Hawick’s only hotel has been taken over by two well-known faces on the local hospitality scene.
Stephen Murray and Lynn Evans are now at the helm of the Mansfield House Hotel, which has been closed since January due to storm damage, and the couple, who also run the Elm Guest House in North Bridge Street, say they’re relishing the challenge of operating the 11-bedroom establishment in Weensland Road.
Lynn told the Hawick News earlier this week: “We plan to reopen the hotel to residents at the beginning of next month, and we’re going to fully reopen to the public about the middle to the end of May, for suppers and Sunday lunches.”
Alluding to the couple’s immediate plans for the hotel, Lynn continued: “We’ve got 12 weddings booked, and they’re all going ahead. The first one is at the end of June, and then right through July, August, September and October. We’ve spoken to all the wedding people and everything is on track, and that’s lovely.”
Lynn, who along with Stephen were mine hosts at the Tower Inn on the High Street for 10 years, added: “It’s a beautiful hotel, we’re really up for it and looking forward to the future.”
Provost Stuart Marshall said: “I’m delighted that this hotel has reopened and, to be honest, the longer it remained closed the more worried I was becoming that Hawick was going to lose even more bed space. But thankfully that’s now not the case.
“I’m sure the new owners, Stephen and Lynn, will work extremely hard to make this venture a huge success.”
Derick Tait, chairman of Future Hawick, the local regeneration group, added: “We welcome any new business initiative which will help to sustain and promote the town.
“If Hawick is to develop as a leisure and tourism centre, quality accommodation is a necessity.”