The 120 bedroom Best Western Royal Clifton Hotel in Southport has been sold in a deal brokered by specialist property adviser Christie + Co.
Owned and operated by Tim Timmerman since 1983, the landmark hotel has now been sold to D’Urberville Hotels Limited for an undisclosed sum off a £4m asking price following a confidential marketing campaign.
Originally dating back to 1855, the hotel has been trading under the Best Western banner since 1987 and has hosted a number of celebrity guests over the years including Marlene Dietrich, Bing Crosby, Dame Shirley Bassey and professional golfer Jack Nicklaus.
In addition to the 120 en-suite bedrooms, the hotel offers extensive banqueting and conference facilities, a leisure club and health spa which has a very strong local following as well as a range of bars and restaurants.
Martin Davis, Director at Christie + Co's Manchester office handled the sale. He says: “We are delighted that we were able to help Mr. Timmerman achieve his goal with the sale of his hotel. This transaction further underlines the increasingly strong demand for quality provincial UK hotels."