Hoteliers put £1m hotel up for raffle

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A couple who own a hotel in Dovercourt, Harwich are giving away their much-loved property in a prize draw, charging just £1,000 a ticket.

Owners of Hotel Continental, Gordon and Blossom Hoyles, have run the business for 18 years and decided to take the gamble after being told it could take two years to sell the property in the current market.

They both appeared on Channel 4’s Four in a Bed in 2012 and hope to start selling tickets with the £1,000 price tag within a month.

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The 14-bedroom hotel overlooks Dovercourt Bay and has a bar, 24-cover restaurant and terrace garden.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Mr Hoyles said: “One morning I woke up at 3.30am, went to the bar and said to our night porter I would raffle the hotel.

“I started to look into it and found we could do it as a prize draw. We got a solicitor and started putting it together.

“Blossom and I think it’s time for a change. I haven’t got that much time to spare and I don’t want to be arguing over trifles at 80 plus.

“Going might be a bit traumatic – a bit painful, but having decided to go we want to go quickly.

“It seems a good thing to give the winner an instant, exciting, life-changing, lucky day.”

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