A country house hotel in Hampshire’s New Forest has gone on the market for £1.6m, with the plot including planning permission for a host of new facilities.
Woodlands Lodge, a former hunting lodge dating back to 1770, is a three-storey detached building set within three acres of private gardens and has been owned by Robert & Imogene Anglaret since 2011.
The hotel features 17 bedrooms, a lounge bar, function and conference rooms, an AA Rosette restaurant, the Cattle Grid and its own kitchen garden, plus owners’ accommodation which is available under separate negotiation off a guide price of £550k.
There is also extensive planning permission granted for a two-storey extension to create eight new bedrooms, a single storey health and fitness centre, wedding pavilion and approval to transform an existing garage into additional staff bedrooms, giving a new owner plenty of scope to grow the business.
Mr & Mrs Anglaret comment: “It is a tough decision to sell our business which we have enjoyed running since 2011, however, we feel the time is right for a new operator to take the helm. With scope to implement planning permission for the spa and leisure facilities, it provides an exciting opportunity to grow the hotel and take it to the next level.”
Ed Bellfield, regional director at Christie & Co’s Winchester office is handling the sale and says: “Woodlands Lodge presents a unique opportunity to acquire a successful freehold hotel in what is a highly sought-after location in the heart of the New Forest National Park. Lying only six miles to the west of Southampton and just 10 minutes from Junction 2 of the M27 motorway, it is very easily accessible, and we expect strong interest.”