Iconic hotel on the Studland peninsula sold by Savills

14 July 2017

The hotels, development and licensed leisure teams have successfully agreed the sale of the Knoll House Hotel in Dorset.

The hotel, on the Studland Peninsula, has been sold for the first time in over half a century, to a high net worth individual on behalf of the owners, Knoll House Hotel Ltd.

Built in the early 1900s, Knoll House has been owned and run by the Ferguson family since 1959, and it will continue to be run as a hotel by the new owner.

The seaside hotel was a favourite haunt of Enid Blyton, who visited three of four times a year during the 1950s. She would write her stories at the hotel, which is said to have inspired her classic Famous Five adventures.

Over the years, Knoll House Hotel has played host to a long list of guests from film, television and politics, including Winston Churchill, David Suchet, Sir Roger Bannister and Richard Branson.

The 84 bedroom hotel is set in approximately 4.33 acres (1.75 hectares) of woodland and has direct access to a three mile sandy beach. Knoll House Hotel is well known for its restaurant and leisure facilities, which include a nine hole pitch and putt golf course and tennis courts.

Savills hotels, south coast development and licensed leisure teams have used their expertise to bring a number of suitable operators and local developers to the table and assess the potential for a smaller food and drink led operation, alongside residential development.

Martin Rogers, head of UK hotel transactions at Savills, comments: “We are delighted to have secured new owners for Knoll House as the owners head into retirement following nearly 60 years of business. The UK regional hotel market continues to attract investors’ attention as they look for long term income security and well known local assets.”

Colin Wilkins, head of Savills south coast development team in Southampton, said: “Our combined marketing strategy gave Knoll House the greatest possible exposure across three target audiences. We had interest from developers, investors and hoteliers from Sandbanks to as far away as Pasadena, USA.  The eventual sale reinforces the potential of the hotel as a prime tourist attraction in an outstanding location.”


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Colin Wilkins

Colin Wilkins

Head of Development Services


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