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10 January 2019 | Hotels

Scarborough landmark hotel sold to new leisure brand

Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co has completed on the sale of The Mount Hotel, situated in the popular Yorkshire seaside town of Scarborough, to a new and expanding leisure brand.

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The 50 bedroom, five storey hotel enjoys a prominent elevated position in the town centre, overlooking the Rotunda Museum and with views across the iconic Spa Bridge. Ideally located, the hotel is also in close proximity to a range of local attractions in the thriving coastal resort town, including the beach, the Stephen Joseph Theatre, the famous South Cliff Funicular Railway and The Spa events venue.

Having been previously owned and operated by the Lothian family from Glasgow for several years, they had decided to sell in order to relocate back to Scotland. Stewart Lothian comments, “It is with a heavy heart that the family chose to sell the hotel which was largely for logistical reasons given the commuting distances between Scarborough and Glasgow. Our strong hopes were that The Mount would be sold for ongoing use and to a buyer who would invest and reinvigorate the hotel.” 

The hotel has been purchased by new leisure brand Bike and Boot Inns, led by industry specialists Simon Rhatigan and Simon Kershaw. Mr Kershaw comments, “This is our first acquisition and our intention is to roll out the brand, initially across the North of England in key leisure and tourist locations, such as coastal towns and national parks. Our target client base is the short break market but with facilities for cyclist, walkers, dog owners and those who simply enjoy some of the most beautiful areas in the country.”

Bike and Boot Inns plan to undertake significant investment, alterations and upgrades to the hotel, with The Mount to reopen, fully refurbished and rebranded, in Summer 2019.

Mark Worley, Director at Christie & Co who handled the sale, comments, “With its elegant Georgian style façade and grand bedroom suites, most of which boast stunning views, The Mount is truly one of Scarborough’s gems.

“The sale of The Mount attracted a huge amount of interest and a number of credible offers and this deal, along with the recent Christie & Co sales of the 115 bedroom Crown Spa and the smaller 24 bedroom Ryndle Court Hotel, both in Scarborough, illustrate a good demand for sizeable hotels, not only in Scarborough but across Yorkshire and the North.”