File photo: The Cooden Beach Hotel SUS-190924-152621001

Cooden Beach Hotel sale - 17 pictures, take a look inside

After the Cooden Beach Hotel was sold to an international hotelier earlier this week, we take you inside the popular seafront building.

Friday, 16th April 2021, 2:47 pm

The venue, which was previously owned by entrepreneur James Kimber and his wife Lesley, was purchased by Grace Leo and her Singapore-based partner, shipping entrepreneur and hotel investor Tim Hartnoll.

It was sold off a guide price of £6,900,000 on a freehold basis.

The Cooden Beach Hotel was built in 1928 and has been a landmark feature of the coastline ever since, with its sea views and beachside restaurant.

In September 2019, Mr Kimber confirmed he and his wife were planning to sell the four-star 41-bedroom hotel, and were hoping to find a new owner who ‘wants to continue investing’ in it.

News of the sale was confirmed by business property advisor Christie & Co.

Grace Leo said: “Once I had seen The Cooden Beach Hotel, I was in awe of its unique location and possibilities.

“I have developed upscale resort hotels in far-off destinations like St Barth’s, Mustique and St Jean Cap Ferrat, so my instinct says that there’s no reason why we can’t recreate that idyllic resort experience in a hotel that’s on the English coast, despite the cooler climate.

“Our plans are to create a haven for our guests to rest, relax and be nourished in a beautiful seaside setting.”

Christie & Co acted for Mr Kimber, who owned the property for 16 years, in the sale of the hotel.

Mr Kimber, who said he intends to continue living in the area, said: “After 16 wonderful and successful years it is a pleasure to hand over The Cooden Beach Hotel to Grace Leo, whose design skills will capture the uniqueness of this very special location. We are very much looking forward to being able to relax and enjoy the guest experience of this truly hidden gem.”

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