A Hampshire hotel has blamed negative press coverage of its food hygiene rating for putting it out of business.
Botleigh Grange Hotel has now appointed Leonard Curtis Business Solution Group as joint administrators with MSP Capital Limited in a bid to find a new buyer to take over.
In November 2019, the venue was given a one out of five food hygiene rating, indicating that “major improvement” was needed.
Administrators say the “reporting on health and safety issues” at the hotel affected trading, after negative press in local papers surrounding the rating.
It said the reports impacted visitor numbers and business levels.
Until its recent closure, the hotel was run by Addison Way Limited and generated sales for the year ending May 2019 of £1.78m, excluding VAT.
The hotel comprises 55 bedrooms, five function rooms, a restaurant and bar, with the building dating back to the 17th century.
Administrators say a number of parties have expressed an interest in the property.
Neil Bennett, director at Leonard Curtis Business Solutions Group, says: “We aim to conclude the sale of Botleigh Grange to a buyer that will be in a position to reopen the hotel in a short timeframe. The property has attracted a high level of interest, and a potential buyer will be exploring the possibility of honouring the future events booked at the hotel.”