Former hotel Fallowfields in Oxfordshire finds out its fate as plans submitted for new housing

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A historic former hotel in Oxfordshire which closed suddenly in January 2016 could find out its fate as plans have been lodged to knock it down for housing.

Fallowfields in Southmoor near Abingdon is owned by Anthony and Peta Lloyd, who ran the property as a hotel for 20 years before closing for the final time last year.

They retired and said that even after eight years on the market, the building had only had one single offer, and the pressures of running accommodation, food and functions had forced the business to close.

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Now they have submitted a plan to demolish the building and put 35 homes in its place.

Anthony Lloyd said: “It’s very niche. We tried very hard to sell the place. The only way to continue competing at sensible prices was to spend a lot of money making us a boutique hotel, but the money wasn’t there to do that.”

Fallowfields, which boasted 3 AA rosettes before its closure, dates back to Elizabethan times but was constructed in its current form in the 18th century.

It was used as a farm, private house and even a workplace for prisoners of war before being taken over by the Lloyds as a fine-dining hotel.

The pair still live there but eventually want to move closer to family in London.

Last year a new manager was appointed who relaunched Fallowfields as an events venue for bespoke weddings and parties, but business soon fizzled out.

The couple and developer Terra Strategic are now seeking permission from Vale of White Horse District Council to demolish the building and nearby outbuildings, in place of homes ranging from one-four bedrooms in size.

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