Mannings Hotel on the market

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One of Cornwall’s longest-serving hoteliers is retiring, putting the ever-popular Mannings Hotel on the market after 30 years of ownership.

Lynn Manning bought the hotel in 1993 with her husband, who tragically died of a brain tumour not long after they had started the extensive renovation and refurbishment programme of the Grade ll listed coaching inn.

“I was brought up in the hospitality industry right here in Cornwall,” explained Manning. “I had been looking at this beautiful but neglected hotel for years, and eventually my husband and I approached the then owners and started negotiations for us to buy it.

“At the time, there were plans to turn it into a shopping centre, but fortunately we were able to invest in the hotel instead, turning it into a much loved and successful business which has surely been part of thousands of lives since it was built in 1797. I have always seen the hotel as part of the heritage of Truro and I hope whoever buys it will have the same vision for keeping the business at the heart of the local community.

“We had wonderful support from the conservation dept at Cornwall Council who helped us to work to preserve and restore our heritage building, and I would like to thank everyone who supported us throughout the last 30 years.”

She added: “After more than 30 years running this thriving hotel, it’s time for me to hand over the reins to someone who is as ambitious for the hotel as I am. I’ve loved the journey we’ve been on and can’t wait to see what’s in store both for me, and for the hotel.”

Property consultant, Vickery Holman, is handling the sale with a guide price of £4.5 million.