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Sheffield buyer for Peak district Georgian hotel

16 March 2006

Chris Richardson from Sheffield has bought the Temple Hotel and Restaurant in the heart of the Derbyshire Dales.

The Grade II-listed Georgian hotel is perched on a hill in the spa town of Matlock Bath. Located on the edge of the Peak District National Park, it commands views up the River Derwent.

It dates back to the 1750s and was visited by the 13-year-old Princess Victoria and by Lord Byron, who seduced one of his mistresses there.

Nowadays, it is near a number of local attractions including Chatsworth House, Gullivers Kingdom and the Heights of Abraham.

The hotel enjoys year-round business with a good mix of restaurant, bar food, accommodation and conference revenue.

Along with 15 en-suite bedrooms, it incorporates the 60-seat Chatsworth bar, the 26-seat Byron restaurant, the 80-seat Panorama restaurant/function room and the Derwent meeting room, which can accommodate 20 people boardroom style and 40 theatre-style.

It also has a terrace with picnic benches and a detached former coach house with potential and previous planning consent for conversion into owners' accommodation and two more letting bedrooms.

The Nottingham office of Christie + Co sold the freehold off a guide price of £825,000.

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