A FORMER care home in Sutton Bridge could be the “ideal” location for a Hotel for Heroes.
Director of the Bridge for Heroes charity Mike Taylor has confirmed he is looking at Sudeley House with an eye to its potential as the location for a hotel dedicated to week-long breaks for servicemen and their families.
The property, in Wharf Street, is a similar size to the Bridge Hotel, which Mr Taylor had previously considered, and is on the market for £274,950.
It also has planning permission for further extension.
Mr Taylor said: “We are looking at Sudeley House as a potential location for our Hotel for Heroes.
“It could be ideal as it purpose-built for people with disabilities and it is bigger than the Bridge Hotel.
“I would say it is 99.9 per cent right for what we want it for but it is still early days and at this stage we are just considering it.
“What I can say is that we are still looking for hotel premises within this area. Bridge for Heroes’ headquarters is here and we are looking at an area between Hunstanton, Wisbech and Spalding.”
Bridge for Heroes had become synonymous with the Bridge Hotel, which sold at auction in November for £175,000.
In the end Mr Taylor did not bid for the hotel as it was decided it was “not fit for purpose” and has been looking for alternative premises for the veterans’ hotel.
As well as accommodation, Mr Taylor had planned a 200-seat cinema for veterans and the local community, a museum, military library, tea room, gym, sauna, creche and function room.
While the search goes on for premises, Bridge for Heroes has found a suitable place for a contact centre for veterans in King’s Lynn.
The centre will have a charity shop section and an information area where veterans, serving troops and their families will be able to seek support and help, or just drop in for a chat.
Sudeley House, which has been part refurbished and has 17 en suite bedrooms, is being marketed by selling agents Brown & Co. The guide price has recently reduced by £70,050.
Tim Humphrey, from Brown & Co, said: “This provides another excellent opportunity for buyers to invest in Sutton Bridge.
“The property does require further refurbishment but has potential for several different types of development and looks good value for money with the current owners open to all offers.
“The property could be changed back to a large domestic residence subject to obtaining the necessary planning consent.
“There is potential for significant uplift in value.”