A holiday company that ran short breaks and hotels around the country - including four in Cornwall - has gone into administration.

As a result all tours, cruises, holidays and hotel breaks booked with the Specialist Leisure Group have been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.

The impact of Covid-19 has been given as the reason behind the company's collapse.

All hotels trading as Bay Hotels, Coast & Country Hotels and Country Living Hotels will not reopen.

In Cornwall this affects The Ship & Castle Hotel in St Mawes, the Bay Marina Hotel and Bay Beresford Hotel in Newquay, and the Bay St Ives Bay Hotel, St Ives.

The group also owned coach tours company Shearings, which ran holidays around Cornwall, as well as National Holidays, UK Breakaways.com, Caledonian Travel, Wallace Arnold Travel and Sporting Breaks.com.

A statement on the company's website states: "All package holiday bookings, including organised tours and cruises, have been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.

"All customers with cancelled package holiday bookings, which include organised travel, are expected to have financial protection.

"Customers with Holiday Credit Notes, issued for package holidays cancelled since March 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, may have the same financial protection as under their original booking."

Details on refunds for specific holiday packages can be found at www.specialistleisuregroup.com

All Wallace Arnold Travel shops are now permanently closed and any customer who booked a holiday through a travel agent that was not Wallace Arnold Travel should contact that agent in the first instance.

Customers who purchased a Shearings, National Holidays or UK Breakaways holiday through Wallace Arnold Travel should refer to the information on the Specialist Leisure Group website to confirm their options to claim a refund for their cancelled holiday.

Only holidays operated by tour operators in the Specialist Leisure Group have been cancelled, as a result of the administration.

For any customer who booked a holiday through Wallace Arnold Travel, for a trip arranged by a tour operator not in the Specialist Leisure Group, their holiday booking should be unaffected.

Tour operators that are not part of the Specialist Leisure Group include, but are not limited to, Jet2 Holidays, Tui, P&O Cruises and Butlins.

Anyone not eligible for a refund in any of the ways mentioned on the Specialist Leisure Group may be entitled to submit a claim in the administration of the Specialist Leisure Group, as an unsecured creditor.

However, administrators have warned: "You should only make a claim as an unsecured creditor if you have exhausted all other options. At this early stage, it is not known if any money will be available to meet such claims."

Full details of how to do this can also be found on the website.

The administrators will be contacting all known creditors of the Specialist Leisure Group in due course and employees of companies in the Specialist Leisure Group are being contacted separately by the administrators.

Full list of hotels previously operated by the Specialist Leisure Group:

Bay Hotels

Bay Dilkhusa Grand Hotel, Ilfracombe

Bay Carlton Hotel, Great Yarmouth

Bay Prince of Wales Hotel, Berkeley

Bay Great Western Hotel, Oban

Bay Highland Hotel, Strathpeffer

Bay Royal Whitby Hotel, Whitby

Bay Tarbet Hotel, Loch Lomond

Bay Broadway Park Hotel, Sandown

Bay Marina Hotel, Newquay

Bay Majestic Bournemouth Hotel, Bournemouth

Bay Eden Arms Hotel, Rushyford

Bay Majestic Eastbourne Hotel, Eastbourne

Bay Grand Hotel, Exmouth

Bay Marine Hotel, Llandudno

Bay Royal Weymouth Hotel, Weymouth

Bay Caledonian Hotel, Fort William

Bay New Southlands Hotel, Scarborough

Bay Libertys Hotel, Blackpool

Bay Norbreck Hotel, Scarborough

Bay Torbay Hotel, Torquay

Bay Esplanade Hotel, Paignton

Bay St Ives Bay Hotel, St Ives

Bay Tor Park Hotel, Torquay

Bay Waverley Castle Hotel, Melrose

Bay Burlington Hotel, Eastbourne

Bay County Hotel, Llandudno

Bay Valley of Rocks Hotel, Lynton

Bay Beresford Hotel, Newquay

Bay Strathmore Hotel, Morecambe

Bay Savoy Hotel, Bournemouth

Bay Grand Atlantic Hotel, Weston-super-Mare

Coast & Country Hotels

The Ship & Castle Hotel, St Mawes

The Charlecote Pheasant, Stratford upon Avon

The Imperial Tenby, Tenby

The Grand Atlantic, Weston-super-Mare

The Windermere Hotel, Windermere

Country Living Hotels

Country Living Lansdown Grove, Bath

Country Living St George, Harrogate