If you are rich enough, you can do pretty much what you want. So it appears that the reclusive Barclay brothers, who live on the Channel Island of Brecqhou, have decided to close their four hotels on the neighbouring island of Sark because, well, because they can. No reason has been given for the move, which has been made despite 2014 visitor numbers increasing on the previous year.
Not everyone is complaining. One of the remaining Sark hotels is reporting a 25% surge in 2015 bookings – though no enterprising locals have yet listed their spare rooms on Airbnb. And there has been no indication yet whether the Barclays will adopt the same mothballing strategy at their other hotels – the Ritz, Claridges, the Connaught and the Berkeley.