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Family team to take on the highest inn in Cornwall

19 08 21 Family team to take on the highest inn in Cornwall hero

The specialist hotel agency team at Colliers has sold Wheal Tor, the highest inn in the whole of Cornwall off a guide price of £590,000.

Charlotte and Adriano Kenilvort have brought the inn alongside Charlotte’s parents Paul and Winsome Riddle. The quartet all have experience in property renovation and have taken on their first hospitality project of Wheal Tor.

Situated in a secluded pine copse 996 ft above sea level on Caradon Hill and overlooking Bodmin Moor, the inn has eight letting rooms as well as a range of unique glamping pods - called Hobbit Houses - in the 2.5 acres of grounds. The inn also has a bar and restaurant for 45 covers and a large function room licensed for 85 guests. It was sold by Mark and Maxine Frost who are planning to retire. 

Charlotte said: “The moment we saw Wheal Tor we instantly fell in love with the beautiful location. There are breath-taking views for miles; sheep, ponies and cows roaming free on the moor, it truly is a very special place. We have taken this project on as a family, having spent many holidays in Cornwall as a family we feel very lucky to finally make it our home.

“We have vast experience in property renovation and are really excited about transforming Wheal Tor. We will create a beautiful, comfortable, relaxed place for our guests to enjoy, families and couples will be able to unwind and get back to nature either in a luxurious en-suite room or a cosy glamping pod!

“We also intend to host weddings and events, as well as welcome holiday makers and we already have wonderful chef offering fresh cooked food from local suppliers. 

“Wheal Tor is a dog friendly site and a perfectly located base for exploring all of Cornwall. It also has a cosy, relaxed bar, which we have been enjoying as we get to know all our guests and local customers.”

Ed Jefferson from Colliers’ hotels team added: “Wheal Tor is such a unique business, offering something for everyone, made clear from the 49 viewings that it received post-lockdown. We’ve seen a trend of people re-evaluate their lifestyle and priorities, looking to start up their own business and moving away from city life since the pandemic began. 

“With bespoke bedrooms as well as glamping pods and a function suite, there’s lots of scope to make the inn attractive for a wide range of customers. I’m looking forward to seeing what the family do with the business.”

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Ed Jefferson

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I trained with a long established firm of specialist chartered surveyors and have been working in the leisure sector since 2010. I joined Colliers Hotels Agency team in 2017 to cover the South West region and am based in Bristol.

I have a strong agency based background and have specialised in the hotel sector for some time. My core focus is handling top quality privately owned hotels & Inns throughout the South West region.

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Kim Inam

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I'm a communications professional who has previously worked as a journalist for eight years covering a broad range of topics including politics, crime, health and housing in north London. In recent years I have worked in corporate communications for local authorities across London  and joined Colliers in October 2019, initially providing maternity leave cover.

I provide strategic public relations advice to various business lines within the UK organisation to secure recognition for their work in the property press as well as key target media, and work with our experts to produce thought leadership pieces which are of interest to our clients and colleagues within the commercial real estate sector. In addition, alongside colleagues in the PR and wider communications team, I provide media and social media training for our in-house experts to prepare them for media opportunities and raise their personal brand within the sector.

As well as supporting various teams within the UK business, I also I curate and edit regular content for the blog, which drives credible business leads to our experts.


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