A rare opportunity to acquire this outstanding property and lucrative long-standing hospitality business in Petworth, West Sussex, a village within the South Downs National Park, an official ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’. The property is set within 1.5 acres and includes a main house with two guest bedrooms as well as four additional Pullman train carriages that provide a further eight bedrooms. There are 11 bedrooms in total, including living quarters for an owner or staff member. Although the property is being sold as a going concern or commercial enterprise, this would also make an exceptional family home for any buyer who wanted to purchase the land and buildings with a view to converting them.
The Old Railway Station Hotel is a profitable and secure business proposition for anyone looking for a safe and enjoyable investment. The current owner has run the venue with incredibly high standards, ensuring the hotel is consistently at more than 90% occupancy year-round. Forward bookings throughout the coming year and room deposits in the 10s of thousands of pounds make this a low risk option for any budding hoteliers. There is also the option to scale the business up and increase revenue further, with planning permission for an additional building on the 1.5 acre plot.
The hotel has an exemplary reputation for quality as well as a rich history. It was originally built in 1892 to receive the Prince of Wales and his friends while they enjoyed country pursuits at nearby Goodwood and other country estates. A royal connection and charming setting have ensured the Old Railway Station Hotel is known around the world. TV stations and journalists report on the quintessentially English offering as far afield as Russia and the US, making this an attractive option for tourists both in the UK and beyond. The venue has also been decorated with countless awards – a testament to the current owner’s commitment to excellence and service.
The hotel building is unique in itself and retains many of the original station features, providing ample opportunity for stunning marketing and photography. The site as a whole comprises the main railway station, and the four vintage Pullman train carriages which are insured for a total of £603,000.
For any investors who wish to expand the business, planning permission for an orangery over the platform has been previously approved allowing for additional covers – the perfect setting for breakfasts, dinners or afternoon teas. Meanwhile reinstating the old signal box out-building would add a further guest suite and additional revenue, at an estimated cost of around £70,000.
The Old Railway Station Hotel has been exquisitely maintained, with refurbishments and decorating kept up to date. There is little work required by any new owner to ensure a seamless transition into the business. Not only is the venue eye-catching and a pleasure to stay in, the surrounding area boasts some of the most exceptional views and countryside anywhere in the country. Nearby busy towns and cities such as Chichester mean there is a consistent flow of tourists to the area and iconic venues such as Goodwood attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to the region throughout the year.
In addition to the property itself, this is a profitable, stable and exceptional business opportunity with scope for increase in revenues We recommend a visit to the site to appreciate the extent of charm associated with this unique property.