Historic Dorset seaside hotel goes on the market

In Dorset, England, the historic Knoll House Hotel is reportedly on the market for £15 million.

The property was originally a summer residence for the aristocratic Bankes family in the early 1900s and was turned into a six-bedroom hotel by Chris and Poppy Smith in 1931. It was used by troops preparing for the D-Day landings during World War II, and was a popular retreat for children's author Enid Blyton.


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Kenneth and Pauline Ferguson bought it in 1959 and it has remained in their family ever since. Current owners Michael and Christopher Ferguson have decided to sell the property with Savills estate agents.

The hotel covers four acres of gardens and woodland, and now has 84 guestrooms, a spa, heated outdoor pool, children's playground, tennis courts, a nine-hole pitch and putt golf course and direct access to Knoll Beach.