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Leading hotel in Yeovil “decimated by pandemic” put up for sale Bath City News

A leading hotel in Yeovil has been put up for sale.

The Yeovil Court Hotel, on the A30 West Coker Road, is marketed by estate agent Christie and Co with an indicative price of £ 1,300,000 – the same price it was sold in 2017.

Described as “an established and profitable hotel and restaurant” by the estate agent, the independent hotel has 30 en-suite bedrooms, 18 bedrooms in the main house and 12 bedrooms in the adjoining annex.

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It also has three ground floor suites attached to the main house with their own separate entrances.

In early 2020, a local hotelier said three hotels in the area, including the Yeovil Court Hotel, had been “wiped out” by the ripple effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

An advertisement for the property reads: “The business has an excellent reputation and enjoys a high percentage of repeat customs and attracts a strong weekday accommodation business with lots of repeat business from many business visitors In the region.

“With benevolence and virtually expanded over the years, the hotel has provided a superb opportunity to acquire an established, robust and profitable business with the potential to further develop business performance.

“The restaurant is a popular dining venue locally and caters to various societies including Rotary, Lions, food clubs and is a popular venue for weddings, Christmas parties and special occasions.

The hotel was most recently sold for £ 1,300,000 in 2017 by Brian Devonport, who had owned the business for 30 years.

“Decimated” by the knock-on effects of the pandemic

In early 2020, the owner of another local hotel – Lanes in West Coker – revealed that his establishment, along with the Yeovil Court Hotel and Hollies in Bower Hinton, had been “wiped out” by the ripple effects of the coronavirus.

Shaun Whitehouse said all three hotels were hit hard by Leonardo Helicopters’ decision to halt all international business travel, and that was before government restrictions and business closures took effect. companies in the UK.

The hotels are a favorite base for Leonardo Helicopters employees and delegates from other countries visiting the Yeovil plant.

In February 2020, Mr Whitehouse said: “You tend to think these things are so far and far away that you think it could never affect you, but when I left on Friday I was looking for a full hotel for two. weeks, and at the end of Tuesday, I was looking at a practically empty hotel.

“I felt like I had been punched in the stomach.

“Cancellations have poured in, and not just from Italy, but delegates from around the world – from Japan, Denmark, Norway and Canada – are no longer coming to Yeovil.

“We deal with so many Italian visitors on a daily basis that I follow in terms of first name with many of them.”

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