Kentish Express Ashford & District

SELLING UP

■ Award-winning guest house next to ‘Large Burton’ developmen­t goes on market for £1.5m ■ B&B is set to become surrounded by homes after plans approved for controvers­ial estate

- By Dan Wright dwright@thekmgroup.co.uk

An award-winning B&B which is set to become surrounded by homes has gone on the market for £1.5m.

The Downsview Guesthouse in Kennington triumphed on Channel 4’s ‘Three in a Bed’ programme in 2011 - a reality show which saw the owners go headto-head with two other hotels.

But now the Willesboro­ugh Road site has been put up for sale amid plans for a controvers­ial 725-home housing estate on farmland next to the property.

Last year, Quinn Estates was given permission for its Conningbro­ok Park, or ‘Large Burton’, scheme which includes a new site for Ashford Bowls Club, a two-form entry primary school and community centre.

The applicatio­n approved in May only grants full permission for 288 homes, with outline permission for the other 437 - including those directly behind the guest house.

Originally the manor house to Holmlea Farm, the B&B sits on a one-acre site with 13 ensuite guest bedrooms and a two-bedroom apartment/holiday let.

Christie & Co, which is marketing the property, says it features a “wealth of original period features including decorative cornices and fireplaces”.

In the descriptio­n, the property advisers say: “Downsview sits on a plot that extends to almost an acre comprising formal gardens, including extensive lawns and views to the rear over adjoining farmland.

“There are two former shipping containers, one providing useful storage facilities and the other converted to a gym, currently used by the owners for their own private use.

“The owners run the business with the support of a small team of staff that has allowed them to have an enjoyable lifestyle.

“It could continue to run as it is now, or more hands-on owners could save on some of those staff costs, should they wish to do so.”

Christie & Co says the site which was built in the early 1900s - “benefits from attracting guests from all over the UK and the continent”.

The firm added: “Having purchased the business in 2016, the current owners have spent much time and effort improving the property even further, which has seen trade grow significan­tly during their stewardshi­p.”

Last month, the Kentish Express revealed how the nearby Croft Hotel is being turned into a six-pronged restaurant complex featuring a country pub and pizza restaurant.

The site is set to open in August - but only if the Covid19 vaccine has been fully rolled out by then.

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 ??  ?? More than 700 homes are planned for farmland off Willesboro­ugh Road; Quinn Estates is behind the controvers­ial ‘Large Burton’ scheme
More than 700 homes are planned for farmland off Willesboro­ugh Road; Quinn Estates is behind the controvers­ial ‘Large Burton’ scheme
 ??  ?? The previous owners of the guest house enjoyed success on ‘Three in a Bed’, and the site is now on the market for £1,490,000
The previous owners of the guest house enjoyed success on ‘Three in a Bed’, and the site is now on the market for £1,490,000
 ??  ?? A ‘say no to homes’ sign at the B&B entrance
A ‘say no to homes’ sign at the B&B entrance

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