Exmouth’s Barn Hotel bought by a trio for £695,000

PUBLISHED: 10:00 14 January 2016

Eric, Steph and Geoff celebrate after buying the Barn Hotel.

Eric, Steph and Geoff celebrate after buying the Barn Hotel.

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A group of friends have banded together to ‘breathe new life’ into Exmouth’s Barn Hotel after snapping it up for £695,000.

Geoff Bowen, owner of Pebblebed Vineyard, kite surfing champion Steph Bridge and her husband Eric want to put Exmouth on the map following the purchase.

The Barn Hotel, which has stood since 1869, and was uniquely designed by Edward Prior, will now be known as the Beach House Exmouth.

Geoff said the trio, who all grew up in Exmouth, were delighted to own such a ‘beautiful building’. “I am delighted that we have been able to complete the acquisition,” he said.

“We thought it was an excellent opportunity to invest in what is a beautiful building that can put the town on the map. Exmouth is certainly on the up with the potential for a new watersports centre.

“The building will be retained as a hotel of sorts and there will also be watersports equipment and we will like to run events for charities like Exmouth and Lympstone Hospiscare.

“The Beach House Exmouth will now close for renovation work and will reopen in April. The building was looking quite tired and needs redecorating and updating. However, we won’t be changing anything.

“The repairs will cost a substantial amount, but the three of us are willing to invest.”

The hotel is recognised as one of Europe’s leading examples of arts and crafts architecture.

The accommodation, laid out in a classic butterfly-style, boasts 11 en suite guest rooms with sea and coastal views.

But there were persistent rumours back in 2007 that the building, built originally for £7,000, was going to close.

The hotel was put on the market around eight years ago for £1.7million as former owners Lord Jeffery Dobinson and his wife, Cheryl, looked to sell.


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