A Grade-II listed country inn in Burford in the Cotswolds has been sold to experienced hospitality operators, following a hotly-contested bidding process that attracted interested parties from New Zealand.
The Inn for All Seasons has been purchased by Eddie and Melanie Hillier, who sold the Ty Newedd Country Hotel in South Wales earlier in the year.
The outgoing operators first acquired the property in 1986, with the present generation taking over in 1997.
Now the Hilliers plan to give the traditional inn ‘a little TLC’ to create a country pub with good food and a warm welcome.
The Inn for All Seasons, which includes parts believed to date from 1664, was on the market for a short time attracting significant interest from both independent and chain operators.
The building has nine bedrooms, and comes complete with exposed beams, flagstone floors, Cotswold stone walls and large fireplaces.
Peter Brunt, hotels director with Colliers International, said the classic Cotswolds pub in Burford – widely regarded as the gateway to the Cotswolds – had been at the top of many would-be owners’ wish lists.
He said: “The Inn for All Seasons is one of only two hotel/pubs on the 24 mile stretch of the A40 between Burford and Cheltenham, and sits in a comfortable two acre site bordering the historic Barrington Estate. The new owners will have a business that is showing strong revenue growth.”
He added: “This is the latest in a series of sales I have handled in the Cotswolds and would-be owners seem to be scouring Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire for a property like this.”
Said to have been named by a former owner who had worked on the 1966 film ‘A Man for All Seasons’, the inn has a long history and attracts visitors virtually year round.