Von Essen luxury hotels could be sold

The Royal Crescent in Bath
Image caption Among von Essen's assets is the Royal Crescent hotel in Bath

Bath's Royal Crescent Hotel may be sold after its parent firm went into administration.

Von Essen, which owned 28 luxury hotels in the UK and France, went into administration in April.

Administrators Ernst & Young said it had offers for 19 hotels, including Cliveden in Berkshire where much of the 1960s Profumo affair took place.

But others, such as Thornbury Castle near Bristol and Seaham Hall in County Durham, are still up for sale.

The company also owns a foods business as well as the Culpeper soaps retailer, which separately entered administration in February.

Chris Day, from Christie and Co, which is acting as agents for the administrators, said the hotels could not be sold together.

"It was decided that the route to best value was through a sale on a sub-group and individual basis," he said.

The firm added that it could not reveal the names of the bidders until the sales had been completed.

Von Essen employs 40 people at its head office in Peasedown St John, near Bath.

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