A new lease of life has been given to Owston Hall Hotel and the wider estate. In late 2022, the Martin family purchased the 32-bedroom country house hotel Owston Hall. Along with its championship golf course the family have plans to restore the hall to its former glory and develop the estate into multi-outlet leisure destination.


The Martin family, headed by Doncaster-born businessman Richard Martin have grand plans for the estate, which they have always had close connections with.

“My father played golf here at Owston Hall Hotel and I have always used the hotel myself, being a great admirer of this wonderful property. When the opportunity arose to purchase the estate, it made perfect sense to me as I always felt that it had so much potential”.


Richard, now semi-retired, has a great track record of growing businesses within Doncaster, most notably Synetiq, which was formally Motorhog – previously known as Doncaster Motor spares and started by Richard’s father in the 1930’s.




The whole Martin family are extremely excited about the Owston estate project, testament to this is the inclusion of Kristy Martin, Richard’s daughter in the project. Kristy has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the spa, beauty and wellness sector and she brings all those attributes with her in the role of Business Development and Spa Director.


Kristy commented, “We are a family-run business that wants to deliver exceptional experiences and the highest levels of service. Our proposed spa plans which will see an expansion to the current spa area aims to set the scene for guests to flourish, relax and create a safe place. I believe that once the spa reopens, it will elevate the guest’s experience and assist the city of Doncaster in becoming a true destination. We are really excited about the plans and cannot wait to share them with everyone.”


To spearhead the new project, Owston Hall is also delighted to announce the appointment of award-winning General Manager, Joseph Farrar. Joseph is a Doncaster native who is returning to his hometown after many years away managing some of the top hotels in the region. He joins Owston Hall Hotel after most recently leaving his role as General Manager of the 4 Star, 2 rosette, Holdsworth House Hotel in West Yorkshire. An experienced, ambitious and driven hotelier, Joseph commented about the project:

“I share the vision of the property with the Martin family, this is a fantastic property with so much untapped potential. I am really excited about the project and the opportunity to develop the business into a leading country house estate in the region, something which Doncaster and its new city status deserves.”


Richard Martin said about Joseph’s appointment, “We are confident that Joseph is the right man for the job to help us push Owston Hall Hotel forward and establish the entire estate. Joseph has a wealth of experience and is a local lad so bringing him home to Doncaster made a lot of sense to us all. We are all excited about what we can achieve together.”

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