Harbour Hotels Expands into Chichester

Harbour Hotels has acquired a landmark Grade II* listed Georgian hotel situated in the heart of Chichester. Currently trading as ‘The Ship Hotel’, the property provides 37 bedrooms, including a luxurious private cottage which overlooks Priory Park.

Set within the city walls of Chichester, the property has planning consent for a large extension, to include 25 additional bedrooms, additional function facilities and undercroft parking.

John Chesterman of Chichester Hotel Company LLP said:
“We have been very proud to own The Ship Hotel and have, over the last ten years, restored this grand hotel to its former glory. It’s been a privilege to work with the wonderful staff and watch the Ship play its part in the phenomenal growth of the city over recent years. We are pleased that the new owners Harbour Hotels are in a strong position to carry out the further expansion of the hotel and maintain and develop its solid reputation as Chichester’s premier accommodation and restaurant venue.”

 Mike Warren, Managing Director of Harbour Hotels, comments:
We are very excited to be taking the Harbour Hotels brand to Chichester; it’s an exciting location and a key strategic position from our perspective. The Ship is a prestigious, landmark property with some outstanding features. There is an excellent team of staff at the property and we are delighted to have such an addition to the Harbour Hotels portfolio.”

An affluent city, with its own harbour, Chichester is the only city in the county of West Sussex and consequently serves a large hinterland. Along with Chichester’s principal attractions of the Theatre, Cathedral and Pallant House Gallery, tourism also thrives throughout the year thanks to the city’s busy events calendar.

The Ship Hotel will be re-branded as a Harbour Hotel in early 2016, and will further capitalise on both local and wider tourism through the addition of luxury facilities and an award-winning restaurant concept.

The latest acquisition follows Harbour Hotels’ recent announcement of new properties in Brighton, Bristol and South Sands (Salcombe). The Group’s ambitious expansion plans will now introduce the brand into some of the UK’s most desirable and vibrant cities; confirming its position as one of the most exciting luxury hotel Groups.

Chichester Hotel Company LLP were represented by Savills in the sale of this property.

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