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Historic Devon hotel sells off £2.5m asking price

08 November 2006

A South Devon hotel that dates back to Saxon times has been sold off an asking price of £2.5m.

Bitlight, a hospitality company based in the Home Counties, is the new owner of Churston Court hotel in Churston Ferrers which is a 10-minute walk to the sea and a mile from Brixham Harbour.

The Grade I-listed country house hotel dates back to the 11th century, when it served as a Saxon manor house for the Lord of Totnes before the Norman Conquest.

It was subsequently used as a monastery, as a manor for Sir Hugh Ferrers and his heirs and, in Elizabethan times, as an inn and smugglers' haunt frequented by Sir Walter Raleigh and Newfoundland coloniser Sir Humphrey Gilbert.

More recently, the hotel (under the ownership of Lord Churston) accommodated Agatha Christie while she was writing Murder on the Links.

The hotel retains many period features such as inglenook fireplaces, copious use of oak and stone, and original portraits and armoury.

It offers 19 en-suite bedrooms, a 180-seat restaurant, two bars, and two-bedroom owners' accommodation. Outside it has a beer garden and an original stone-walled garden.

The Exeter office of Christie + Co sold the property on behalf of Peter Malkin, a Devon hotelier and a leading expert on medieval buildings.

By Angela Frewin

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