A BRIDE has been left £500 out-of-pocket and searching for a new reception venue after the apparent collapse of another prominent Huddersfield hotel.
The Hey Green Hotel in Waters Road, Marsden, went into administration on November 29.
The 18th century hotel, a popular wedding venue, has continued to trade on licence to another company.
Administrators BDO insist it is “business as usual” for the hotel, but bride Aimee Williamson claims she has been told the hotel may not survive until her May 25 wedding day – and could shut down with just 24 hours’ notice.
Aimee was given the news in a meeting at the hotel with director Siobhan Hunter and hotel manager Kate Jackson.
Aimee, 22, of Linthwaite, has been planning her wedding to soldier fiance Oliver Taylor, 26, of Golcar, for the past 10 months.
She paid the £500 deposit last August and now believes she will lose the money.
Aimee told how she met Ms Hunter and Ms Jackson at the hotel last Monday to be told she was best looking for somewhere else for her reception.
Aimee said she was told the owners and staff from the Hey Green were going to another hotel, Clough Manor in Denshaw, and the company was hoping to run both until the end of March so that booked weddings could go ahead.
However, the hotel was up for sale and the bank and the administrators could shut it with 24 hours’ notice.
Aimee was told to chase the administrators for her money.
She added: “Siobhan and Kate told me the building had been valued at £1.2m, but it had been put on the market for less than half that and property developers had looked at it for a nursing home or flats.
“The hotel recommended that I look somewhere else for my reception.
“They said I could wait and hope someone took on the Hey Green as a hotel, which was unlikely, go to the Clough Manor if the date was available or I could find somewhere else.”
Aimee can’t change the date of the wedding as her fiance, currently serving abroad, has to book leave well in advance.
“It’s made me so angry,” she said. “The hotel have been saying it’s all rumour, but this is what they told me.
“People need to know what’s going on. I don’t want others to be left in the same position.”
Hotel director Ms Hunter was said to be unavailable but manager Ms Jackson confirmed to the Examiner that she and Ms Hunter had met Aimee.
She confirmed the move to the Clough Manor but declined to comment further saying: “It’s a difficult situation. It’s not something we want to discuss with the Examiner.”
Ms Jackson phoned back later to say that the company had a licence to run the hotel until the end of May.
Manchester-based administrators BDO said they were “hopeful” of finding a buyer for the hotel.
They refused to comment on what Aimee had been told.
Joint administrators Dermot Power and Patrick Lannagan confirmed the company running the hotel, Hey Green Ltd, went into administration in November.
The hotel is now being run on licence by another company Hey Green Hotels Ltd.
The administrators said the original company employed 29 staff but six had to be made redundant.
Mr Power, BDO’s business restructuring partner, insisted it was “business as usual” for the hotel.
He added: “Unfortunately the economic climate and difficult trading conditions have significantly affected the company.
“However, we are hopeful of achieving a sale of the hotel and it will continue to operate whilst all opportunities are explored.
“It is business as usual for the Hey Green Hotel.
“We would advise existing customers seeking further information on their bookings to contact the hotel management to re-confirm.”
Estate agents Colliers International has the hotel on the market for £675,000.
The Hey Green, an 18th century country hotel, is described as “a specialist function hotel in a lovely rural setting.”
It is said to be the “ideal venue” for weddings with “plenty of photo opportunities around the private lake whilst the wooded grounds provide delightful seclusion.”
A Colliers spokesman said the deadline for offers on the Hey Green was February 18.
Wedding couples were among those who lost money on venue bookings when the iconic George Hotel in Huddersfield closed suddenly on January 2 this year.
That building is also up for sale and the deadline for offers ended last week.
Colliers is also marketing the George Hotel. The spokesman said “best and final” offers for the George were still being looked at.
It has been said there has been “lots of interest” in the 60-bedroomed hotel, the renowned birthplace of the Rugby League.