Local property developer John Rudge – who helped oversee the acclaimed restoration of Wells House  in nearby Malvern Wells - has stepped in to buy the property which includes a listed Elizabethan Room believed to date back to 1590.

Property specialist John from Warwickshire-based FRD Associates said he was delighted to be making Penrhos Court his home – although he has no plans to return the venue to its former role as a well-known country hotel and restaurant.

He said: “There are some buildings which are special and this is one of them. When you go in there is a certain something about it you can sense the atmosphere. It is a spectacularly beautiful building in a picture postcard setting.”

Collliers International Hotels director Peter Brunt said he had been determined to find the right owner for the landmark property.

He said: “Penrhos Court had been lovingly restored by the previous owners since they bought it in 1972. Although the country hotel and function venue had ceased trading it was clear the iconic buildings would suit a wide variety of  uses.”

Set in lovely Herefordshire countryside outside the pretty market town of Kington, Penrhos is situated off the A44 Leominster road near Hergest Ridge and makes an ideal base for those looking to explore the Welsh borders.

The distinctive Tudor buildings are grouped around a grassy courtyard which has a small pool as its centrepiece.

Peter Brunt said: “Some of these beautiful buildings have stood for more than 700 years and the sense of history is palpable.

“The former owners  placed considerable emphasis on a green and sustainable ethos that has conditioned not only the approach to the conservation of the buildings but also the style in which the business operated.”

English Heritage gave the  buildings at Penrhos grade II* status denoting its historical importance. The buildings are thought to date from as early as the late 13th century with additions in the 1500s and 1600s.

There is ample car parking, woodland, gardens and a walled organic market garden amounting to around 4.5 acres.

Peter also commented that the market for hotels and pubs seems to be on the move with the majority of the businesses he is dealing with now sold or under offer. 

He concluded: “This might be the time for owners looking to sell to get on the market.”