Top North Devon resort hotel goes on market

Colliers International called in to market Osborne Hotel in Ilfracombe.


Operated by the same family since 1970, the Osborne Hotel in Ilfracombe has been placed on the market with global real estate advisor Colliers International. 

Situated on Wilder Road within easy walking distance of the town’s main attractions, the 53-room hotel was originally constructed as four villas. The Grade II listed Northfield House and the garage were acquired to the rear providing access to Northfield Road. 

Osborne Hotel is on the market with offers invited in the region of £1.2 million. 

Ed Jefferson from Colliers International’s hotels team said: “Ilfracombe has a long association with tourism and now draws new generations of visitors keen to sample the popular surfing beaches at nearby Woolacombe, Croyde and Saunton Sands. 

“Damien Hirst’s 20-metre tall statue Verity stands on the end of the pier, signifying the town’s continuing appeal.” 

Osborne Hotel enjoys a prime town centre location. It is a grand and spacious property with a main bar sitting 60, lounge for 25 and a main restaurant with 120 covers. It also boasts one of the largest ballrooms in the area licensed for 200 people. 

There is also a large two-bedroom private flat in Northfield Road for the owners as well as a four-bedroom flat above the garage which is currently used for storage but has previously been used as staff accommodation. 

The hotel was visited by Channel 5 hospitality guru Alex Polizzi for one episode of the Hotel Inspector, where it was used as an example of well-managed hotel. 

Ed Jefferson said the site extended to 0.4 acres - with the area around Northfield House and the garage offering potential for development to flats or holiday apartments subject to the usual planning permissions. 

“The hotel also makes an ideal base to explore Exmoor and the South West Coast Path and there are a number of picture postcard hamlets for people seeking a quieter holiday.” 

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Ed Jefferson

Senior Surveyor


I trained with a long established firm of specialist chartered surveyors and have been working in the leisure sector since 2010. I joined Colliers Hotels Agency team in 2017 to cover the South West region and am based in Bristol.

I have a strong agency based background and have specialised in the hotel sector for some time. My core focus is handling top quality privately owned hotels & Inns throughout the South West region.

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Suzy Simpson

Associate Director

London - West End

As Acting Head of PR & Communications for UK and EMEA, I am currently covering maternity leave for Director of PR & Communications,  Charlotte Williams. 

In this role I am responsible for:

• Developing and executing internal, external & digital communications strategy for the UK and EMEA business.
• Developing and implementing tactical communications plans to build the brand and promote key messages across all aspects of the mdeia - print, broadcast and social
• Advising senior management on communications and developing a media engagement programme that supports key business lines.
• Media evaluation and reporting objectives, targets and successes across the business.
• Reputation management and crisis management
• Media training


  • Manage the UK in-house PR team and oversee the work of our external PR agencies and consultants
  • Provide strategic direction to the PR & Digtal Marketing teams across EMEA
  • I am a member of the EMEA Marekting Leadership and Global PR & Social teams
  • I lead the EMEA PR Leadership team

Prior to taking on this role, I was an Associate Director with my main responsibilities being to oversee PR strategy for the UK regions, my key resiponsibilities include:

  • Developing and implementing PR campaigns for service lines across the UK/EMEA regions as well as on ongoing profile raising of our UK regional offices.

  • Delivering creative PR campaigns and distributing news from across the business, including new instructions, transactions, research reports, new starters and new business initiatives.

  • Developing relationships between key individuals and relevant journalists through our strategic media engagement programme. 

  • Drafting and managing industry award entries.

  • Supporting PR Director Charlotte Freeman on EMEA M&As and major corporate annaouncements  to ensure that the brand is properly represented externally.

  • Media Training for key spokespeople

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