The three-AA-star, 18-bedroom Cloud hotel in Brockenhurst, Hampshire, owned by a one-time professional dancer with the Tiller Girls, has gone up for sale.
Avril Owton, who has received the Shine Woman of the Year Award and is an honorary member of the Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World, is selling the property after running the business for more than 35 years. She married into the hospitality in 1976 and took over the hotel single-handedly when her husband died suddenly at the age of 45 in 1991, leaving her with four children.
The hotel, which has been developed from four former cottages dating back to 1900, comprises a 50-seat restaurant, three lounges, one-bedroom owner's accommodation and a garden.
Its Tiller bar currently features memorabilia and photographs dating back to Owton's earlier dancing days, when she performed at the London Palladium.
The sale of the hotel is being handled by Christie + Co. Ed Bellfield of the company's Winchester office said: "Avril and her team have been successfully running the Cloud hotel for over 35 years and this offers a fantastic opportunity for an operator to acquire a freehold hotel in an idyllic New Forest setting."
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