A Grade-II listed hotel in Burford in the Cotswolds has been sold to hospitality veterans, further demonstrating the strength of the market in the region.
The Highway Inn has been acquired by Scott Williamson and Ian Apsley who have operated at various levels in hospitality during the past two decades, with experience in hotels and restaurants, both in the UK and internationally.
They are also well-versed in the Cotswolds’ market, having owned and operated a property in Oxfordshire previously.
The sale of the property marks the popularity of the Cotswold town for incoming owners, with Burford House and Burford Lodge having been sold prior.
Highway Inn was bought by its current owners three years ago who are now selling the business to focus on their family.
New owner Williamson said that the property has ‘huge potential’ and due to the high level of competition in the region, the pair will be focusing on how they can add value to the offering.
He said: “I will be running the day to day operations. It’s a big lifestyle change from working in Surrey and London, but Burford is in the heart of one of the most beautiful parts of the world and there are lots of people coming in to the area.”
The Highway Inn is located on the main road through Burford, and near to the River Windrush. It includes a three-bedroom owners’ flat as well as 10 bedrooms.
In addition to accommodation, the bar and restaurant area overlooks the High Street and can seat between 30 and 40 people. There is also a private dining room which can seat a further 25. The courtyard and High Street picnic tables and accommodate a further 40 people.