UK's upmarket von Essen Hotels group under receivership

The holding company of von Essen Hotels, the group that includes Cliveden, Seaham Hall and Battersea's Hotel Verta, has gone into administration.

Ernst and Young's Alan Bloom, Chris Marsden and Angela Swarbrick have been appointed joint administrators to the privately owned group of 28 hotels in the UK and France.

But the administrators say it is business as usual at the hotels and nothing has changed for the customer.

"The hotels are not in administration and they will continue to trade as usual," Public Sector Travel quoted Ernst & Young as saying.

"It is business as normal for the hotels and customers of von Essen Hotels can continue to enjoy their stay," added Angela Swarbrick, joint administrator.

Von Essen, which had three properties - Mount Somerset hotel in Taunton, Congham Hall hotel in Norfolk and New Park Manor in Hampshire, bought Ston Easton Park in Bath and Thornbury Castle in Gloucestershire in 2000, for around £5m each.