von Essen hotels has reported an increase in late bookings over the Easter weekend despite going into administration last month. The luxury hotel chain said the good weather and double bank holidays weekend had helped the rise in sales, with almost 400 room nights sold in seven days. Of these, Cliveden House in Berkshire registered 100% occupancy on Saturday 23 April after 60 room nights were booked in seven days and its Moonfleet Manor, Homewood Park, The Royal Crescent, Ston Easton Park and Woolley Grange recorded occupancy of more than 90%. Its restaurants have also seen an increase in sales off the back of the hotel stays. “Brilliant summer weather contributed to an increase in our food & beverage sales last weekend,” said Charles Prew, chief executive of von Essen. He added that the company was positive for the month ahead. “With bookings for the May Bank Holiday already ahead of last year we are pleased with the outlook of the business,” he said.