Antonia and Stephen Bournes who once owned the Southwold Pier are now starting on a new adventure after getting the Globe Inn located at Wells-next-the-Sea from the Holkham Estate. The couple agreed to sell the popular Southwold attraction in February to Gough Hotels and are now the proud owners of the 18th Century coaching inn.
The Inn has seven bedrooms and the planning permissions to convert several outbuildings to create 10 extra bedrooms. The Inn also has a restaurant. Adnams, the brewer based in Southwold, was the one previously managing the property on behalf of the Holkham estate.
Mr Bournes has worked for a long time in the hotel industry and stated that the two of them are quite happy to be taking over The Globe. He added the Adnams and Holkham had done a great job so far and they will be aspiring to carry on with the excellent work. The estates director at Holkham, David Horton-Fawkes, stated that they had decided to sell the property to allow them to concentrate on The Victoria which is located at the centre of the estate.
The Victoria has recently undergone a lot of refurbishment and has only just been opened. He added that they were happy that the Bournes had decided to purchase the inn and even wished the success.
The Inn was sold freehold but the amount hasn’t been disclosed. The transaction was done through specialist leisure Sector agent Christie & Co.’s Ipswich office. The associate director at the office in Ipswich, John Gace stated that the Globe Inn was a popular spot for both locals and tourists who come to see North Norfolk’s scenic coast.