A hotel in an up-and-coming part of Bournemouth has been sold to new owners, allaying fears that it may be demolished or converted into flats.
The Cliff House Hotel in Southbourne has been bought by Kathrynn and Richard Norris, who have announced that the big re-launch event will take place today (New Year’s Eve).
The hotel will then officially reopen in January.
The couple, who live in Bournemouth, exchanged contracts on the 14-bedroom business earlier this month after a six-month process.
Richard is a chef who has previously worked at The Mytton and Mermaid Hotel in Shropshire.
Fears that the hotel’s days were numbered were fuelled by a planning application by a developer, which stated that it was “extremely unlikely” that the property would be used for tourism again and that it was no longer viable as a hotel.
Lynn Kravos, Saxe Coburg’s sale manager, the estate agent that facilitated the sale, said: “This sale is excellent news for Southbourne, keeping tourism alive in the area.”
In its former guise, the Cliff House Hotel was not without success, scooping several awards at local level since it was renovated from a conference centre into a boutique hotel in 2014.
West Southbourne ward councillor Blair Crawford was also very positive about the reopening: “I was pleased to hear it was staying as a hotel”, he said.
“The shopping areas around Southbourne have been doing quite well in a challenging time for the high street and the hotels are having a similar battle.
“It was a concern that it could be converted into flats or demolished. When you get a building up for sale you can fear the worst.”
Cliff House Hotel opened as a boutique hotel in 2014 by owner Andrew Gosling, after an extensive renovation project, preserving many of the original period features of the Victorian hotel.
Within two years of opening its doors Cliff House Hotel had scooped a number of awards including Best Small Hotel – Bournemouth Tourism Awards 2016; Best Loved Hotels Best Small Hotel 2016; Dorset Tourism Awards 2016 Bronze for Best Small/Boutique Hotel of the Year 2016, to name a few.