Botleigh Grange: Hotel with low food hygiene rating sold

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Botleigh Grange HotelImage source, Philip Halling
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Botleigh Grange Hotel was built in the 17th Century and has been used as a venue for weddings

A hotel which closed after being given a very low food hygiene rating has sold for an undisclosed sum.

Botleigh Grange, a 17th Century country house in Hedge End, Hampshire, was put into administration in January.

Administrators Leonard Curtis said the 55-bedroom property has been bought by an international hotelier.

Health inspectors gave the spa hotel a food hygiene rating of one out of five in November, requiring major improvement. The lowest rating is zero.

Leonard Curtis said the site, which has previously been used as a wedding venue, was being surveyed to establish what work needs to be done ahead of it reopening.

The administrators subsequently said a Daily Echo report highlighting the hygiene violations was "one of the contributing factors" behind the hotel's collapse.

Confirming the sale, joint administrator Neil Bennett said: "The property has attracted a high level of interest, as expected, and the buyer is an extremely experienced hotelier from overseas."

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