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Isle of Man's Castle Mona hotel sells for £1.21m at auction

Castle Mona Hotel, Isle of Man Image copyright Lambert Smith Hampton
Image caption The once-glamorous hotel has been empty for more than a decade

A Manx hotel, once home to a duke but left empty for more than a decade, has sold for £1.21m at auction.

The 98-bedroom Castle Mona hotel was built in 1801 but closed in 2006 and has since fallen into disrepair.

Owners The Sefton Group Plc said last month that a previously agreed sale had fallen through, and that the Douglas hotel would be put back on the market.

Confirming the latest sale, auctioneers Lambert Smith Hampton said there were "about 70 bidders" for the property.

Image caption The hotel comes with facilities including a ballroom and a bowling alley
Image copyright Lambert Smith Hampton
Image caption The Castle Mona had operated as a hotel since 1831 but closed in 2006

Spokesman Simon Rignall said: "We had a very realistic reserve on the property and we came into the room expecting quite a few bids - we were right."

The buyer's identity or plans for the imposing seafront building have not yet been disclosed.

The Castle Mona Hotel was built as a home for the fourth Duke of Athol, who was a governor of the island, before being converted into a hotel in 1835 after his death.

It was previously sold by Skyland Investments to the Sefton Group in 2007 for about £4m and had been back on the market since 2011.

Image copyright Manx National Heritage
Image caption It was built as a home for the 4th Duke of Athol, who was a governor of the island

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