A Middlesex hotel where author George Orwell allegedly taught in the 1930s has been bought by Air Hotels, which owns other properties in central London.
The Fountain House hotel sits just off the A4020 on Church Road in Hayes, providing easy access to Heathrow airport.
The detached, two-storey property was built around 1905 by renowned local builder Seth Hunt, originally as two semi-detached houses. It has served as a rectory and a private school in the past.
It offers 29 bedrooms (24 en-suite), a large bar, a lounge, a restaurant with approximately 36 seats, and an en-suite staff bedroom.
The Enfield office of Christie + Co sold the freehold off a guide price of £1.6m on behalf of the family that has run the hotel for the past 23 years.
By Angela Frewin