The Great House Hotel and Restaurant in Lavenham has been brought to market on a freehold basis with a guide price of £1,450,000.
The current owners, Dominique and Julie Tropeano, have owned and operated the business since 2016. Since acquiring The Great House, the couple have “significantly” invested into refurbishing the property.
Planning consent has also been obtained enabling the ground floor accommodation to be reconfigured, designed to make the layout and service arrangements “even more efficient”.
The owners now wish to retire from the industry to focus on their family and health. Christie and Co, who is handling the sale, said this presents an opportunity for an experienced chef or regional operator to acquire the hotel and restaurant.
The Great House property dates back to the 14th and 15th Centuries, and the building was modernised with the addition of a Georgian façade in the 18th Century.
Dominique and Julie Tropeano said: “We have enjoyed the past four years managing The Great House and whilst it has been challenging, it has been incredibly rewarding. The level of service and quality of the food served remains to the highest level of customer expectation for this type of establishment.
“We know The Great House will flourish to new heights when some sort of normality returns. Sadly, it is mainly age and health that force us to make this decision to place The Great House on the market.”
Tim Gooding, director of Christie of Co’s Hospitality team, added: “The Great House is an iconic building sitting in the heart of well-known Lavenham and this, combined with an excellent business, will surely generate demand from the market.
“Julie and Dominique have created a stunning ambience in the rooms and restaurant which has driven substantial levels of repeat trade from a discerning clientele who keep returning to enjoy first class food, service and accommodation.’’