Four star boutique hotel in Manchester acquired for £12.5 million

A boutique hotel in the heart of Manchester city centre has changed hands for £12.5 million.

The Townhouse Hotel in Portland Street has been acquired from Harcourt Developments by Fragrance Group Limited.

Built in 1870, the Grade II listed property was originally a cotton warehouse and has been a hotel since 1982.

Martin Rogers, head of UK hotel transactions at Savills, commented: “We are very pleased to have acquired this well-established hotel on behalf of our client.  The hotel investment market in the North is performing strongly with transactions totalling £304 million in the first half of this year alone.”

The newly acquired four star hotel will now join the stable of hotels operated by Bespoke Hotels.

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Boutique hotel planned for Plymouth’s Royal William Yard

PLANS for a new boutique hotel in the heart of historic Royal William Yard at Plymouth have been announced.

Popular French restaurant Bistrot Pierre, which has been at RWY since 2014, is to expand its offering to include a 14 room hotel.

‘Bistrot Pierre Rooms’ will open in the Georgian Grade I listed Residence One building, with a blend of original features and contemporary additions promised.

The rooms will be designed by Gillespie Yunnie Architects who are also the lead architects on the broader Royal William Yard development.

Emily Handslip, director of the regeneration company Urban Splash, commented: “I am absolutely delighted to announce that we have taken our relationship with Bistrot Pierre to the next level and that visitors will now be able to staycation at the Yard for the first time.

“The Yard’s fortunes have been completely transformed; from a disused, rundown and unloved space just ten years ago, to what is now one of the best places to live, work and play in the South West. Bistrot Pierre Rooms is another fantastic dimension to what’s on offer.”

Rob Beacham, director at Bistrot Pierre, added: “We are really excited about the opportunity to open Bistrot Pierre with Rooms in Plymouth. It’s a model that has worked well for us elsewhere and The Yard is such a stunning place and so successful for us, it felt like the natural next step.”

Built between 1826-1831 and designed by Sir John Rennie, Royal William Yard is a former Royal Navy victualling depot in the Stonehouse area of the city which has been turned into a mixed use development with homes, restaurants and shops. The new hotel is expected to open later this year.


Design revealed for Exeter’s Royal Clarence Hotel rebuild

ONE of the oldest hotels in the country could be open again in 2019 after it was devastated by a fire last year.

Designs have been made public today which show how the hotel, which dates back to the mid 18th century, could look after it is rebuilt.

The Royal Clarence Hotel, operating under the Abode brand, was destroyed in October last year after a fire spread from an adjoining property.

The designs for the rebuilt hotel show a frontage which return the property to its previous glory as one of Exeter’s most important buildings, just across the square from Exeter Cathedral.

Hotel owner Andrew Brownsword commented, “This is such a wonderful moment, after the initial heartbreak and months of deconstruction, to start to look towards to the future and to restoring the Royal Clarence’s historic frontage.

“As we said at the time of the fire, our aim has always been to preserve as many surviving features of historic and architectural importance as we can and, where possible, incorporate them into the rebuild. I’m delighted with the proposed new façade and we look forward to hearing comments from the people of Exeter and to restoring our corner of Cathedral Green back to its former glory”

David Shatwell of Buttress Architects added: “Having taken every effort to stabilise the building, save as much as possible of what remains and prepare detailed research into the history of the building… we are delighted to now be taking the first steps toward rebuilding this beautiful building.”

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Grade II listed boutique hotel in Maidstone acquired by experienced operator

A SEVENTEEN bedroom boutique hotel in Maidstone town centre has been sold.

The Grade II listed Town House Hotel in King Street had been marketed with a guide price of £1.19 million.

Dating back to the start of the 19th century, the former rectory turned hotel and restaurant has been purchased by an “experienced operator.”

Andrew Moore, Director in Christie & Co’s Maidstone office who handled the sale commented, “This sale continues to demonstrate the high demand from buyers for good quality hotels throughout the South East of England, with both first-time and experienced purchasers showing interest in sites. We anticipate this demand to continue, making it a great time for hotel owners in the region who are considering a sale.”

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Five star boutique hotel in Brighton up for sale

A FIVE star boutique hotel in trendy Brighton has gone on the market.

Grade II listed Kemp Townhouse is a mid-terrace property in Atlingworth St in the Kemptown area of the city.

Located close to the sea front with eleven guest rooms, a bar and guest lounge, Kemp Townhouse is Brighton’s only five star boutique hotel.

Andrew Moore, Director at Christie & Co who is handling the sale commented, “Kemp Townhouse presents a fantastic opportunity for an operator to acquire an award-winning and successful guest house in a fabulous location.

“Just a short walk from Brighton Pier, it is popular with both domestic and overseas tourists and has lots of potential to develop its current offering.”

An asking price of £1.250m is being sought for the freehold.