Popular hoteliers Steve and Sarah Donnan have decided to sell the Creebridge House Hotel in Minnigaff and emigrate to Australia.
The couple, who have two young sons, revealed exclusively to the Gazette that they have taken the decision to move after Steve’s general health began to deteriorate.
The sale is being handled locally by Peter Matthews of AB & A Matthews LLP, of Newton Stewart, and nationally by Graeme Smith of Smith & Clough (Commercial Estate Agents).
At the time of going to press, no asking price had been revealed.
Steve, who was born in Port William, initially began his career in the hospitality business when he bought the Bruce Hotel after retiring from the army. He and Sarah then moved to the Creebridge House in 2006.
A letter to the Gazette from the couple says: “After more than seven years, it is with great sadness that for health reasons Steve and Sarah Donnan announce that the Creebridge House Hotel is now officially up for sale. As most locals are probably aware, in 2003 Steve and eldest son Rory were involved in a major road accident. Steve sustained severe leg and arm injuries which have caused him increasing mobility difficulties and other complications, which have greatly impaired his ability to deal with day to day work and family life.
“In a warm dry climate the effects are greatly reduced and allow for a better quality of life, a fact which was borne out during a family holiday to Australia in 2011.
“After much soul-searching on return to the UK, they decided to apply to immigrate. After a long, drawn-out process, they have recently received confirmation of their acceptance to move to Perth in Western Australia, on a state-sponsored business immigration visa. Steve and Sarah, would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all the staff both past and present for their dedication, loyalty, friendship and support. They, above all, are what give the heart and soul to the Creebridge House Hotel. They have worked above and beyond the call of duty to achieve the much envied and deserved reputation of the Creebridge, which is renowned as a great place to stay, and to meet and dine in a warm and friendly atmosphere.”
Letter in full – page 14