Bannatyne Group acquires Clarice House spas

Image: Clarice House Colchester

Hotel, spa and health club chain Bannatyne Group, owned by Duncan Bannatyne, has purchased two properties from the Clarice House group in Colchester, Essex, and Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, to add to the Bannatyne Group portfolio.

The two sites were bought for an undisclosed sum and a spokesman for the company said that the facilities and existing memberships – which include a fully equipped gym, hydrotherapy pool, aromatherapy room, treatment rooms and restaurant in Colchester plus a hotel in Bury St Edmunds – will operate as normal.

A spokesperson for the Bannatyne Group said: “This is a small local investment for an undisclosed sum. We are happy with the local management and the facilities will operate as normal. Terms and conditions of existing membership agreements will be honoured.” The properties will also continue to be known as Clarice House for the time being.

The third property in the Clarice House group, which was also the first, based in Ipswich, has not been sold and is still owned by the King family, who are planning more investment in the property.