Oldest ‘purpose-built' hotel in England on sale

18 July 2013 by
Oldest ‘purpose-built' hotel in England on sale

A hotel, thought to be the oldest purpose-built building of its kind in England, is on sale with specialist property advisors Christie + Co.

The Grade-II listed, 13th century Red Lion hotel in Salisbury, Wiltshire, is on the market for just under £3m and has 51 individually designed rooms. There is also a restaurant, bar, and conference and banqueting facilities for up to 120 people.

The property's long and varied history, including serving as the town post office during the 18th and 19th centuries, meant it became known as a regular stopping point for coaches travelling to and from London.

Originally known as the White Bear Inn, the hotel has belonged to current owners the Thomas and Maidment families for well over 100 years.

Peter Fermoy, head of media at Christie + Co, said there had been interest in the site and felt optimistic that the business would continue under new owners. "Interest is likely to come from existing operators, as pubs with accommodation are the flavour of the month at the moment," he said.

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