A hotel in the New Forest that is thought to have inspired author Lewis Carroll to pen his tales of Alice in Wonderland has been acquired by a major Bournemouth landowner.
A former Georgian country house, the East Close Hotel near Hinton, has been snapped up by Meyrick Estate, who has now unveiled plans to restore and refurbish the building and its 18 acres of parkland, in a bid to bring it back to its place at the ‘heart of the community’.
Meyrick Estate owns several properties in Bournemouth’s East Cliff area, including the Cliff End Hotel which has stood empty for more than 10 years.
Now with this new purchase under its belt, the next few months will see Meyrick Estate work to give the East Close Hotel a refresh and market the business as an attractive proposition for local business events, conferences and weddings.
Estate representative Jonathan Ogden said: “During the coming months work is being undertaken to restore and refurbish the country mansion and also to create an even warmer welcome in the hotel’s restaurant and bar – whether for a drink or a meal.”