Clifftop Pines Hotel acquired by ‘experienced’ hotel owner

The Pines Hotel, hotel located in Swanage at the eastern end of the Jurassic Coast, the 95 mile long UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been acquired by an “experienced” hotel operator.

The property comprises 43 bedrooms with extensive public areas, which benefit from panoramic sea views over Swanage Bay and the Isle of Wight. The hotel also has planning permission for 40 beach huts.

The business has been owned by the same family for the last 50 years, during which time the hotel has established an “excellent” reputation regionally. Previous owners, John and Brian Puddepha decided to sell the business in order to pursue retirement.

Brian Puddepha said: “Both John and I have thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Pines Hotel, however, we both felt it was time to move on and let someone else take the reins and Christie and Co was the obvious choice. We think that the new owner is an ideal operator to take the business forward and we wish him all the best.”

The new owner brings with him a “wealth of hospitality experience” with over 15 years of hospitality management and ownership experience, having previously owned and operated a hotel in North Wales prior to the acquisition of the Pines Hotel. The purchaser said: “I am delighted and excited to have taken over the Pines Hotel. I will look to continue to build on the fantastic reputation created by the previous owners locally and will further develop and invest in the business.”

Ed Bellfield, regional director at Christie and Co, who handled the sale, added: “It was a pleasure to act for Brian and John and we are delighted that the Pines Hotel has been sold to the new owner, who will no doubt take the business to the next level. We wish Brian and John the very best with their future plans and the purchaser every success for the future.”

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