The Shropshire hotel which was at the centre of a fatal outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease last year has been put up for sale for £2.65m.
Dating back to the 17th century, the three-AA-star, 40-bedroom Feathers hotel in Ludlow is being sold by the Ceney family who are now planning to retire having bought the property in 2002 for around £1.75m.
The timber-framed property, which includes a four-bedroom flat and four rented retails units, had previously belonged to Corus and Regal Hotels.
Last September the hotel was advised by Public Health England (PHE) in the West Midlands and Shropshire Council to close after tests found a link between Legionella bacteria in water samples from the hotel plumbing and two separate, confirmed cases of Legionnaires disease.
The first victim of the disease was diagnosed in April and recovered. However, the second diagnosed patient, Elaine Brown from Merseyside, died in mid-August after staying at the hotel in July.
The Feathers eventually reopened in November after PHE West Midlands and Shropshire Council declared the property safe again.
Property company Christie & Co is handling the sale of the hotel. Charles Jones, senior agent – hotels, pubs and restaurants at the group, said: “The Feathers is widely regarded as ‘the most handsome inn in the world’ and is a fantastic opportunity for an owner operator to purchase their own piece of history in one of England’s prime market towns.
“We expect to see high interest from local, national and international operators who will recognise the Feathers as an exceptional addition to any portfolio.”
He added that the Ceney family has achieved “strong occupancy” at the hotel.
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