Marcel Butchey, owner of the Idlewyld Inn, has announced the Grand Avenue boutique hotel will close its doors on Tuesday. (CRAIG GLOVER, The London Free Press)
The Idlewyld Inn on Grand Ave. is ceasing operations Tuesday, owner Marcel Butchey told The Free Press.
"After two years it's time to try something else," he said Monday. "It was a business and personal decision."
Butchey plans to put the three-storey Victorian-style mansion on the market soon.
The closing leaves about 30 workers without jobs.
Butchey bought the Idlewyld Inn in 2011. It was originally built for former London mayor Charles Hyman in 1878 and became a luxury inn in 1986.
Butchey converted five ground-floor suites into offices, dining space and conference rooms. He maintained the Idlewyld's historic feel by keeping antique furniture in the rooms while outfitting them with flat-screen televisions and installing wireless Internet.
Butchey rebranded the hotel's restaurant as Avenue Dining, bringing in renowned London chef Alfred Estephan, who previously worked at Sunningdale Golf and Country Club.
"I'm happy to see what we've been able to accomplish in two years," Butchey said.
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1878: Idlewyld mansion built as private home for businessperson Charles Hyman, a London mayor and federal cabinet minister
1930s: sold to Ernest Moore who converts the mansion into luxury apartments
late 1960: made into home for the aged
1986: opens as a luxury inn
2013: Owner Marcel Butchey decides to sell the Idlewyld, billed as London's historic boutique hotel with 19 guest rooms, banquet facilities and restaurant