Red Lion Hotel for Sale

The Red Lion Grade II listed hotel has been put up for sale for £7.5m.

The iconic hotel dates back to 1600s and many of the 35 bedrooms have been named after the Royal visitors who have said to have stayed there including George III, George IV and Charles I.

The current owners MG Hotels, also own The Manor Hotel in Datchet, near Windsor which is not on the market.  The hotel like all other UK hotels was shutdown in March after the outbreak of Covid-19.  The hotel is currently offering homeless people accommodation in the courtyard rooms through an arrangement with South Oxfordshire District Council.

Knight Frank are selling the freehold property which as well as the 35 en-suite bedrooms there is a bar, restaurant, conference suites and events facilities for up to 200 guests as well as 25 parking spaces. The website details state, “Investment highlights include Grade II listed boutique hotel with original period features situated on the western bank of the River Thames in the centre of Henley. Planning permission to add a further 4 bedrooms within the existing building footprint and an additional 3 bedrooms capable of conversion from staff accommodation. Potential to add 16 additional bedrooms within existing demise (subject to the necessary consents).”

The hotel also currently has an agreement with Henley Town Council to use Red Lion lawn next to the river.

Many guests on Trip Advisor comment, that the hotel offers a great location, friendly service, excellent Sunday roasts and good afternoon tea however the hotel is “tired and massively in need of TLC.”  There were rumours circulating last year that Soho House were looking at the hotel.

We asked the Red Lion owners and Knight Frank for a statement but have yet to receive a reply.