Historic Scarborough hotel is up for sale

Clifton Hotel. 113138a
Clifton Hotel. 113138a
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A SCARBOROUGH-BASED hotel business has put one of the town’s most historic hotels up for sale.

The Clifton Hotel in Queen’s Parade is on the market with an asking price of £2,875,000.

It is the second hotel belonging to English Rose Hotels to be advertised for sale in the last few weeks, with country property Wrea Head in Scalby also currently on the market.

The 70-bedroom Clifton Hotel, which boasts views across Scarborough’s castle headland and the North Sea, is renowned for its links with First World War poet Wilfred Owen.

In late 1917 Owen was posted to a reserve battalion, based at the Clifton, which was then known as The Clarence Gardens Hotel.

While there, he was able to take time away from his clerical duties and escape to his turret bedroom where he produced Miners, the first of his poems to be published.

The property is being marketed by agents Colliers International, who refer to it as a “landmark detached leisure hotel” and a “very well established business”.

They state that the business is budgeting for £476,181 trading profits on net turnover of £1,345,179 to October 2011.

Both the Clifton and Wrea Head are currently being advertised on the commercial property website Estates Gazette.

The 20-bed Wrea Head is described as a “tremendously characterful country house hotel”.

Agents Colliers International add: “Wrea Head has been in the same hands for over 20 years and this offer for sale gives buyers a rare opportunity to acquire one of the best loved country house hotels in the region.”

In November, the hotel was awarded a Certificate of Excellence from international travel review website Trip Advisor.

Guests awarded the hotel an average grade of four-and-a-half out of five and 90 per cent recommended it to others.

The company also has the Royal Hotel in Scarborough, the Hackness Grange, the Villa Esplanade self catering apartments and The Green Man Inn in Malton.

The Evening News contacted English Rose Hotels but no-one was available to comment.