Mike Dewey is new general manager of the three-star Leasowe Castle, a 47-bedroom hotel popular for weddings and other functions which has recently completed a £3m refurbishment.
“What originally attracted me to Leasowe Castle was the venue’s unrivalled historic charm and heritage, which certainly sets the castle far apart from its competition around the region,” he said.l
“The venue offered me a totally unique opportunity and I look forward to utilising my knowledge and expertise in its day to day running from this point.
“Following the investment to refurbish the interior, we are set to unveil a major rebrand in the coming weeks and I will be leading the team as we move towards a new chapter for our 500-year-old castle. It’s certainly an exciting time for myself, our staff and for all of our guests.”
Dewey has previously managed Queens Moat House hotel and Edwardians hotel and was chairman of Liverpool Hoteliers Association from 2011 to 2014.
Leasowe Castle was originally built in 1593 as an observation platform for racing that took place on the sands it overlooks.
Over the years owners added extra towers, wings, turrets and outbuildings but towards the end of the 17th century the castle became derelict and acquired the name “Mock beggar Hall”, a name given to any deserted building.
Attempts were made to turn it into a hotel and it later became used as a private home and railway convalescent home before becoming a hotel again.
The Grade II-Listed building was acquired by HDK Leisure in 2015.
Owner Bhupendra Gandhi said: “Following my acquisition of the property and its subsequent interior refurbishment, I am keen to embark on a new era for Leasowe Castle; ever enhancing what the venue has become since its establishment in 1593.
“I am thrilled that Mike has joined our team, as he is sure to steer us in the right direction as we head towards an exciting future for all involved.”