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18 June 2020 | Hotels

Renowned Devon hotel, golf and country club brought to market through Christie & Co

Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co, along with joint agents, Savills, has brought to market the Highbullen Hotel, Golf & Country Club, set in the heart of rural Devon.

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This beautiful hotel, golf and country club is set on a Victorian estate occupying over 115 acres of land, and features extensive accommodation, events and leisure facilities, all of which have benefitted from renovations and improvements since the Chapman family – the business’s current owners –  purchased the hotel in 2012.

The hotel and wider estate comprise 39 well-appointed en suite bedrooms in excellent condition, four self-catering cottages, two restaurants, Laura Ashley - The Tea Room, a billiard room and spacious guest lounges. There are excellent facilities for events and weddings; catering for up to 400 guests in the main Palazzo function room which is served by its own kitchen and bar. In addition, the Palazzo contains two further meeting rooms for smaller conferences or events.
 
Leisure is at the heart of Highbullen, as it offers a range of facilities including an 18-hole USGA specification golf course, outdoor tennis courts, indoor and outdoor swimming pool, spa facilities, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, croquet, three- quarter mile fishing beat (salmon, sea trout and brown trout) on the River Mole, fully-equipped gym, multi-sports simulator and club bar.
 
Outline planning permission has been granted for the development of 58 holiday home lodges within the grounds and an extension of 16-bedroom suites to the existing hotel. Reserved matters applications have also been submitted for four guest accommodation tree houses and 15 holiday lodges.
 
Professional film footage of the estate has been commissioned during the lockdown period to showcase the current operation, which has been the subject of substantial investment in recent years, and to illustrate the huge potential that the estate offers. The film can be viewed here.

David Tearle, Resort Director at Highbullen, comments, “We are extremely proud of Highbullen’s achievements during the Chapman family’s tenure. With a planning application for treehouses and lodges in the final stages, the sale offers a fantastic opportunity for the full development of this exceptional resort. As we come out of lockdown and prepare to re-welcome guests to Highbullen, the film we have produced is a reminder of the huge potential on offer which will appeal to growing demand for UK holiday resorts.”
 
Jeremy Jones and Edward Bellfield of Christie & Co, who are handling the sale, comment, “Highbullen presents extensive upside to any prospective purchasers whether it be through the numerous planning permissions in place to further develop the hotel and grounds or the opportunity to expand the current business with the facilities already in place. As the focus for the domestic leisure guest turns to remaining in the UK for short and lengthier holidays, we expect to see increased levels of interest from a range of buyers captured by the unique appeal of Highbullen Hotel, Golf & Country Club.”
 
Highbullen Hotel, Golf & Country Club welcomes offers in excess of £5,000,000.
 
 
For further information on this press release, contact:
Phoebe Burrows, Corporate Communications Executive
P: 020 7448 8849 or E: phoebe.burrows@christie.com

Contact the agents:
Jeremy Jones, Head of Brokerage – Hotels
P: 07764 241 284 or E: Jeremy.jones@christie.com
 
Ed Bellfield, Regional Director – South
P: 07713 061 171 or E: ed.bellfield@christie.com

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