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Coastal hotel makes way for ‘staycation’ apartments in multi-million-pound re-development in Devon

A hotel on the South Devon coast is to make way for a series of modern ‘staycation’ apartments in a £3.3m re-development project

The 18-bed Lantern Lodge Hotel is being replaced by a modern mixed-use apartment development in a £3.3m project. Trinity Square Developments will create 14 new apartments on the site, nine of which will be holiday lets aimed at the UK’s booming ‘staycation’ market. Specialist development finance lender, Shawbrook Bank, is funding the multi-million-pound project.

Lantern Lodge Hotel, based in Hope Cove, Devon, will be replaced by 14 new modern apartments by Trinity Square Developments.

Nine of the new units – which will provide guests with uninterrupted views over the English Channel – will be holiday lets aimed at the UK’s growing ‘staycation’ market.

With international travel highly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and UK holidaymakers opting to vacation at home, it is hoped the holiday lets will be in high demand following construction. 

Robert Graham, co-owner of Trinity Square Developments, said: “This is an exciting project and one that we believe will spark outstanding demand in this particular area from holidaymakers looking for a stunning UK ‘staycation’ in Devon.

“We became aware of this opportunity when I was visiting family in the area. The Lantern Lodge Hotel is known across the Cove but in recent years the establishment has become dated and run down and we believed a complete ground-up re-development would revitalise the area. The hotel is situated on a cliff top complete with outstanding uninterrupted sea views of the English Channel and so offered an excellent opportunity.”

He continued: “After a protracted planning process, we obtained consent for 14 apartments and one manager’s apartment to be constructed on the site. Of the 14 apartments, nine cannot be used as a primary residence and will be offered as modern, state-of-the-art holiday lets. With our local connections, we are also looking forward to using as much local labour as possible for the completion of this project.

“With buyer patterns shifting and high demand for holiday homes and staycations in the UK, we believe these units will be popular with potential owner occupiers and holiday let investors.”

Trinity Square Developments – set-up by school friends Robert Graham and Simon Bird in 2017 – is a specialist property developer that identifies unique re-development projects to unlock land potential and maximise returns for its customers and partners.

Shawbrook Bank is financing the £3.3m re-development of Lantern Lodge with the specialist development finance lender stepping in to support Trinity after their initial funder pulled out due to Covid-19 concerns.

Stewart Budge, who recently joined Shawbrook as a Relationship Manager within the Bank’s specialist Development Finance team, said: “Trinity approached ourselves following a last minute change of heart from their previous lender who had initially agreed to fund the project.

“In line with our specialist foundations and our commitment to assessing each project on its own merits using good sense and judgement, we had faith in both the developer and the potential for this project and so were only too glad to help.

“Not only will this project revitalise the area and offer outstanding holiday lets, but the development will give the surrounding economy a boost also through the use of skilled, local labour and expertise.”

Simon Knowles, Director of Development Finance at Shawbrook Bank, said:  “At Shawbrook, we took a view that whilst the location was off patch for this client, the proposed units would be well received in the market and so offered outstanding potential in the current UK holiday market.

“The client has the capabilities and track record to deliver another excellent scheme. We are delighted to be supporting this ambitious and exciting project and are eager to see the final result on completion.”

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