St James's Hotel Group, owner of six regional properties, has put the 108-bedroom Blackwell Grange hotel in Darlington, County Durham, on the market for £3.25m.
Originally built as the family home of the industrial magnate George Allen, the 18th-century, Grade II-listed property was acquired by Darlington Council in 1953 and turned into a hotel in 1970. It sits within 4.35 acres of grounds.
Today the hotel, comprising a main house with two attached bedroom extensions and a former outbuilding called the Stables, features a restaurant, 12 function rooms, a swimming pool and gym.
Julian Troup, head of UK hotels agency at Colliers International, which is marketing the hotel, said Blackwell Grange is "a renowned hotel throughout the region" which operates with a healthy trading base.
"We have seen a strong demand for 100 bedroom-plus provincial hotels, with a marked increase in international demand, and we anticipate a favourable response to the marketing," he said.
St James's Hotel Group, a subsidiary of the Jersey-based real estate company Somerston Group, has been gradually selling off properties it acquired as part of the 14-strong Forestdale portfolio in March 2014. Forestdale was a subsidiary of the Akkeron hotel group, which went into administration in early 2014.
In addition to Blackwell Grange, St James's Hotel Group today owns the Norfolk Arms hotel, Arundel, West Sussex; Pratt's hotel, Bath, Somerset; Royal Cambridge hotel, Cambridge; Falcon hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire; and Winchester Royal hotel, Winchester, Hampshire.
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