AN offer has been tabled for two of Droitwich’s most iconic and historic buildings.
Receivers in charge of the town’s Chateau Impney and Raven hotels have confirmed that a bid has been put forward for both sites. It is a move that could secure the future of the venues.
Receivers BDO LLP, which took over the landmark sites last year, could not confirm the identity of who has made the offer or how long it may take to thrash out a deal.
A spokesman for BDO said: “The hotels are still in receivership and the Raven Hotel remains closed at this time, but they are currently under offer.
“We can’t identify who has made the bid and it is difficult to say how long it will take for it to be resolved at this time. It could take months, but an offer is being considered.”
Receivers were called in to take over the running of both sites on November 23, 2009, after the Impney Group went into administrative receivership.
A decision was taken in May to move all business from the Raven Hotel, in St Andrew’s Street, to its sister hotel – the Chateau Impney. Employees have also been moved to the sister site in Bromsgrove Road.
The news of an offer will be welcomed by residents, many fearing a repeat of the closure of Droitwich’s Brine Baths site, which was closed and never re-opened. The Raven Hotel is believed to date from the 16th century and is located in the heart of Droitwich.
It was used as both a popular wedding venue and meeting location for many local groups.
The popular grade II listed Chateau Impney, on the outskirts of town, is set in 144 acres and has 124 bedrooms and apartments.
The site also boasts exhibition and conference facilities.
The chateau was built in a classic French Renaissance style in about 1875 by John Corbett, the son of a wealthy bargee from Staffordshire, as a present for his wife.