The UK's oldest hotel is up for sale for £1.4m - and it's near Hull

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 3 Jan 2019

A historic East Yorkshire hotel which in 2016 became the oldest in the UK has been put up for sale.

The Lowther Hotel, in Goole, was built in 1824, and took up the prestigious title after previous holder The Royal Clarence Hotel in Exeter was destroyed by a fire.

The hotel, which was the first landmark to be built in the new town of Goole, is now on the hunt for a new owner, for a cool £1.4m.

For that, though, you also get a separate pub just a stone’s throw away, called The Drake.

The Lowther was purchased in 2008 by Julie and Howard Duckworth, and has since undergone an impressive renovation.

The Lowther Hotel

The owners said: “After much soul searching, the family have decided that with Howard’s illness and with Julie being past retirement age, it has become evident over the last year or so that The Lowther and The Drake deserve someone else with the passion and drive to take them forward to the next level.

“Goole represents an exciting opportunity with a host of major firms looking to boost the local economy with significant investment.

“These include Siemens – which is investing £200m to build a train factory - Croda’s recent announcement of a £7m distribution hub and an investment of £10m by Y Pellets for a biomass facility.

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“All this will be on the new industrial park, off the M62 at Junction 36 Goole, which is within a mile of the hotel. This is an amazing opportunity in an up and coming location.”

The Grade II* listed Lowther Hotel was built in 1824, operating as a hotel since its inception.

When the hotel was bought by the Duckworths, it had been closed for several years and had become a home for squatters.

The Royal Clarence Hotel in Exeter burnt down in 2016 (Image: PA)

Eventually, after months of hard labour, the Lowther was once again a fully-functioning hotel, and received a Blue Plaque to commemorate becoming the oldest in the country in 2017.

Comprising of three storeys, the main building features 12 en-suite guest bedrooms, private functions rooms known as the ‘Mural Rooms’, The Aire and Calder Function Suite, and two licensed venues, Eddie’s Bar & Bistro and the Voodoo Chilli Nightclub.

The cobbled courtyard to the rear of the hotel, which has been used for open air events, leads to the Coach House - a bar and events space which is often utilised for private parties, the Coco Havana Bar, and the JD Grill diner and takeaway.

The Drake, also on Aire Street in Goole, operates as a pub and sports bar which offers guest accommodation in the form of 10 guest letting rooms.

The Drake is also up for sale in Goole (Image: Christie & Co)

Mark Worley, director at Christie & Co - which is handling the sale – said: “We are very pleased to be able to market two buildings of such historic significance, however from a business perspective, there is also much to be excited about.

“The Lowther includes several other related income streams which all complement each other, whilst The Drake, although adjacent and opposite, provides further cross selling business opportunities.”

The Lowther and The Drake will set any buyer back £1.4m, with the Lowther also being up for grabs as a single purchase.

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