Harry Murray MBE has stepped down as chairman of Lucknam Park & Spa after 25 years at the property, which is a member of Relais & Chateaux and Pride of Britain.
As managing director Murray helped to take the hotel from AA four black stars to AA five red stars with a Michelin-starred restaurant and award-winning spa.
Murray, who will continue as president of HOSPA, said: “My time at Lucknam Park has been an enjoyable and memorable journey and any success I have achieved both personally and at the hotel is due to the full support of the owners, directors and a highly-motivated and skilled team.
“I depart with a feeling of great pride as the hotel was recently named UK’s Best Hotel in the Condé Nast 2021 Readers’ Choice Award. I wish the owners, directors and the team continued success.
Murray added on Twitter that he had “no plans to disappear, don’t play golf, useless at DIY and I still have enormous energy”.