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Victorian Torquay Hotel to Go Under the Hammer

Victorian Torquay Hotel to Go Under the Hammer

Posted: Friday 25 January 2019

An elegant, former 27-bedroom hotel in the heart of the English Riviera is to be auctioned.

Devon based commercial property agents Charles Darrow Network Auctions is pleased to list The Frognel Hall Hotel in their latest auction catalogue. The grade II listed, Victorian property is set in an acre of mature grounds, nestled among the lanes of Wellswood, Torquay with the property having spectacular sea views across Torbay. 

Dating from circa 1840, Frognel Hall Hotel is a fine Victorian mansion house and is perhaps one of the best examples of its type in Torquay. Having a rich history as a summer residence to many aristocrats over the years, its conversion into a hotel in the 1940s ensured visitors have enjoyed this peaceful villa ever since. 

Currently adapted with a mix of 27 letting rooms across four storeys, this property impresses with its spacious layout. Extensive communal areas including large basement, residents dining room and lounge are offset with ancillary areas including commercial kitchen, office, storage rooms, and customer WC’s. The property also houses a large owner’s apartment, with a private balcony.

Externally, the property sits in 1 acre of well-kept and mature South Westerly facing gardens and has ample parking for a significant number of vehicles.

Charles Darrow Director, Jon Clyne commented “This is a superb opportunity for local and national investors to acquire a historic building in a fantastic part of Torquay. The property would suit a variety of uses and could be converted in apartments or a large residential property (subject to appropriate permissions) or re-launched as a hotel, creating an attractive opportunity for prospective purchasers. Though now lapsed, planning permission had previously been granted by Torbay Council for a change of use to create four apartments, which included scope for external alterations including the construction of two carports.

Frognell Hall Hotel is already attracting interest from local property developers and we expect competitive bidding, especially given the price”.
The property is set to be auctioned on 28 February (unless sold prior) with a freehold guide price of £500,000. Full planning history can be obtained from Torbay Council website quoting (ref: P/2013/0871)

For more information visit the Charles Darrow website