Wrea Head gets Hollywood owner

The Wrea Head Hotel in Scalby, and below, new owner Geral Aburrow
The Wrea Head Hotel in Scalby, and below, new owner Geral Aburrow

A TINSELTOWN studio chief who stepped in to give the story of a crisis-hit Scarborough hotel a Hollywood ending has told of the plans to restore it to its former glory.

The stately Wrea Head Hotel, in Scalby, has been snapped up from administrators Pricewaterhouse Coopers by Warner Bros’ executive Gerald Aburrow and his business partner, Dr Mark Giles.



Mr Aburrow had spent 18 months looking to buy a country house in the south, but he fell for the Wrea Head, calling it “the perfect property in the perfect location”.

He said; “After many months searching we walked into Wrea Head and, in the famous words of Victor Kiam, ‘I loved the company so much I bought it!’

“We could not leave without buying it.”

He has now vowed to restore the 20-bedroom hotel back to its former glory, promising to redecorate the interior and replace the ageing infrastructure.

The troubled hotel went into administration alongside The Royal Hotel, The Clifton Hotel and the Hackness Grange, after the English Rose hotel chain collapsed.

Now, following Mr Aburrow’s acquisition, hopes are rising that Scarborough could turn into a filming hotspot as producers look to capitalise on Scarborough’s golden sands and stunning rural beauty.

Welcome to Yorkshire’s Janet Deacon said: “It would be fantastic if he could bring over some of his colleagues from Hollywood. They can go back and tell people just how good the area is.”

She added that she was “blown away” by the sale, and will hold a meeting with Mr Aburrow shortly about his plans to promote Scarborough to Hollywood.

She said: “I think it’s fantastic that he is so enthusiastic about promoting Scarborough and Yorkshire.

“We hope to work really close with him to promote this area, and it’s so exciting to be able to have entrepreneurs like him investing in Yorkshire.”

She added that Mr Aburrow had already been appointed a member of Welcome to Yorkshire, and the group would be giving their all to help promote his newly-acquired establishment.

Previously, Mr Aburrow vowed to “safeguard” the jobs of the hotel’s staff, telling the Evening News that he and his business partner would relocate to Scalby from London to oversee the running of the venue.