Member news: Schofield Sweeney advise on sale of Solberge Hall to luxury wedding company Wharfedale Grange

Nov 2, 2023

Solberge Hall in Northallerton has been acquired by wedding and events company Wharfedale Grange for an undisclosed sum.

The 24-bedroom Georgian country house hotel is set in 9 acres of woodland situated near the North Yorkshire Moors and Yorkshire Dales. It has been owned by Classic Lodges hotel group since 2015 when it was purchased for £1.8m.

Wharfedale Grange is a luxury weddings and events venue between Leeds and Harrogate including a purpose-built wedding barn, farmhouse accommodation and floristry shop.

The deal included the purchase of all assets, including the hotel, restaurant, facilities and grounds. All 40 members of staff will be directly transferred to new ownership.

A multi-disciplinary team from Schofield Sweeney advised Wharfedale Grange on the purchase, including:

Real estate – Manjit Virdee, Sadia Ali

Corporate – Jessica Fielden, Kate Fox

Environmental & regulatory – Craig Burman

Claire Thomas, chief executive of Wharfedale Grange, said “We were delighted to continue our working relationship with Schofield Sweeney. The team gave invaluable legal advice and assisted in making the purchase a seamless process”.

The company are renaming the hotel as Wharfedale Country House following a refurbishment, Thomas added, “We are excited to announce the successful acquisition of Solberge Hall Hotel and our intention is to substantially enhance and upgrade the 200 year-old manor house hotel over the course of the next year and put it back on the map as Wharfedale Country House, an opulent hospitality destination specialising in luxury weddings and events.

“Solberge Hall fits perfectly into our growing hospitality portfolio.”

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