A boutique hotel in North Devon has gone up for auction and is bidding to become the hot destination for a celebrity chef’s next eatery.
The Grade-II listed Manor House is being marketed by Clive Emson Auctioneers, who describes the property as ‘probably the single most stunning restaurant/boutique hotel opportunity to come to the market in the West Country for a long time’, before it goes under the hammer on September 22.
The leasehold for the historic property is up for auction after the death of its previous owner Martin Miller in December 2013. He bought the property in 2012 before transforming it into a boutique hotel, consisting of 10 individually-designed bedrooms.
Speaking ahead of the auction, Tony Meakin, mayor of Lynton and Lynmouth, said he hoped a celebrity chef would see the potential of the hotel and take up the position of owner.
The property dates back to 1086, when reference is made to the Manor of Lintona in the Domesday Book of that year.
The whole site comprises the hotel along with a separate cottage, independent holiday accommodation and a range of outbuildings, all with large gardens on the seafront.
Speaking to the North Devon Journal, Dean Warmington, director of joint auctioneers Underwood Warmington, said he is hopeful that the manor house can be restored to its former glory and put Lynmouth on the map.
"A national auction allows us to introduce it to potential buyers from the UK and abroad who will see it as a real opportunity," he said.
"I’m hopeful there will be someone who sees its potential and can put it on the map."
The 125-year leasehold will be sold by auction on September 22 at St Mellion International Resort from 11am for a guide price of £85,000 to £115,000.