Pim Wolfs, currently general manager at Macdonald Pittrodie House in Aberdeen, will open the 18-bedroom hotel on the edge of Snowdonia National Park as general manager in August with Gareth Stevenson as the restaurant’s head chef.
News of the appointments come as the property, previously the home of railway engineer and industrialist Henry Robertston, completes its transformation into a luxury hotel and restaurant.
Its co-owners, a former headteacher (Angela) and telecoms engineer (Alan) have individually designed each bedroom with William Morris prints and Zoffany furnishings while Caines is working with the couple on the hotel’s food and beverage offering.
Caines, who left Gidleigh Park earlier this year to pursue new projects, will work with Stevenson, who was part of the team which launched restaurant Michael Caines at the Abode hotel group, to develop breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner menus for the hotel's fine dining restaurant, Venetian themed alternative dining room and private dining area.
The Harpers said: “We are over the moon about the Pim and Gareth joining the Palé Hall family and thrilled to see our team grow. They both bring great depth of knowledge and experience from their respective industries and we look forward to seeing how Palé Hall develops as a result of this.
“We know that guests will love the highly trained personal service that Pim and his team will provide as well as the innovative and delicious dishes, using the wealth of quality produce surrounding the hotel, that Gareth, together with Michael, will create. This is an extremely exciting time for our hotel.”
Palé Hall, which played host to played host to some of Britain’s most famous figures including Queen Victoria and Winston Churchill, will be relaunched as a sister hotel to Caines' new project Lympstone Manor (formerly Courtlands Mansion) in Devon.