A luxury Bucks country house hotel which was facing a winding up petition over a debt to the taxman has paid up.

Danesfield House Hotel Ltd, which operates the four-star Danesfield House Hotel and Spa set in 65 acres in the Chilterns at Marlow, had earlier been given extra time by the High Court to settle an undisclosed tax debt due to HM Revenue & Customs.

At a resumed hearing in the High Court’s Insolvency and Companies Court in London on Wednesday (February 12), Judge Mark Mullen was told by HMRC's barrister that the debt had now been paid and he asked for the tax authority's winding up petition to be dismissed.

The judge agreed and dismissed the petition.

The limited company has two Lebanese directors, Wassim Kheireddine and Marwan Kheireddine, based in Beirut.

Had the company been wound up on Wednesday, its affairs would effectively have been handed over to an Official Receiver.

His job would then have been to do his best to ensure that debts are paid off by selling any assets available and then bringing business to a close.

Danesfield House was built in 1901 as a family home for Robert William Hudson. The estate was originally purchased in 1750 by John Morton, who renamed it Danesfield.