Temporary team put in place at North-east luxury hotel after owners declared bankrupt

Fraser Gibb, chef at Mansion House, near Elgin.

Potential buyers for a crisis-hit hotel are already coming forward – less than a week after owners said they were selling up.

Trading at the Mansion House Hotel and Country Club in Elgin was suspended by accountants last Friday after the owners were declared bankrupt over a £90,000 tax bill.

Last night, Accountants in Bankruptcy (AIB) confirmed a temporary management team has been put in place by the bank – and secured creditor – Santander, to allow it to reopen while attempts to find a new buyer continue.

The move means about 30 jobs could be saved – while scores of weddings and other events may now be able to go ahead as planned. Chef Fraser Gibb, pictured, is concerned for his position.

Elgin councillor Graham Leadbitter said: “Clearly this temporary management measure is welcome news for staff and customers alike and it looks like the business can keep going until a buyer can be found.

“The Mansion House Hotel is an iconic building and in a fantastic location with excellent potential. I hope a buyer and a permanent solution will be found soon.”

AIB confirmed discussions were in place with “a number of interested parties” in a bid to find a new owner.

A spokesman said: “A management company has been put in place by the bank Santander. They hope to keep it trading until they manage to get a buyer for the business.”