EYE NEWSFLASH! Surprise new owner of Humberts is revealed

The new owner of Humberts has been announced.

The buyer is a holiday lets business called Natural Retreats.

The sale was handled by business recovery and restructuring business Begbies Traynor. All of Humberts’ business has been included in the sale, but the price has not been disclosed.

Managing director Ian Westerling will stay with the business, and the jobs of current staff are safeguarded.

Some 50 employees earlier lost their jobs before the firm went into administration.

The deal was negotiated as part of a pre-pack sale of the business by joint administrators Paul Wood and Simon Haskew. The brand, Humberts, is to be preserved.

Westerling said: “Following a very competitive bidding process, we are absolutely delighted that Natural Retreats group of companies and investors has decided to purchase Humberts.

“For us, the business is a perfect fit and there will be mutually beneficial crossovers.

“We have a shared vision of ensuring exemplary customer service, innovative use of prop tech, and already have complementary business streams.

“We are extremely excited about the potential and we look forward to the company’s future as it embarks on its next stage of its journey.”

Natural Retreats was founded by CEO Matt Spence in 2006 after he developed his first holiday let location on his family’s farm.

Since then the business has expanded both in the UK and in the USA.

It has over 1,000 hand-picked properties across the countries on their books.

Spence said: “It’s business as usual for Humberts. The company remains at the heart of the community across the UK where we’re looking forward to building on our existing relationships and forging new ones.”




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  1. Ed Mead

    Good, really happy to see the Brand has been saved.

  2. smile please

    Great news, all it needs is the right management.


  3. AgentV

    I hope the turnaround in fortunes is significant and long lasting. Best wishes to Ian and all the staff!

  4. GuyCharrison

    Humberts is a great old name, a national and respected brand and I wish the new owners and the staff great success with the firm.

  5. 1TB

    Fantastic news!  I’m so pleased for all those involved.

  6. ajl12no

    Great news and great good luck moving ahead in the future.


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