Hotel ‘sale’ claims slammed by owner

The Pines Hotel
The Pines Hotel
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The owner of a premier Chorley wedding venue has moved to quash claims that the premises are closing.

Betty Duffin, boss of the Pines Hotel, Preston Road, Clayton-le-Woods, vowed: “I’m not going anywhere.”

Betty Duffin, the owner of the Pines Hotel

Betty Duffin, the owner of the Pines Hotel

Rumours began circulating a few months ago that the plush hotel had been bought out and was to be


They have been gaining ground across town and the latest linked it to popular German discount store chain Aldi.

An Aldi spokesman said: “We don’t wish to comment.”

But Mrs Duffin categorically denied any sale plans and reassured brides and grooms-to-be who had booked the Pines that their weddings were safe.

She said had already taken a number of telephone calls from worried wedding organisers who had picked up on the rumours and feared they would lose their bookings.

She said: “I had five last Monday.”

Mrs Duffin, who has owned and run the 35-bedroomed, Victorian-style hotel since 1963, said past rumours about the hotel had also linked the site to housing development.

She said she was aware of the rumours, but said there was no truth in them and that she had not been in talks about selling the hotel.

“We have got 50 weddings booked this year and more than 20 next year,” she revealed.

“Customers that have things booked here are so upset, ringing us and telling us what they’ve heard.”

Asked where she thought the rumours were coming from, she said: “When you find out, tell me.”

She added; “I’ve been here 50 years and I just think they’ve got nothing else to talk about. I live here. I’m not going to move.”

She said it was unsettling for her staff, too.

The Pines is licensed to hold civil ceremonies in the main hotel and its Dixon Suite, accommodating from 10 to 300 guests. The hotel’s landscaped, four-acre garden has received a Britain in Bloom award for six consecutive years. The hotel has also been a popular cabaret night venue.

Acts are already booked up to the end of the year.

Chorley Council confirmed it had received no planning applications for the site.