Somerset hotel changes hands in £3.9m deal

The RO Group has sold the Travelodge on Riverside Retail Park in Taunton.

It has been bought by The Independent Order of Oddfellows Manchester Unity Friendly Society (The Unity United (Property) Investment Fund) for £3.9m.

The Travelodge is a purpose built, 64 bedroom hotel with a larger than typical room size and a recently upgraded Energy Performance Regulation rating of EPC B.

RO was advised by BNP Real Estate and WBD.  Christopher Dee represented the purchaser.

Edward Rowlandson, group managing director, said: “We have had tremendous success with our Travelodge asset in the town, which lies only around 40 miles from both Bristol and Exeter airports, and are delighted to pass the baton to the new owners.  We believe that they will enjoy continued favourable returns from the property, which will continue to benefit in the long term from the nearby development of Hinkley Point, one of the UK’s major infrastructure investment commitments.

“We will use the proceeds of sale in the normal course of our business: to identify, purchase, develop and maintain property assets across the southern half of the country for both our continued success and to the benefit of local economies.  Reinvestment into and the upgrading of assets by the private sector is an important tenet of the national economy, particularly with sustainability being such an important focus, and one that we will continue to pursue.”

Nick Cashmore, investment director, said: “We are very pleased to have successfully concluded our business plan and completed the sale in a quick timeframe.  We are actively seeking new development opportunities to reinvest the proceeds of this and other recent sales from the portfolio.”

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