The Falcon Hotel in Bude has been sold – to the fifth generation descendants of the original owners.
Tim and Dorothy Browning, who have owned the 29-bedroom hotel for 35 years, recently sold the property via agents Christie +& Co to Rupert and Christine Brendon (and other members of the Brendon family) for an undisclosed sum.
Browning said: “We have worked hard to make The Falcon Hotel the best in Bude – investing in our people and infrastructure, and maintaining high standards of hospitality and service.
“We couldn’t have found more fitting owners to pass the reins on to, and are very happy that the hotel is going back to the Brendon family.”
The Brendon’s ancestral connection to the property goes back to the 1840s, when George Brendon first leased the hotel; he bought the freehold in 1872 and the family retained possession until the 1980s, when the hotel was sold.
The Brendon family kept the attached pub, The Falcon Inn, which they renamed The Brendon Arms; it remains under their ownership today.
Rupert Brendon is looking forward to following in his family’s footsteps: “The Falcon Hotel is an elegant and iconic building, which now has much improved facilities and an outstanding team of staff, thanks to Tim and Dorothy.
“We are extremely pleased that Tim has agreed to stay on as a consultant, helping make the management transition smooth and seamless.”