Lulworth Lodge sold to growing South West group headed up by entrepreneur Edward Wilkes

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A boutique hotel in Lulworth Cove, Dorset, has been sold to South West hospitality entrepreneur Edward Wilkes and will join his growing portfolio of ‘Petite Hotels’.

The 12-bedroom boutique Lulworth Lodge was on the market for £150k for a 10-year free-of-tie lease and will now join Limestone Hotel and the Lyme Town House in Lyme Regis as part of Wilkes’ brand called Petite Hotels.

Now he plans to create ‘an affordable beachside hotel and bistro’ at Lulworth Lodge, in keeping with the other boutique properties in the portfolio.

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“The Lodge was a beautiful old mill house and had changed hands several times. Our neighbours are really excited at the prospect of our re-launch,” said Mr Wilkes, who is originally from Poole.

He added that he never imagined he would be returning to his home county after a career which has taken him to Switzerland, London and the Caribbean.

Ed Jefferson, from the South West hotels team at Colliers International, said: “Lulworth Lodge is a well-known business in the area and there was huge interest in the property. With strong accommodation, good prospects for extending the food and beverage side of the business, and a fabulous location, we believe Edward Wilkes and his team have identified a fantastic niche business opportunity to attract smart ‘staycationers’ from all over the country.”

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