1/31/2024 | Childcare & Education

Popular Sevenoaks day nursery sold for the first time

Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co, has announced the sale of Broughton Cottage Day Nursery in Sevenoaks, Kent.

Broughton Cottage Day Nursery in Sevenoaks

When the opportunity arose in 2019 for John Tomlinson and Michelle Aston, who have considerable experience in the nursery sector, to acquire a former residential property and lovingly convert it into a 60-place day nursery, they knew it was going to be a success.

Broughton Cottage Day Nursery, which is rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted, enjoys a prime location within an area of outstanding natural beauty, allowing the setting to offer a very popular forest school. As well as being accessible from Sevenoaks and the surrounding villages, it has great links to the M25 making it a convenient choice for commuting parents.

John felt now was the right time to sell to allow him to explore other ventures, while Michelle will continue to manage the setting under its new ownership.

Following a competitive confidential sales process with Sophie Willcox at Christie & Co, the setting has been purchased by a boutique, growing nursery group with settings across the country.

John Tomlinson, former owner of Broughton Cottage Day Nursery, comments, “I am very sorry to have sold Broughton Cottage, as Michelle and I had started it from scratch, but I realised I had taken it as far as I could. Out of all of the interest, we favoured a small boutique nursery group as they had a similar ethos and wanted the nursery to maintain its core values, which we wanted for the staff, children and parents who chose Broughton Cottage.”

Sophie Willcox, Director – Childcare & Education at Christie & Co, comments, “Broughton Cottage is an excellent, profitable, and well-regarded freehold day nursery. I am delighted to have brokered the sale of the setting and was not surprised to have received the level of interest we did as it is unique in its offering. I’d like to extend a special thanks to Julie Hughes and Erin Willock at Cripps for all their hard work in getting this to completion.”

Broughton Cottage Day Nursery was sold for an undisclosed price.


For further information on this press release, contact:
Phoebe Burrows, Corporate Communications Manager
P: 07540 063 598 or E: phoebe.burrows@christie.com

Contact the agent:
Sophie Willcox, Director – Childcare & Education
P: 07736 620 855 or E: sophie.willcox@christie.com

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