A Shropshire hotel which was shut down last year could be given a lifeline
A hotel and wedding venue which has been in limbo for months could finally be sold after a petition was launched to wind up its parent company.
HMRC has applied for the winding-up of Elysian Hotels Ltd, the owner of the Mill at Alveley, near Bridgnorth, claiming to be a creditor of the stricken business.
A hearing will be held at the Royal Courts of Justice in London on January 26 which will determine the future of the business.
The Mill shut its doors unexpectedly in late September, leaving staff locked out and couples facing a battle over their deposits for weddings.
A Wolverhampton business connected with the hotel – Elysian Care Ltd – which ran Knoll House in Penn and The Homestead care home near Kinver went into administration last year leading to the closure of both homes.
However Elysian Hotels has never been part of any formal insolvency process.
That has meant that the hotel could not be sold, and the best bet for its future lay in a letter from Companies House in December, which warned that the company faced being dissolved because it was not believed to be carrying out its operations.
That would mean that the hotel was considered 'bona vacantia', and would belong to the crown upon dissolution.
However, the new winding-up petition from HMRC could provide fresh hope for those left out of pocket by the closure, including couples who lost out on their wedding cash.
The winding-up of the company could see liquidators gain the right to sell the 41-room converted 16th century flour mill, at once providing a new start for a well-known Shropshire venue, and at the same time raising cash for hard-hit creditors.
The Mill's website remains down, and calls are not connecting with the premises.
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