A rare opportunity has arisen to acquire a former military bunker built in the Cold War on the coast of Devon.
The Grade-II listed Hope Cove bunker, situated in an an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the South Hams, is on the market for £900k for the freehold and subject to planning, has huge potential to be converted into a uniquely-themed hotel.
Constructed after the Second World War in the event of strikes from the Soviet bloc, the bunker was originally equipped to be part of an elaborate radar system but it never became operational and instead it was actively used as an RAF Fighter Control School in the late 1950s.
The building was then converted into a Regional Seat of Government as a bomb-proof hideout for senior staff who would have controlled the south west of England if a nuclear attack had taken place.
Following the collapse of the Soviet Union and local government reorganisation, staffing levels were reduced and the bunker eventually closed its doors, being sold to private purchasers in the 1990s.
Today, the building provides extensive accommodation across 33 0000 sq ft, featuring 56 rooms arranged over two levels, and the total site stretches across four acres.
LSH Hotels director Simon Stevens, who is overseeing the sale, said: “This is a rare and fascinating building which needs to be viewed to fully appreciate its potential and exceptional location. In one direction you have sea views, the other you have the countryside and Dartmoor National Park – it really is uniquely situated. We are expecting significant interest in this sale from a variety of potential purchasers.”
Inside, the bunker is in good condition and it still houses many of the original features and contents, most of which are included within the sale, including a vast air conditioning plant room and high quality teak flooring.
A 150 ft radio transmission mast is also included which produces an annual income of circa £11k.