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Essex Hotelier Couple To Raffle £1m Hotel

An Essex hotelier couple are planning to “raffle their £1m hotel with tickets costing £1,000 each.

Gordon and Blossom Hoyles have been at the helm of 14-bedroom Hotel Continental in Dovercourt for 18 years and have decided to raffle the property as opposed to selling by conventional agency means, which, they say could take up to two years.

Gordon Hoyles, 78, told a daily tabloid: “One morning I woke up at 3.30am, went to the bar and said to our night porter I would raffle the hotel.

“I started to look into it and found we could do it as a prize draw. We got a solicitor and started putting it together.

“Blossom and I think it’s time for a change. I haven’t got that much time to spare and I don’t want to be arguing over conveyancing trifles at 80 plus.

“Going might be a bit traumatic – a bit painful, but having decided to go we want to go quickly. It seems a good thing to give the winner an instant, exciting, life-changing, lucky day.”

The couple hope the ticket sales could start within a month. Terms and conditions are still being discussed including whether there will need to be a minimum number of tickets sold for the sale to go ahead.

The hotel, which overlooks Dovercourt Bay, has a bar, 24-cover restaurant and a terrace garden, and featured on Channel 4 show Four in a Bed in 2012, surprising guests, and viewers with its “unique and deliberately different” decor, including one room decorated like a ship’s cabin, with a stained glass porthole window.

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