New investor keen to breathe life into stately home on edge Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 11:36 24 March 2017 | UPDATED: 11:36 24 March 2017

Brocket Hall

Brocket Hall

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A new Chinese investor is keen to restore a Georgian stately home and its grounds to their former glory.

Brocket Hall hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons this time last year.

The company Brocket Hall International Ltd went into liquidation and members of its golf club were left fuming after being told they could no longer play unless they bought new memberships.

The administrators of this company then sold the leasehold businesses to Brocket Hall Ltd UK, formed in February, with Dieter Klostermann resigning as a director of this UK company on July 27, 2016.

Since then a new Chinese investor, who likes to keep a low profile, has stepped in and has high hopes to mend relations with golfers and put the estate in the international spotlight.

A spokesman for Brocket Hall said: “The new owner is wholly committed to ensuring that the original members are properly looked after.

“They have been granted a special concessionary membership with no joining fee.

“This offer was extended to all previous members by the new owner.”

The spokesman added: “Membership is progressing well; we anticipate having over 400 members in the club by the end of March.

“We will plan to grow the international membership over the coming months.

“The ladies’ membership section is now active and recruiting. We have a growing ladies’ section again after a lengthy period with only two members.

“With one of the ladies getting a hole in one this month, there was Champagne flowing in the members’ bar!

“It is the first one since the new club was launched last April.”

The mix of members is about 55 per cent local, 40 per cent national and less than 5 per cent international.

The spokesman told the WHT: “We want to reposition Brocket Hall as the go-to place for the highest quality events including weddings.

“The house and the way it operates is unique with a head butler who has over 30 years’ service on the estate.

“The use of the house for private parties is being actively promoted.

“We hosted 20 American agents in the hall last week on behalf of VisitBritain which went very well.”


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