Romney Bay House Hotel sold to The Gallivant owner

The property features 10 en suite double bedrooms, all with views to the sea or over Littlestone golf course

Romney Bay House Hotel has been sold to hotelier Harry Cragoe, a hospitality investor and the owner behind Camber Sands pub-hotel, The Gallivant. The seaside site was sold on a freehold basis, off a guide price of £1,895,000.

The hotel is set along the seafront in Littlestone-on-Sea, a small coastal village close to New Romney in Kent

It was built in 1929 by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis CBE and is said to have a “long and rich history”, having previously welcomed guests including Noel Coward and the Astor family.

The property features 10 en-suite double bedrooms, all with views to the sea or over Littlestone golf course. It also offers guests a five course dining experience using local produce, particularly the fresh fish caught in the adjacent English Channel. 

Since the business was acquired by the previous owners in 2003, it has received an array of awards and accolades, including several Cesars in The Good Hotel Guide Awards.

Andrew Moore, director in Christie and Co’s Hotel team, who facilitated the deal, said: “Having known Harry at the Gallivant for a number of years and charged with finding another hotel for him, when I met the owners of Romney Bay House Hotel, I knew he was the person to take on this wonderful opportunity. 

“After viewing the hotel, Harry agreed to buy it straight away, meaning it didn’t even make it to the open market! While the business transfers over it will be closed for some general improvements but will be re-opening late Summer 2022 and we look forward to seeing it grow as part of the Gallivant family.”

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