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Closed golf course has hotel planning consent

9.31am 8th January 2009 - Property

Strutt & Parker’s Leisure and Hotels Department is instructed to sell the freehold of Thoulstone Park Golf Club with valuable planning consent for a new 54 bedroom full service 4* hotel. The guide price is £1.3m.

The sale presents a rare opportunity to acquire ‘a blank canvas’ on which to create a potentially highly successful enterprise. Closed around six years ago it was originally developed as an 18 hole golf course and floodlit 20 bay driving range with separate clubhouse and functions buildings.

Chris Gooch, who is handling the sale said, “It is very rare for a closed golf course to come to the market and with Thoulstone’s easily accessible location and development potential it presents an exciting opportunity and we expect good interest.”

The property extends to approximately 145 acres (59 hectares). The MRM Sandow designed 18 hole 6,317 yards (Par 71) golf course is set in attractive former parkland – additional land is available by negotiation – and there are pop up sprinklers to the tees and greens, although the pump and controls are likely to need replacing.

There is a well screened floodlit 20 bay driving range adjoining the 474 sq m (5100 sq ft) clubhouse and a separate 1,022 sq m (11,000 sq ft) functions building, all are in need of refurbishment.

“Situated 3 miles north of Warminster just off the busy A36 close to junctions with the Warminster is at the head of the delightful Wylye Valley and the surrounding countryside – with Longleat Safari Park (over 800,000 visitors a year) and Center Parcs Longleat Forest Village (around 448,000 guests each year) – is a popular leisure destination,” said Chris Gooch. “Add to this the area’s many other attractions including the Westbury White Horse and Stourhead and there is great untapped potential at Thoulstone. Additionally with the local A road network providing direct access to Bath, Salisbury and Bristol we believe a successful business can be quickly re-established.”

Viewing is strictly by appointment through Strutt & Parker LLP. For further information please contact: Chris Gooch Tel: 01722 344057 Email:

Strutt & Parker LLP.

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