A HOTEL manager who has helped more than 800 happy couples achieve their dream wedding has taken charge at a ‘Downton Abbey’ of North Wales.
Daniel Perks is leading the team at Soughton Hall Hotel, a wedding venue near Northop in Flintshire.
It was remodelled in the early 1800s by Sir Charles Barry whose work includes the Houses of Parliament and Highclere Castle – home of the Crawley family in the ITV hit Downton Abbey.
Daniel, 37, who has worked for leading international and UK based hotel chains, said he had landed his “dream job” at the 14-bedroom, Grade II* listed former Bishop’s Palace, which was last year bought by Manchester-based family firm, Elle R Leisure.
He also revealed the hotel was on course to smash its target of tripling the number of weddings hosted at the grand hall in a year, from 30 to 100, by the end of 2018.
Daniel, who lives in at Soughton Hall Hotel with his wife Cheryl and their beagle puppy, said: “I knew of Soughton Hall, before I was contacted about the job of general manager, but I had never been so before the job interview, I came to have a look.
“At that point, I hardly dared get my hopes up or allow myself to fall in love with the place because when you come down that driveway and see the building for the first time, it is impossible not to be very impressed.
“I consider myself very fortunate to have got the role and I want to bring all my past experience and skills here to ensure more people get to know about what a special hotel and wedding venue this is.”