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Couple's dreams shattered after Hampshire wedding venue goes into administration

A couple's dreams have been shattered after they have discovered their wedding venue in Hampshire has gone into administration.

Sasha Miles and Fraser Monahan are due to get married on 23rd May at the Botleigh Grange Hotel near Hedge End.

Now the hotel has gone into administration and closed, they fear their dream wedding may not go ahead as planned.

Sasha says: "It's something I've dreamed of since I was a little girl, being in a fairytale building, and I'm just devastated. Now everything we've planned for the last three years has just been taken from us instantly."

Sasha Miles and Fraser Monahan are due to get married on 23rd May. Credit: ITV Meridian

The couple booked the hotel three years ago and have already paid £5,500 towards the venue.

Twenty bedrooms have already been booked and paid for by their family members.

They did not take out insurance, and now fear that their money is lost.

Fraser says: "Things are quite tight so that's why we picked quite a large gap from when we got engaged to when we're getting married, so we could take time to plan and spend money how we wanted to and get everything exactly how my partner wanted it. Obviously now that's probably not going to be the case."

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Until it's recent closure, the hotel was run by a company called Addison Way Limited. It blamed negative press for poor trading and in November, was given a food hygiene rating of 1 out of 5.

An inspection found improvements were needed to cleanliness and the condition of the building.

The couple are now looking for a new venue. Credit: ITV Meridian

Now Sasha and Fraser are looking for a new wedding venue.

They had planned to take their family on honeymoon to Majorca, but this has now been cancelled.

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Leonard Curtis Business Solutions became the administrators now in charge of seeking a buyer for the Botleigh Grange Hotel.

In a response to the current situation of the hotel, a spokesperson said: "Neil Bennett and Andrew Duncan, Directors at Leonard Curtis Business Solutions Group, were appointed by MSP Capital Limited, one of the largest property financiers in southern England, as Joint Administrators to Botleigh Grange Limited on 13 January.

Until its recent closure, the hotel was run by Addison Way Limited and generated sales for the year ending May 2019 of £1.78m, excluding VAT. However, trading was affected by some negative press, recently reporting on health and safety issues at the hotel and spa.

The independent hotel, which is a former country house constructed in the 17th Century, is being sold by the Joint Administrators through the commercial property consultants Lambert Smith Hampton in Southampton. A number of parties have expressed an interest in the property as they see the potential to grow and generate revenue from a range of income streams such as accommodation, food and drink, conference and banqueting, leisure and spa breaks."

“We aim to conclude the sale of Botleigh Grange to a buyer that will be in a position to reopen the hotel in a short timeframe. The property has attracted a high level of interest, and a potential buyer will be exploring the possibility of honouring the future events booked at the hotel.”

– Neil Bennett, Director, Leonard Curtis Business Solutions Group