RedCat Inns acquires Dorset site for £1.7m

Manor House Hotel, a Grade-II listed 16th Century site in Dorset, has been sold to RedCat Inns off a guide price of £1.7m.

The West Bexington hotel is situated in part of the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and was previously owned by David and Alison Allen since 2010.

The couple decided to sell the property, with an associated four-bedroom owner’s house, following their decision to retire.

Before the sale, the couple had extensively upgraded the 13-bedroom stone building, which includes a restaurant in the oldest part of the building with stone flagged floors, exposed beams and a feature stone fireplace.

The site also features a cellar bar which is popular with local residents and reportedly acts as the village pub. It leads out onto two acres of gardens, which can accommodate a 150-person marquee for weddings and events.

The hotel is also walking distance from Chesil beach on the Jurassic Coast, which is the largest tombolo beach in the UK, and only six miles from the market town of Bridport.

David Allen said: “We have thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Manor Hotel in this wonderful location overlooking Lyme Bay. We would like to thank our dedicated staff, customers and suppliers for their support, and wish RedCat Inns every success in the future.”

Ed Jefferson from Colliers’ Hotels team, who handled the sale, said: “With RedCat’s recent high number of independent and unique hotel acquisitions, including a previous deal through Colliers for New Dungeon Ghyll in the Lake District, we thought this would be another great opportunity for them.

“We are glad that they have recognised the appeal of this thriving business along the Dorset coast, which is attractive to visitors all year round. I wish David and Alison a very happy retirement.”

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