Iconic seaside hotel that inspired Enid Blyton’s Famous Five adventures sold off £15m guide price

Knoll House hotel

Knoll House Hotel in Studland Bay, Dorset, which is said to have inspired Enid Blyton’s Famous Five series, has been sold off a guide price of £15m to a new owner.

The 84-bedroom hotel set in 4.33 acres of woodland first went up for sale in 2015, after being owned by the Ferguson family since 1959.

Knoll House Hotel started life as a summer residence for the aristocratic Bankes family in the early 1900s before being turned into a six-bedroom hotel by Chris and Poppy Smith in 1931.

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During the 1950s and 60s, it was a favourite hotel of Blyton, who would visit three or four times a year and while there she would write stories inspired by her own countryside adventures that would go on to become the Famous Five novels.

Alongside its 84 bedrooms, the hotel has a restaurant, leisure facilities including a pitch and putt course and tennis courts.

The official statement from Savills says that the property has been sold ‘to a high net worth individual for an undisclosed price’.

Martin Rogers, head of UK hotel transactions at Savills, comments: “We are delighted to have secured new owners for Knoll House as the owners head into retirement following nearly 60 years of business. The UK regional hotel market continues to attract investors’ attention as they look for long term income security and well known local assets.”

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