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UK, May 14 - A leading hotel in Derby, in the United Kingdom - Cathedral Quarter Hotel - has been sold to a Sri Lankan company, Derbyshire Live news agency reported.

The Grade II-listed Cathedral Quarter Hotel in St Mary's Gate has been bought by Rashmi Dedigama and Peter Karan of Lavendish Leisure, a subsidiary of the Dedigama Group, for an undisclosed amount

The city centre hotel, where the late Queen Elizabeth II dined in 2010, which earned the head chef her personal thanks, has 38 individually designed ensuite bedrooms. It is a Victorian property that previously served as a police station and also as council headquarters.

In 2008, the previous owners, The Finesse Collection, purchased the property and converted it into a boutique hotel. The property still retains its period features, including Victorian mosaic floors, stained-glass windows and a grand central staircase.

This is the second UK hotel purchased by Lavendish Leisure, which has purchased eight hotels since 2005, with the parent company based in Sri Lanka. Rashmi Dedigama said: “We’re thrilled to be taking on this stunning period hotel which marks our second acquisition in the UK. We look forward to capitalising on the existing reputation of the hotel whilst putting our own stamp on it.”


  Comments - 19

  • Imrich Wednesday, 15 May 2024 01:30 AM

    Due to the recent financial struggle of people in SL, those pawn brokers must have secured immense amount of gold jewls.

    Ranil and his criminal friends Wednesday, 15 May 2024 02:12 AM

    Do the new owners have a rajapaksa surname?

    DOT Wednesday, 15 May 2024 10:41 AM

    Rajapakse connection through 3 party

    Ram Wednesday, 15 May 2024 03:32 AM

    It is worth checking if any SL politicians involved in the investment. Further it is for the UK Tax man to check how the buyer founded the purchase

    Tissa Fernando Wednesday, 15 May 2024 05:35 PM

    Also , ask them how diaspora has got immense wealth too.

    FredSnr Wednesday, 15 May 2024 04:43 AM

    Congratulations, wish we knew a little more about your business achievements, your road to the top, but congratulations anyway and wish you success in future

    Jagath Wednesday, 15 May 2024 04:49 AM

    Nirupama rajapaksa or nadesan?

    Terrence K Wednesday, 15 May 2024 08:22 AM

    Well done !entrepreneurs who have a vision to take out of the box decisions so that Sri Lanka will be etched in some way in the history of UK's hospitality industry.

    Ranga Wednesday, 15 May 2024 08:42 AM

    Unsure how this makes to news in Sri Lanka It has 38 rooms and $100 room rate makes is relatively small town story except the late Queens dining story Sri Lanka needs to grow up

    Ruwan Wednesday, 15 May 2024 08:49 AM

    Have the Opposition parties and Mahinda Rajapasas of UK issued statements and gone on the streets to protest against this selling of the historical UK hotel? And since the hotel is sold, when are they uprooting the building to bring it to Sri Lanka?

    Neo Wednesday, 15 May 2024 09:37 AM

    NPP might claim Rajapakshe's bought it.

    ANNECUNT Wednesday, 15 May 2024 11:36 AM

    anything to do with RAJAPAKSAS stolen money from the poor 22 million sri-lankans

    Lanka putha Wednesday, 15 May 2024 11:38 AM

    From Uganda with love

    Manopala Palinda Wednesday, 15 May 2024 04:38 PM

    Rajapassa has all these stolen money in the back to buy anything!!

    Tissa Fernando Wednesday, 15 May 2024 05:40 PM

    All Sri Lankans who are having dollars and assets abroad are enjoying 'Rajapaksha ' money as per stupid voters who believe Sajith, AKD, Champaka and Ranjan Ramanayake. If it is the case Rajapakshas have to maintain a big office to keep a record of all these Sri Lankans and their assets. Stupid voters believe these unproven theories and vote another bunch of thieves.

    Doctor Whatmore Thursday, 16 May 2024 12:04 PM

    Exactly. As if our country was so devloped prior to 2005. Go back and watch our old teledrama, the roads, towns to see how underdeveloped thise days. It s not an accident that our country is poor. People in offices, parliament, work places have poor mindset, that s the reason

    Ceylonese Wednesday, 15 May 2024 05:57 PM

    When India's richest man and Asia's richest billion aire Mukest Ambani together with India's Tata Industries are purchasing UK's top buisnesses real estate shopping complexes car manufacturing plants like Jaguar and Land Rover etc. it is only appropriate that Sri Lanka atleast gets a small piece of the kings country UK to call it's own.

    MSF Wednesday, 15 May 2024 10:19 PM

    Congratulations Dedigama group...proud to see you in the international investment arena. Sri Lankans like us should further encourage such investments globally in a very calculated manner. We are doing the same in UAE and India.

    FredSnr Thursday, 16 May 2024 09:23 AM

    And what are they purchasing in SL would you know it is so close to home they now want to build a bridge connecting the two


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