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Health club operator buys hotel next door in Sussex

26 July 2007 by
Health club operator buys hotel next door in Sussex

Beauport Park country house hotel in East Sussex off an asking price of £4m.

Bannatynes previously bought adjacent land from the hotel to open a state-of-the-art health club in 2005 which offered complimentary membership to hotel guests.

The group - which operates more than 60 health clubs (some with spas), hotels in Darlington and Durham, and a bar in Newcastle - now intends to convert the three-star Georgian hotel into a destination health spa.

Beauport Park occupies a 38-acre site in St Leonards-On-Sea and is just three miles from the coastal resort of Hastings and the historic town of Battle.

It was built in 1719 for the former governor-general of Canada, General Sir James Murray, who named it after his summer residence in Quebec.

Along with 24 en-suite bedrooms, the hotel has residents' and bar lounges, a 60-seat fine dining restaurant and conservatory brasserie, two linked conference rooms to hold 36 boardroom-style and 70-theatre-style, and a spring/summer wedding marquee on the front lawn to hold another 120 guests.

The gardens contain croquet and putting lawns, an all-weather tennis court, an outdoor heated swimming pool, and a nine-hole pitch and putt golf course.

The Maidstone office of Christie + Co sold the freehold by share transfer on behalf of Ken Melsom and Stephen Bayes, who have owned the property since 1983.

By Angela Frewin

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