Hanging up their feather dusters as hotel is under new ownership

David Stanbridge, of the Cley Hall Hotel in Spalding, has handed over the keys to new owners. He is pictured here with general manager Nikki Deans who will continue in her role at the hotel. Photo by Tim Wilson (SG280115-111TW).
David Stanbridge, of the Cley Hall Hotel in Spalding, has handed over the keys to new owners. He is pictured here with general manager Nikki Deans who will continue in her role at the hotel. Photo by Tim Wilson (SG280115-111TW).

After nearly six years at the helm of Spalding’s iconic Cley Hall Hotel, David Stanbridge and Andrew Robb have finally ‘hung up their feather dusters’ and handed over the keys to new owners.

Gurnake and Olga Cheema took over ownership of the building, which was on the market for £695,000, on March 15.

David says that the new owners plan to continue the award-winning business as a hotel and enhance the business over time. Nikki Deans, who has been general manager for the past two years, will continue in her role.

But for David (55) and Andrew (49) Italy is beckoning as they ‘semi’ put their feet up.

David said: “Well the time has come to hang up our feather dusters, cooking full English breakfasts and meeting and greeting guests to Cley Hall, which the majority of local people have such an affinity with, as Andrew and I have decided to retire.

“We have had a great time here which will forever be lodged in our psyche - most of it good, some of it awful particularly in the first few months of ownership when we had to bring Cley Hall kicking and screaming bang up to date in order to offer guests an experience to remember for all of the right reasons.

“We’ve had so many experiences they do fade into one, and it is so easy to remember the horror stories. I suppose the two best things which stick out is how the local people of Spalding have always been so very welcoming and the day we won TV’s Four in a Bed which made all the hard work we had put into developing a quality product so very well worth it.

“We are so pleased that Cley Hall is going to continue as a hotel having been bought by Mr and Mrs Cheema.

“What now for us? I know I said we are going to retire but this isn’t the full truth. People who know us know that we have had a holiday home in the south of Italy in Puglia for the last nine years. We will move here full time and enjoy the sun, beaches, swimming pool, gardening on our two acres, food and wine. We are also going to let a couple of rooms as B&B so we’re not completely retired.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank the local businesses for all of their support over the last six years - whether it is those providing a service to us or us providing a service to them and wish everyone well for the future.

“If anyone fancies a holiday here in the south let us know!”