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A hotel which was formerly a pair of houses that were bought by a famous chocolate manufacturer, is for sale. The Grasmere Court Hotel in Keynsham...

A hotel which was formerly a pair of houses that were bought by a famous chocolate manufacturer, is for sale. The Grasmere Court Hotel in Keynsham was originally a pair of Victorian houses which were purchased in the 1930s by JS Fry & Sons, as accommodation for senior management. In the 1970s one of the pair was converted to a guesthouse. Barry and Marian Llewellin took over in 1986 and began conversion and modernisation work. In 1989 they bought the other house and merged the two properties to form the hotel. The couple have operated the business as a family concern with the assistance of their three sons and have now decided to retire after 18 successful years at the hotel. The Bristol office of Christie & Co is handling the sale and is seeking an asking price of £775,000 for the freehold interest in the hotel. Grasmere Court Hotel has 16 en-suite letting bedrooms, reception, manager's office, residents' lounge, lounge bar, a 50-cover restaurant leading to an enclosed rear patio garden, a lawned garden and a car park. It has a four Diamond rating from the AA, RAC and English Tourism Council as well as two RAC dining awards and RAC Warm Welcome award. Christie's says the hotel is ideally placed for tourists within a short drive of the cities of Bristol (two miles away) and Bath (six miles away) and close to the Cotswolds and Mendip Hills. During the week, the hotel primarily caters for business people visiting the area and a number of local companies use the hotel on a regular basis. Weekend leisure trade is drawn from visitors to Bath, Bristol and the surrounding area as well as guests attending local weddings and functions. The restaurant caters for Sunday lunches, although evening meals are currently provided from Monday to Thursday only. Jonathan Hill, associate director of the Bristol office of Christie & Co, said: "Although the business is well established, there is plenty of scope for new owners to develop the restaurant and functions side of the business, particularly at weekends.

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