The Coaching Inn Group has acquired The Feathers Hotel in Ledbury, Herefordshire, for an undisclosed sum, as part of its £50m expansion programme.

The acquisition takes the group to 14 sites, with more than 400 rooms. It plans to reach a 25-strong estate by the end of 2019.

Owned by the Elliston family for more than 40 years, the 21-bedroom Feathers Hotel is situated on the High Street in the heart of the busy market town of Ledbury and has operated as a hotel since 1564.

The Coaching Inn Group chief executive, Kevin Charity, said: “We’re delighted to have acquired The Feathers Hotel. It’s a great example of the attributes we look for in our properties: a busy market town location and a business that appeals to local people as well as discerning visitors and tourists. The property also benefits from a passionate team and we look forward to welcoming them into the Group and supporting them with the excellent work they do.

“The past 12 months have seen us invest more than £4m refurbishing our existing properties and this latest acquisition, part of our £50m expansion plan, puts us on track to have 25 properties in the next two years.”