‘Weddings won’t be cancelled at venue’

Staying strong: The Mill Hotel in Croston is staying open, even though the building owners have gone into administration
Staying strong: The Mill Hotel in Croston is staying open, even though the building owners have gone into administration

Bosses of a wedding venue have vowed to stay open, despite the hotel firm going into administration.

Arinza Star Hotels Ltd owns the The Mill Hotel in Croston, but revealed it went into administration last week.

Now, owners of the business, Debbie and Marc Williams, say they plan to continue trading as normal, and want to reassure the 60 couples booked for weddings there that they won’t be closing.

Debbie said: “We’re worried people will cancel their weddings because of what has happened to Arinza, but we’ve been told to trade as normal and we want to assure people that this won’t affect future business.

“We’re looking at this as a way forward for us, and we have a lot of functions and events booked in the next few months which will go-ahead as planned.”

It was initially announced that Legacy Hotels and Resorts had been appointed by administrators Duff & Phelps to act as the new managing agent, but Debbie said she and husband Marc want to buy the hotel.

“We’ve run this business for two years and we have a ten-year lease,” she said. “The bank is our landlord now, and Marc and I want to buy the building.

“We put the wheels in motion to buy it from Arinza about six months ago, so we’re pushing for that even more now.”

Administrators from Duff & Phelps were at the venue, which also has a restaurant and bar, leisure club and conference rooms, on Thursday.

Debbie said they hadn’t broken the news to staff because they didn’t want to worry anyone.

“Nobody is being made redundant,” she said. “But the staff did have concerns when they heard the news.

“We’re going to have a meeting with them to explain what it means for customers and staff at the Mill.”

Two weddings went ahead over the weekend, and the hotel was open as usual when the Guardian visited on Friday.

Arinza also owns The Miraj Hotel and Leisure Club in Ashbourne, Derbyshire.

John Whitfield, from Duff & Phelps, said: “The two hotels are open for business and trading as usual under the current management.

“Any queries regarding functions and bookings should be directed to the respective hotel in the first instance.

“The intention is to undertake a comprehensive review of both hotels, meanwhile, both management teams continue to trade their businesses.”

The firm added that Legacy Hotels and Resorts is no longer involved in the Mill at Croston, and that it was too early to know why Arinza went into administration.