Wednesday, September 23, 2015

News: Hooton Lodge up for auction following closure

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A country inn and the site of the former Rotherham United training ground is set to go under the hammer next week.

Hooton Lodge at Hooton Roberts, which has until recently has been operated as a Country Inn, is described as a substantial stone property on an elevated open rural location offering extensive living accommodation in addition to public bars, restaurant areas and catering kitchens. Joint agents, Auction House and Fine & Country believe that it is considered suitable for conversion to a private dwelling of considerable character, subject to the usual planning consents.

Set for the auction at Gainsborough Golf Club on September 29, the 4,252 sq ft property has been given the guide price of £300,000 - £350,000. Also at the same auction is a lot for the adjacent 43 acres of land - the former Millers training facility - which has been given a guide price of £375,000.

Owned by local company, C F Booth Ltd, one of the largest independently run recycling companies in Europe and whose family previously owned the football club, around 20 hectares to the rear of the pub has been used in recent years as a small scale touring park.

A planning application was submitted at the end of 2014 for a large scale caravan park with 93 touring caravan pitches to add to the current 18 that were given planning permission in 2012. Further plans are being drawn up for an office / reception block and a toilet / amenity block on the site. The plans added that the owner also proposes improvements to Hooton Lodge Public House to include a large function room and a separate application would be submitted. It is estimated that the development is valued at £1m.

The application is still being assessed by Rotherham Council.

The site has also been used for rallies and events such as Dub Odyssey, which attracts 3,000 Volkswagen fans each year.

With the closure of Hooton Lodge, organisers of Dub Odyssey have had to cancel the event for 2015.

Auction House website
Fine & Country website

Images: Fine & Country

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