One of Britain’s biggest nudist camps which attracts thousands of holidaymakers each year has gone on the market for £1.1million.
Southleigh Manor naturists’ holiday park, which draws tourists from all over the globe, is up for sale after owners Bob and Kathy Prescott decided to retire.
The park, at St Columb Major, near Newquay, is a three acre resort boasting 42 touring caravan and camping pitches, log cabins, a bar and restaurant and manor house.
Caption: Southleigh Manor holiday park at St Columb Major, near Newquay, is up for sale for a £1.1 million (Picture: Southleigh Manor)
Bob and Kathy, who have been running the holiday park for 18 years, said they decided to sell following the recent birth of their grandson Harry.
Bob, 69, said: ‘With my wife not being in the best of health and with the birth of our grandson, we feel it’s time to enjoy our retirement and take it easy a bit more.
‘My two boys live in Sussex so we can’t actually get to see our grandkid at the moment.
‘The plan is to retire and move back to Sussex and get in that quality time.
Bob Prescott says the park is a ‘great leveller’ (Picture: Southleigh Manor)
‘It will be a wrench – we’ve always liked Cornwall ever since coming down here on holidays. We came here to the park 19 years ago and the people who had it were struggling.
‘After a conversation we ended up buying up the place. It turned out to be a very expensive holiday but we’ve done well out of it.’
Bob said he would be ‘sorry to go’ but admits the couple ‘can’t go on forever’ – and is not sure whether the new owners will keep the business as a nudist camp.
‘We’re the biggest naturist holiday camp in Cornwall – the other one being a members’ club only,’ he said.
‘There’s not many naturist camps in the whole country so it’s a very niche market.’
The couple say they have done a lot of improvement since they took over, and now get a lot of regular customers.
Bob added: ‘It’s very much bittersweet, it’s a huge part of our lives. I will miss it tremendously.
‘I’m the sort of person who doesn’t like to sit still. Running Southleigh has certainly kept me well and truly busy.
The owners say the comradeship between visitors is excellent (Picture: Southleigh Manor)
‘We very much hope it will stay as a naturist park.
‘You couldn’t come to a more safer place, especially with children and the comradeship is tremendous.
‘It’s just a nice atmosphere to be in and it’s totally non-sexual.
‘It’s a great leveller. We get all walks of life. But it’s really about the comradeship between people that visit.’
The camp features a huge manor house in its grounds (Picture: Southleigh Manor)
Colliers International have marketed it with a guide price of £1.1 million.
Spokeswoman Amy Brooksbank said: ‘It is presently operated as a niche business, and therefore there is considerable scope to further develop it.
‘It would perfectly suit existing holiday park operators or parties looking to enter the market.’