Ex-Tiller Girl sells Brockenhurst boutique off £1.5m guide price after four decades at the helm

The former famous Tiller Girl Avril Owton has sold her three-star Brockenhurst boutique hotel following over four decades in charge.

Owton, who took over Cloud Hotel on the outskirts of the New Forest National Park in the 1970s, has handed over the reins to experienced hotel operators Chris Legg and Stewart Wills, who had been looking to relocate.

The 17-bedroom hotel, comprising of three lounges, a bar, 50-cover restaurant conservatory, function room and one bedroom owner’s accommodation, was sold off a guide price of £1.5m after first going on the market in May 2016.

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Owton: “Having owned the Cloud Hotel for over 42 years, I am delighted to be handing over the reins to seasoned hoteliers, Chris Legg and Stewart Willis who I am sure will continue to take the business from strength to strength.”

Ed Bellfield, regional director of Christie & Co’s Winchester office who handled the sale comments: “I am delighted to have facilitated this sale on behalf of Avril and wish her all the best as she looks forward to a very well earned retirement.

“The New Forest is a highly sought after location for hotel operators and due to the shortfall of hotel businesses coming to market, we are experiencing significant demand from hotel owners, operators and investors.”

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