Apex Hotels Takes Over Meldrum House Hotel, Signifying Major Expansion in Hotel Industry

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Apex Hotels has expanded its portfolio by acquiring Meldrum House Country Hotel and Golf Course, marking the group’s second rural property and its 10th hotel overall.

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Following the purchase of Pine Trees last July, this latest addition features a 51-bedroom, four-star hotel located in a 13th-century manor house. Meldrum House includes an 18-hole golf course spread across 250 acres of Aberdeenshire countryside.

Businessman Bob Edwards bought the hotel and estate in 1991, using it as his family home for several years. The Knights Golf Course, part of the estate, opened in 1998, hosting the Scottish Men’s Amateur Championship. Edwards then partnered with Terry and David Buchan to reopen the hotel after a 2009 refurbishment.

In 2016, the property underwent an expansion, adding a ballroom that can accommodate up to 200 guests. During the pandemic in 2020, the hotel launched dining domes to enhance the dining experience.

Edwards stated, “After 31 years of owning Meldrum House, it is the perfect time to hand over the reins for a new chapter, where the hotel and estate will become part of Apex Hotel’s expanding portfolio.”

Apex Hotels Chief Executive Angela Vickers said, “The acquisition of Meldrum House Country Hotel represents an opportunity to continue to diversify the Apex Hotels portfolio, giving our guests even more choice of a city or more relaxed rural option. This is an exciting time for Apex, and after getting to know the team at Meldrum House, it was clear they share the same vision and ambitions we have at Apex Hotels.”

Jordan Charles, who has been leading the team at Meldrum House, will continue in his role, ensuring a seamless transition as Apex Hotels integrates the new property into its portfolio.

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