Eric Arens, former operations manager at the Michelin-starred Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, has moved to the Lake District to join The Ryebeck as general manager.
He is replacing previous general manager Nicola Tickle who is expecting a baby. She will be returning to the hotel in future months.
Belgian-born Arens has previously worked at The Devonshire Arms Hotel in North Yorkshire, Brockencote Hall in Worcestershire, Lords of the Manor in Gloucestershire and Maxims in Brussels.
Arens will work work closely with Wildsmith Hotels operations director, Tom Lewis, and owner, Andrew Wildsmith, in promoting the hotel as a destination for 'foodies'.
Arens said: "I’m thrilled to be working with Tom Lewis and owner Andrew Wildsmith at such an exciting time in the company’s 10th anniversary year. The Ryebeck is brim-full of character and charm, and has a fantastic team of staff, who are committed to ensuring the highest quality guest experience possible, an ethos close to my own heart, and one which we will all continue to build on together.’’