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Plymouth hotel sold to Restaurant Association President

The 16th century, Grade ll*-listed Langdon Court Hotel in Plymouth has been sold to Robert Walton MBE and Donna Ida Thornton via Vickery Holman.

The sale of the Jacobean manor house hotel will see necessary investment to restore and revive the building and business to secure its future for many years to come.

Langdon Court stands in 10 acres of ground including beautiful gardens, a vineyard, lakes and two former outbuildings in addition to the 19 en-suite bedrooms in the main property. The gardens and buildings are highly photogenic and would make a wonderful location for photo shoots.

Dealing with the sale at Vickery Holman, Mike Easton, Head of Hotels and Hospitality said, ‘The sale process of Langdon Court demonstrates the continued interest in the South West Country House Hotel market right now where, in this instant, we received considerable interest and numerous offers. This is despite considerable challenges on the ground with a property in need of protection and repair.

'We are absolutely delighted that Robert and Donna are the successful purchaser and they have fully engaged with the history and charm of Langdon. They are showing a real focus on getting the building back into good repair so it will become a venue known not just locally but Internationally.’

Robert Walton MBE, is President of the Restaurant Association of Great Britain and founder of The Nth Degree Global is a partner of the Michelin Guide, while his wife, Donna Ida Thornton, is a highly regarded fashion designer and ‘Jean Queen’.

Robert is very well known in the hospitality industry for encouraging talent in the restaurant sector as the chairman of the World Young Chef Young Waiter competition. He is also a keen advocate of good food and healthy eating with his popular cooking series Dazzler Does on Instagram.

Robert commented, ‘When Donna and I first saw Langdon Court Hotel we were completely blown away by the beauty of the building and the grounds and immediately agreed that this was the one we had been looking for. It’s something that we had been wanting to do for some time – to create a venue that offers the best in food and accommodation, supporting up and coming chefs in stylish surroundings.'

‘We had been looking all over for our next project and the South West has so many things going for it with top quality local produce from both land and sea along with a growing reputation for dining out and for high end holidays. The support shown already by those we have shared our ideas with, has been extraordinary and we really cannot wait to get started.'