900 year old Sussex castle up for sale

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A 900-year-old castle is up for sale.

Historic Amberley Castle has been put on the market after the financial collapse of its owners, the Von Essen Hotels group.

Barclays and Lloyds Banking Group called in administrators Ernst and Young after the group, which owns 28 hotels in the UK and France, failed to make interest payments on its £250 million debt.

A spokesman for the administrators said for now it would be “business as usual” for the luxurious hotel and its 40 staff.

He said: “The administrators are working with the company to develop the appropriate strategy to take the business forward.”

Industry analysts expect a bidding war for the hotel, which is listed as one of the top ten castle hotels in the world by gayot.com.

The upmarket property employs 40 people and has 19 bedrooms and suites, many with four-poster beds and all featuring whirlpool bathrooms. The hotel's facilities include two restaurants, lounge areas, tennis court, croquet lawn, gardens and lakes, an 18-hole professional putting course and a thatched-roof tree house with a rope bridge.

A spokesman for the hotel said it was open for business and had rooms available for the upcoming Royal Wedding and Bank Holiday period.

He said: “If people have weddings, parties and conferences booked at the hotel they can be assured that these events will not be affected in any way.”

A West Sussex County Council spokesman said: "Amberley Castle is a very key and important tourist attraction and provides a number of jobs in the local area. We hope that a buyer will be found for the castle as soon as possible."

Tim Smith, director of hotel consultancy HVS London, said the holding group had acquired a large number of hotels in a short space of time and that hotels across the UK were still struggling to reach pre-recession levels of occupancy.

He said that a single buyer for the chain was unlikely. He said the more likely scenario is that the group will be split up with some hotels being sold individually.

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2:28pm Thu 28 Apr 11

Sussevingian says...

Careful! I hear Mr Hoogstratten's been buying hotels lately ...
Careful! I hear Mr Hoogstratten's been buying hotels lately ... Sussevingian
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2:36pm Thu 28 Apr 11

anonymous coward says...

Since when did the thug Hoogstratten deserve a "Mr"?
Since when did the thug Hoogstratten deserve a "Mr"? anonymous coward
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2:51pm Thu 28 Apr 11

lorrie2 says...

anonymous coward wrote:
Since when did the thug Hoogstratten deserve a "Mr"?
Couldnt have said it better myself!
[quote][p][bold]anonymous coward[/bold] wrote: Since when did the thug Hoogstratten deserve a "Mr"?[/p][/quote]Couldnt have said it better myself! lorrie2
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4:48pm Thu 28 Apr 11

Sussevingian says...

anonymous coward wrote:
Since when did the thug Hoogstratten deserve a "Mr"?
I've always made it my practice to extend the small courtesies to people who can have my legs broken if they want to.
[quote][p][bold]anonymous coward[/bold] wrote: Since when did the thug Hoogstratten deserve a "Mr"?[/p][/quote]I've always made it my practice to extend the small courtesies to people who can have my legs broken if they want to. Sussevingian
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7:43pm Thu 28 Apr 11

John Steed says...

anonymous coward wrote:
Since when did the thug Hoogstratten deserve a "Mr"?
since when has he been a thug?
[quote][p][bold]anonymous coward[/bold] wrote: Since when did the thug Hoogstratten deserve a "Mr"?[/p][/quote]since when has he been a thug? John Steed
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9:53pm Thu 28 Apr 11

Simon seagull says...

Maybe they might take a penny for their fort!! ;))...or sell it to Trust House "Fort"e! ;))
Maybe they might take a penny for their fort!! ;))...or sell it to Trust House "Fort"e! ;)) Simon seagull
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10:10pm Thu 28 Apr 11

General Woundwort says...

The correct spelling is "Nicholas Hoogstraten"
The correct spelling is "Nicholas Hoogstraten" General Woundwort
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12:58pm Fri 29 Apr 11

Baldseagull says...

John Steed wrote:
anonymous coward wrote:
Since when did the thug Hoogstratten deserve a "Mr"?
since when has he been a thug?
You are kidding right?
[quote][p][bold]John Steed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]anonymous coward[/bold] wrote: Since when did the thug Hoogstratten deserve a "Mr"?[/p][/quote]since when has he been a thug?[/p][/quote]You are kidding right? Baldseagull
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6:56pm Fri 29 Apr 11

GRUMPAH says...

Do you mind, that's my next door neighbour you're talking about! Never caused me any trouble, but then I do keep myself to myself.
Do you mind, that's my next door neighbour you're talking about! Never caused me any trouble, but then I do keep myself to myself. GRUMPAH
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8:11am Sat 30 Apr 11

General Woundwort says...

I've never had a problem with the guy, I've known him for many years and he's always been O.K. with me.
I've never had a problem with the guy, I've known him for many years and he's always been O.K. with me. General Woundwort
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