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Local hoteliers snap up Hampshire country house hotel

10 August 2006

Experienced hoteliers Mark and Sara Watts from Christchurch in Hampshire have bought the Tyrrells Ford Country House hotel in nearby Avon on the edge of the New Forest.

The three-star hotel is an 18th century manor house that once served as the hunting lodge of Lord and Lady Manners.

It occupies an eight-acre site that is four miles from Ringwood and Christchurch and nine miles from Bournemouth.

Along with 16 en-suite bedrooms, the facilities include the 60-seat Tyrrels bar, the linked 90-seat Tatterstalls restaurant and 35-seat Avon Suite function room, and the Minstrels Galleried Lounge which is licensed to hold civil wedding ceremonies.

The Winchester office of Christie + Co sold the hotel off a guide price of £2.1m on behalf of Ivan Caplan and his family.

By Angela Frewin

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