After months of speculation Helston’s Nansloe Manor Hotel has been put up for sale – for a cool £3 million.
It marks the end of a nine-year tenure by current owners David and Betty Carr, who bought the property in 2004 and after extensive refurbishment opened it as a hotel and restaurant in 2008.
The hotel reached an international audience in 2011 when Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt stayed there for two weeks while filming blockbuster World War Z in Falmouth.
The director and many of the other key actors also booked out rooms, with Lost star Matthew Fox also staying briefly and Angelina Jolie visiting her husband Brad for an overnight stay.
The hotel closed at the end of last December, two days before Christmas.
A note on its website, which still remains, stated that internal alternations meant the business could not run while these were completed and the hotel would reopen “at some point during 2013.”
Last week, however, details for the hotel were placed on the website of high end estate agents Savills.
It is being sold off a guide price of £2,950,000. Set in 4.68 acres of land, the hotel has 15 bedrooms and a restaurant that seats 70 people.
In a separate building is a private cinema or conference room – at one stage used as a cafe serving light lunches – with a further building converted into a spa with a games or treatment room, exercise pool and gym.
The three-bedroom lodge house at the start of the driveway leading to the hotel, off Meneage Road, is being sold as part of the package. The Grade II Listed hotel actually began life in humble circumstances, the earliest record being for a one-roomed granite farm cottage in the 16th century.
However this was subsequently knocked down and replaced in the early 17th century with what formed the beginning of the building today – a manor house built for William Robinson and the daughter of Thomas Penrose from the neighbouring Penrose Estate.
Their son, Thomas was a Colonel in the army of King Charles I and became mayor of Helston but was later killed by a bull at Nansloe.
The house was extensively remodelled in the 18th century to take on the Georgian style, with a three-storey extension and a gatehouse built at the end of the drive. This was destroyed by fire on Good Friday in 1917 and its replacement, the lodge that remains today, was built in 1924.
A further, grander, extension was built in the 19th century.
Past owners of the manor house are believed to include Henry Rogers, a grandson of Helston inventor Henry Trengrouse.
It was requisitioned during the Second World War, when sick Italian and German prisoners of war were billeted there, before being brought back into the Penrose Estate in 1942.
In 1974 the manor was given to the National Trust as part of a package of over 1,500 acres but since 1982 has been in private ownership, run as a hotel by various owners.