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Hotel featured in TV series closes

The sudden closure of Rosehill House Hotel in Burnley just before Christmas left not just the family who own it in distress, but staff and hundreds of former guests.

The 31-bedroom hotel operated from a Victorian mansion house by Emma Pennington and her father John Doherty twice featured in Channel 5’s The Hotel Inspector, winning praise from expert presenter Alex Polizzi on a return visit two and half years after her first appraisal in 2019.

She told the hoteliers: “In 11 years of doing this job I’ve never ever had a hotel make such an effort!” But now Rosehill House has apparently fallen victim to the crisis weighing heavily on SME hospitality businesses. In December Emma Pennington announced the closure on Facebook ‘with a broken heart and tears falling’, citing ‘many factors beyond our control’. She said: “I will cherish the many wonderful memories we created with the best team of people any business could hope to have, to the suppliers and many loyal fantastic customers who have become friends and made the last 27 years possible.“ Her post attracted more than 550 responses from former staff, hotel guests and local people.

In the 2019 TV episode the owners told how their independent operation had been losing business to ‘big boy’ chain operators. They were also coping with the retirement of Emma’s mother Jackie, who had been the ‘heart and soul’ of Rosehill House prior to a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. In January the family announced they’d decided to sell the hotel and it is now listed with Savills for a guide price of £1.25m.

Rosehill House is now up for sale
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