New Dolphin Hotel in Honiton ‘sold’, agent confirms

One of the most iconic features of Honiton High Street has a new owner.

The Grade II listed New Dolphin Hotel was confirmed as sold today (August 19) by sole agents Rapleys.

It has not yet been revealed who the new owner is.

Advertised for sale as ‘a rare freehold opportunity’, the hotel boasts 11 letting rooms, a ground floor dining area / tearoom and the former Bill’s Bar.

The business most recently traded as Montgomery’s Hotel. It was advertised for sale with ‘immediate vacant possession’.

Rapleys told potential investors: “The hotel represents an outstanding opportunity to restore a historical listed building to its former glory.

“The second floor letting rooms over-sail an adjacent retail premises in part. The sale includes the long leasehold title of the rooms above the adjacent retail unit.”

The price paid for the building has not been made public.

Arranged over three floors, the premises once boasted a ballroom. It played a pivotal role in entertaining US and Canadian servicemen during World War Two.

The business enjoyed a renaissance under the ownership of Bill Rees, who had formerly owned The Pit Club.

Dating back to the 1300s, the building started life as the home of the Courtenay family and formed part of the estate of the Earl of Devon.

It went on to become a popular coaching inn and was known as The Dolphin Hotel before becoming The New Dolphin Hotel and latterly Montgomery’s. It famously traded as Banfield’s Dolphin Hotel with the Dolphin Assembly Rooms spanning what is now the bed centre.

Rapleys says: “With frontage onto the prime part of the high street the premises also benefits from high footfall throughout the day.”

A spokesman today told East Devon that the sale has completed and that the hotel is no longer on the market.

Watch this space for updates.

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