Historic Thornbury Castle goes on the market for £8.5 million

March 28 2017
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THORNBURY Castle is set to have another new owner after being put up for sale by Luxury Family Hotels.

THORNBURY Castle is set to have another new owner after being put up for sale by Luxury Family Hotels.

Agents Savills, acting on behalf of the company, said the hotel and restaurant was on the market for offers in excess of £8.5 million.

The grade one-listed premises has 28 en suite bedrooms and sits in grounds of more than 15 acres next to Thornbury’s parish church.

It is a fortified Tudor manor house that had been owned by Edward Stafford, the third Duke of Buckingham, but he was executed for treason by Henry VIII in 1521 and the castle was confiscated by the king. Henry later stayed there with his second wife, Anne Boleyn, in 1535.

After falling into disrepair following the Civil War, the building was restored by the Howard family.

For 20 years, from the mid-1960s, it became a top restaurant under the ownership of chef Kenneth Bell, receiving the first Michelin star awarded in the UK outside of London.

Maurice Taylor - the Baron Portlethen - developed the hotel business when he was the owner before it went on to become part of the Von Essen chain.

Von Essen later collapsed and for the past five years, Thornbury Castle has been run by Luxury Family Hotels, which bought the premises out of administration.

Martin Rogers, head of UK hotel transactions at Savills, said: “Thornbury Castle offers a unique opportunity to an investor looking to own a historic hotel. 

“The fantastic reputation of the business and the sympathetic Tudor interiors have ensured the hotel remains popular with guests and we expect significant interest while marketing the asset.”