Historic Sussex Hotels has acquired the Black Horse in Climping, West Sussex to add to its family-owned portfolio.
The group bought the Grade-II listed 17th century property off a guide price of £500,000 for the freehold though leisure property specialists Fleurets.
The property was previously owned by Ei Group, who said they have sold the site to ‘excellent operators’ in Historic Sussex Hotels.
The HSH portfolio comprises Ockenden Manor, The Spread Eagle Hotel and Bailiffscourt, which is over the road from the Black Horse.
The acquisition will help to encourage longer stays with the option of visiting both sites to stay and dine.
The Black Horse will now undergo an extensive refurbishment before reopening to the public in the spring of 2020.
A spokesperson for the company commented: “We are excited to add The Black Horse in Climping to our portfolio and look forward to beautifully restoring the pub to its former glory. Each of our hotels and spas are unique in style, character and history and united in a commitment to offering a relaxing, friendly and welcoming atmosphere. As a family we are passionate about hospitality and delivering the highest standards of comfort, service and food.”
Historic Sussex Hotels dates back almost 60 years with the acquisition of the Spread Eagle in Sussex, followed by the addition of Ockenden Manor in 1987, before Bailiffscourt came along in 1993.
Today the portfolio is run by Pontus Carminger and his wife Miranda alongside her father Sandy Goodman.