Two new boutique hotels in south London giving planning permission

TWO new boutique hotels have been given the go-ahead in neighbouring boroughs of south London this week.

Lambeth Council’s Planning Application Committee approved a 50-room hotel in Waterloo and a planning sub-committee at Southwark Council gave the green light to a 7-room hotel in Bermondsey Street, reports hyperlocal website SE1.

The Lambeth hotel proposal in Waterloo is a revised version of a 40-room scheme at the site of a former bed and breakfast, which was originally approved back in December 2015.

A three storey bakery at 176-178 Bermondsey Street is to be demolished for the seven room bedroom hotel with restaurant and bar that has gained planning consent this week.

Former convent in Woodchester on sale for £4 million

A historic Grade II listed former convent-turned-hotel and music venue in the South Cotswolds has gone on sale.

The 17th century covent in Woodchester, Gloucestershire, has 14 bedrooms but is being sold with planning permission for an additional thirty rooms to be added.

Savills and Colston & Colston, on behalf of the joint receivers, Damian Webb and Phillip Rodney Sykes of RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP, have brought the hotel to market with an asking price of £4 million.

Martin Rogers, head of UK hotel transactions at Savills, comments: “This former convent is steeped in history and provides a fantastic opportunity to create a striking hotel in an area of the UK which is very popular with tourists.  The existing consent provides scope for developing the hotel business, while the property could also suit an alternative use, subject to securing planning permission.”

The convent is on a 12.8 acre plot and also includes a four bedroom lodge currently used as the owner’s accommodation.

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New Driftwood boutique hotel opens in Bexhill-on-Sea

A brand new boutique hotel has opened in the seaside town of Bexhill in East Sussex.

‘The Driftwood’ opened last week in Sackville Road – just a minute’s walk from the sea front and the iconic, Grade I listed De La Warr Pavilion.

The chic six bedroom hotel has been created in a three storey Victorian property which was most recently used as an antiques shop.

Seng Loy, who owns Hastings House hotel in nearby St Leonards, has teamed up with business partners Greg Hunt and Li Hong for the Driftwood.

Seng commented: “We were delighted to finally share months of hard work with everyone and to thank a number of key people for their support throughout the planning and refurbishment process.

We are excited to get this new venture up and running and look forward to welcoming guests to enjoy something a little bit different in Bexhill.”

The Driftwood also boasts a 28 seat restaurant where Austrian Michael Roessl is the head chef.

Photo: Driftwood Hotel / Simon Eldon.

 

 

Cornish boutique hotel overlooking the River Fowey up for sale

A BOUTIQUE hotel in Cornwall overlooking the River Fowey has been put up for sale.

The Cormorant Hotel in Fowey is a 14 en-suite bedroom hotel with an elevated position offering views across the river and the mouth of Penpoll Creek.

The hotel also has an award-winning restaurant and lounge, as well as a swimming pool, jacuzzi and sun deck in a separate building.

Savills has brought The Cormorant Hotel to market on behalf of a private client at a guide price of £1.5 million.

 

Martin Rogers, head of UK hotel transactions, comments: “The Cormorant Hotel’s location is exceptional, with the property geared towards making the most of the views across the estuary. The current owner has run the business very successfully for the last nine years and now wishes to retire. The property has great potential for development in the future.”

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New owner plans boutique hotel development at Bow Street Magistrates’ Court

ONE of the most famous magistrates’ courts in the country has been acquired by a new owner ahead of a boutique hotel conversion.

Bow Street Magistrates’ Court has been bought by investment firm BTC UK with plans for a £125 million redevelopment of the Grade II listed site.

Mayfair-based BTC UK purchased the site from Austrian hoteliers Rudolf and Christian Ploberger who already had plans to turn the property near Covent Garden in to a hotel.

BTC UK’s Managing Director Mehdi Ghalaie commented: “Bow Street Magistrates Court is an iconic part of London’s heritage and we are delighted to be bringing it back into public use. After many years under different owners, our focus is now on delivering a world class boutique hotel that befits the history of this landmark building.

“We will be engaging with English Heritage, Westminster City Council and the Metropolitan Police in our planning process to maintain the building’s illustrious legal heritage and history and to ensure that the traditions and spirit of Bow Street are preserved.”

High profile defendants that have appeared at the iconic courts, which closed in 2006, include Oscar Wilde, the Kray twins and the murderer Dr Crippen. Other investments by BTC UK since it was founded last year include the Soho Coffee Company and Apostrophe cafés.

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