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Colliers do the deal on one of England's oldest inns25th July 2012

Two deals involving neighbouring public houses in Stow-on-the-Wold have been put together by Colliers.

The Royalist public house (reputed to be England’s oldest Inn), in Stow-on-the-Wold, has been bought by Brakspear International, a South East based company with 144 tenanted pubs.

On the opposite side of the road, The Grapevine has been sold to hotel entrepreneurs Elaine and Martyn Booth, who are finalising plans for a major overhaul of their latest acquisition..

Colliers International hotels director Peter Brunt, who handled both deals, said he was delighted that the iconic premises were back in business serving the lucrative Cotswolds tourist trade. “The Royalist represented fantastic value for money. A superb hotel in a prime Cotswolds location proved an opportunity not to be missed.”

The stunning Grade II listed, 14-bedroom hotel has been fully modernised and offers an award-winning restaurant as well as a popular gastro pub, the Eagle and Child.

Although the listing suggests the building is 16th or 17th century, parts of it date back to 947AD, when it was a refuge, built on the Fosse Way by a Saxon Duke called Aethelmar.

Peter Brunt said: “Whatever its origins, the Royalist is the archetypcal Cotswolds hotel with oodles of old world charm. But it has been stylishly refurbished recently to give it a contemporary update.”

Trade is almost exclusively from tourist visitors who continue to flock to the Cotswolds hot-spot.

“The Cotswolds are a magnet to visitors throughout a long tourist season, as well as for weekend visitors virtually all year round. The previous owners bought the Grapevine Hotel just over the road in 2003 and acquired the Royalist a few years later, recognising that it appealed to a different, younger market.”


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