Oakley Court looks to a bright future
PUBLISHED: 13:13 29 November 2013 | UPDATED: 13:13 29 November 2013
The 4 star luxury hotel has now changed hands after Oakley Court Hotel Limited went into administration in the summer
The Oakley Court Hotel near Windsor has been sold by specialist hotel property advisers Colliers International to Lake Opportunities Limited for an undisclosed sum.
The sale generated a considerable number of offers, after which a single party was provided with “preferred bidder” status.
The whole team at the hotel is delighted by the news, which ends speculation and heralds a bright future for this historic, quintessentially English venue. General Manager Richard Smith said: “It’s very much business as usual in the run up to a busy festive season and we look forward to a successful New Year 2014 and beyond.”
In the summer John Hansen and Stuart Irwin of KPMG were appointed as Joint Administrators for Oakley Court Hotel Limited, with Colliers International instructed to find a buyer for the business and property
.Julian Troup, Head of UK Hotels Agency at Colliers International, said: “Oakley Court Hotel is one of the finest and most renowned country house hotels in England and the result that was achieved exceeded our expectations. We were able to generate interest from right around the globe.”
The prestigious Gothic-style property has 118 letting bedrooms, including 11 luxury suites, and comes with substantial meeting and conference facilities. Also included is a nine-hole golf course set over 33 acres of landscaped gardens leading to a private stretch of the River Thames. Local attractions include Windsor Castle, Ascot Racecourse, Legoland, and Thorpe Park. Oakley Court is also the nearest luxury 4 star hotel to Dorney Lakes, Eton – The home of the Olympic rowing regatta in 2012.
Formerly a private residence, Oakley Court gained notoriety during the 1960s and 1970s due to its location next to the world famous Bray Studios. The building was used as a film set for several Hammer House of Horror films including Dracula, as well as being used as Frank N Furter’s castle in the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show. It was also used as the film set for St Trinian’s and more recently was home to several members of Team GB during the London 2012 Olympic Games.