Owners of popular Cleethorpes guesthouse Hotel 77 to sell beloved business
A POPULAR Cleethorpes guesthouse is on the market after treating holiday makers to traditional seaside hospitality for 20 years.
Owners of Hotel 77 on Kingsway, Amelia and John Knox, have decided to sell up and retire – for the second time.
They came and fell in love with Cleethorpes 20 years ago after retiring from a 30-year career in the pub trade.
Originally from Liverpool, they are looking forward to a well-deserved rest – but plan on staying in the resort they now call home.
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Amelia, 78, said: "We don't want to retire, we love running the guesthouse, we love Cleethorpes and being so close to the seafront. Waking up every morning and seeing the beautiful view.
"We will miss all the different people we meet and look after, from contractors to holiday makers. We get plenty of regulars who come back every year. It is a lovely business to be in."
John, 81, has battled with cancer for 21 years. Now in remission, he has had four operations and has just half a lung on each side.
Even without ill-health, Amelia says running the 14-bedroom guesthouse is a lot of work for the couple, who admit they are getting on a bit.
Over the years they have been doing what they can to keep the business going but are keen to see it taken on by someone who can give it their all.
And as Cleethorpes continues to thrive, they are confident a buyer for the £475,000 property won't be hard to find – if a little worried the dug up flower beds on the Kingsway outside could put them off.
Amelia continued: "We only do what we can, with us being our age, but there is a lot more that could be done with it.
"It offers traditional seaside hospitality and we have lots of happy memories here.
"We would love to stay in Cleethorpes, even if our family live far away. It is our home now. We love it here."