17th-century stately home near Shepton Mallet.
The Scotsman insists: ‘I don’t want to sell any of my other hotels. This is the only one which doesn’t have connections to any of my health clubs, so it makes the most sense.’
The foundry worker’s son from Clydebank also owns hotels in Durham, Darlington and Hastings, と同様 70 gyms and an estimated 50 spas as part of his Bannatyne Group.
The father-of-six married 41-year-old former receptionist Nigora Whitehorn in 2017, the year after he proposed in Monte Carlo, with a sparkler said to be worth £40,000. He first met Uzbekistan-born Nigora during a visit to his dentist in London’s Harley Street, where Nigora worked.
The divorce from his second wife, Joanne McCue, was reported to have cost him a staggering £345 million. Although his business suffered in the pandemic, Bannatyne has said he turned down a £250 million offer from an unnamed American company to buy his empire. Matthew Smith, of Knight Frank, the agency which is marketing the property, 確認します: ‘We are thrilled to act on behalf of the Bannatyne Group to source a new owner for the Charlton House Hotel and Spa.’
The hotel is housed in a converted Grade II-listed 17th-century stately home near Shepton Mallet
Normal People star leads Fashion Pack
PICK OF THE PARTIES
THE OCCASION: The Fashion Awards after-parties.
DRASTIC MAKEOVER: Paul Mescal, who was known for his gold chain and scruffy outfits when he starred opposite Daisy Edgar-Jones in BBC hit drama Normal People, was almost unrecognisable in a flamboyant Gucci jacquard blazer at Tommy Hilfiger’s party at The Maine, Mayfair.
Paul Mescal was almost unrecognisable in a flamboyant Gucci jacquard blazer at Tommy Hilfiger’s party at The Maine, Mayfair
Designer John Galliano was welcomed by Anna Wintour at the awards
Former Victoria’s Secret model Elsa Hosk wore a spectacular floral-print Richard Quinn gown, but stood on it as she got out of her car
Olympic hero Tom Daley dived into the style calendar’s biggest night by making friends with Hollywood star Demi Moore
Paul Mescal with Normal People co-star Daisy Edgar-Jones
BACK ON TREND: Designer John Galliano, whose career took a nosedive after a racist rant in 2011, proved that he was back at the heart of the fashion world as he was welcomed by Vogue bigwig Dame Anna Wintour.
IN THE SWIM: Olympic hero Tom Daley dived into the style calendar’s biggest night by making friends with Hollywood star Demi Moore. He tells me: ‘Fashion to me is just a fun way to express yourself.’
FASHION ROYALTY: Sadie Frost, who’s directed a film about Mary Quant, said she wanted to ‘dress like a princess’ for the awards and wore a peach trouser suit by Dame Zandra Rhodes.
BAREFOOT BEAUTY: Former Victoria’s Secret model Elsa Hosk wore a spectacular floral-print Richard Quinn gown, but stood on it as she got out of her car. 幸いなことに, she had no shoes on.
Harry’s ex-aide in royal return
Clara Loughran was among those unfortunate courtiers who lost their jobs when Prince Harry and Meghan quit royal duties and moved to the U.S.
昨日, しかしながら, she made an emotional return to a royal residence to collect a gong.
Clara, who was one of Harry’s closest aides, was presented with her insignia of the Royal Victorian Order at Windsor Castle by Princess Anne, on behalf of the Queen. Clara was in charge of project management for the Sussexes, having previously worked for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Clara, now a partner in a business that ‘links influential people and organisations to good causes’, was watched at Windsor by her husband, Nick Loughran, who also used to be a palace aide.
Clara, who was one of Harry’s closest aides, was presented with her insignia of the Royal Victorian Order at Windsor Castle by Princess Anne, on behalf of the Queen
BRIT Awards organisers think they’re being terribly ‘woke’ by scrapping gender-specific categories, such as Best Female Artist, but Eighties star Patti Boulaye is unimpressed.
‘It’s so much rubbish,’ the singer and actress tells me at the British Curry Awards at Battersea Evolution in London.
‘Sometimes it’s best to leave things alone, because when you upset one thing you upset everything.’
Nigeria-born Boulaye, 67, who starred in The Real Marigold Hotel, 追加します: ‘My female ancestors in west Africa went to war instead of the men. I don’t understand any of this one size fits all.’
Keira Knightley reckons she has a historical-looking face. ‘I’ve done roughly half contemporary films — but they haven’t always done as well,’ 彼女が言います.
‘I think it has something to do with my face.
‘I get cast in period films more, and the roles I get in them have been more interesting.
‘I must have a face for period drama.’
Not sure this is what the producers of her latest film would want to hear: it’s a contemporary comedy horror, 静かな夜, filmed during the first days of the pandemic.
Boris Johnson’s wife, キャリー, is passionate about ‘rewilding’. And now, I hear, one of her pals, wild animal breeder Derek Gow, has convinced a prominent aristocrat to abandon farming in favour of letting nature take hold.
James Lowther, who inherited his family’s castle in the Lake District, claims the farming practices of his father, the late Earl of Lonsdale, ‘trashed the land’.
He tells me: ‘I bulldozed the chicken sheds behind Lowther Castle and put together a plan to save it and the gardens.’
Without the dairy, beef and chicken farming, how’s he making money? ‘I’ve built 600 beehives,’ 彼は説明する.