Big plans for Pool­burn pub?

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - RHYS CHAM­BER­LAIN

The Pool­burn Ho­tel has sold and there is spec­u­la­tion it will be turned into ac­com­mo­da­tion for cy­clists.

For­mer owner Dion Morrell of Dion Morrell Shear­ing said he had no idea what the new own­ers were go­ing to do, but was happy to have it sold.

‘‘We’ve changed the struc­ture of our busi­ness. At the end of the day, it’s good for us.’’

Morrell used the build­ing to ac­com­mo­date em­ploy­ees, but said most of the younger ones wanted to be in town and that meant hav­ing to sell the ho­tel.

He was ‘‘rea­son­ably happy’’ with the sale price.

Al­though noth­ing is con­firmed, the ru­mour was two Queen­stown men had bought the pub as ac­com­mo­da­tion for a new moun­tain­bik­ing ven­ture.

It’s un­der­stood the men are in dis­cus­sions with a farmer about a piece of land to cre­ate a new downhill track.

Queen­stown Moun­tain­bike Club’s Fraser Gor­don said he knew noth­ing about the pur­chase of the ho­tel, but said if the spec­u­la­tion was true, it would be great for moun­tain­bik­ing in Cen­tral Otago.

South­ern Wide Real Es­tate’s Natasha McLeod con­firmed the sale but would not com­ment fur­ther.

The ho­tel sold in 2006 for $380,000 and again in 2010 to Morrell for an undis­closed amount.

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