The Manor Hotel at Weston-on-the-Green near Bicester in Oxfordshire has been placed on the market with Colliers International with an asking price of £5.6 million for the freehold.
The four-star, 32-bedroom hotel has been under the same ownership since 2012 with the Grade-II listed building dating back to the Domesday Book in the 11th century.
As well as its 32 bedrooms, the Manor Hotel is also home to wedding space, the Knot Garden, The Baron’s Hall restaurant which has 46 covers, plus a Minstrels’ Gallery and Bertie’s Bar.
The property was extensively refurbished in 2014, with its owners now deciding the ‘time is right’ to hand over the reins of the business.
Peter Brunt, hotels director, Colliers International said: “There are development opportunities to create further bedrooms, plans for a wedding barn on site and to convert Rupert’s cottage into a spa or further bedrooms. All are subject to the necessary planning consents.
“Our clients bought the hotel in 2012 – the previous owners had owned it for 30 years and the hotel required upgrading. This was undertaken in 2014 with considerable expenditure since. But our clients have other business interests and have decided the time is right to move on and give new owners the opportunity to enjoy this magnificent building.”
With origins dating back to the Domesday Book, the original Weston Manor House can be traced to the 11th century when it belonged to Osney Abbey – until it was surrendered with all its lands during the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539.
Royalist hero Prince Rupert is said to have stayed at the Manor during the final years of the English Civil War – and has given his name to the Grade II listed cottage – currently used for staff accommodation.
The House was converted in to a hotel in 1940.