Iconic Lanarkshire hotel and venue sold as new owners notify wedding couples of takeover

A popular Lanarkshire hotel and wedding venue has been sold, it has been confirmed.

The Bothwell Bridge Hotel will now be run by the Manorview Group after a successful takeover bid.

The chain, which also owns The Torrance Hotel in East Kilbride, as well as The Busby Hotel, has promised to “invest heavily” in their newly-acquired venue.

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And, they have assured all existing bookings will be honored, including wedding days for soon-to-be married couples and their guests.

The Bothwell Bridge Hotel now becomes Manorview’s 11th venue.

The 90-bedroom hotel with dining, wedding and function facilities was initially known as The Clyde Hotel, with the building dating back to the early 19th century.

It has been run by the Martalo family for the past 42 years after it was purchased in 1980.

The Bothwell Bridge Hotel has been a popular wedding venue over the years

Steve Graham, founder and director of Manorview told Lanarkshire Live: “We look forward to taking the baton from the Martalo family and continuing the legacy and story of this wonderful hotel and historic property.

“We take great pride in our properties, and this will be no different.”

Manorview will continue to operate the hotel as is, honoring all existing bookings and ensuring wedding couples enjoy their day as already planned and agreed.

But they also plan to invest heavily in the property in the near future.

Steve continued: “Opportunities to acquire properties of this kind don’t come along often, so we are delighted to be bringing Bothwell Bridge into the Manorview collection.

“Like many of our venues, the building itself has fantastic character and quality, and offers so much potential for the future.

“While our initial focus will be on getting to know the business better, looking after customers, and supporting the existing team, we fully intend to invest heavily in the interior and exterior of the venue in the coming years.

“This is something we’ve done on varying levels with every venue we’ve acquired since our inception in 2006. Breathing fresh life into historic buildings is something we’re very passionate about.”

David Tracey, Manorview’s managing director added: “Scotland has so much to offer national and international guests and adding 90 bedrooms to our capacity will ensure that as a group we can host even more visitors.

“The venue mirrors the model of many of our other hotels and we look forward to bringing our learnings from other properties to the table, as well as fully understanding where Bothwell Bridge sits in the market, to give future guests the best possible experience.”

The sale of Bothwell Bridge Hotel to Manorview Group has already concluded.

The team will now be contacting wedding couples and event bookings to reassure them this will go ahead as planned.

Any guests who have booked a hotel stay or restaurant reservation should visit as planned, as their previous booking will be honored.

Armando Cirignaco, former general manager of Bothwell Bridge Hotel, said: “The Martalo family is proud to have served the Bothwell community for more than four decades and, as we pass the reins to Manorview, we know we are leaving the business we have built in excellent hands with another family firm.

“We would like to thank the local community for their custom and loyalty and we wish the new operators every success.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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