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Former Dovercourt House, Harwich Essex Extensively Refurbished, Potential for Property Development

Dovercourt, Essex
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FREEHOLD GUIDE PRICE £650,000 - £700,000

CONTACT (available on request). UK.


The home is situated in popular Essex coastal location and occupies a convenient position within walking distance of the seafront and nearby town centre shops. Doctors surgeries, a dentist, opticians are also close by as are all other local amenities.

The Property:

The building is a conversion of two substantial detached properties that have been combined and extended to provide quality accommodation for a maximum of 27 residents.

The home has 22 actual bedrooms,17 single (10 en suite) and five double/shared rooms (all en suite). It is felt that there is further scope to develop the property, possibly to increase to around 30 bedrooms in total. No planning permission for such development has been obtained or sought by the current proprietors.

The Business:

Until the closure scheduled for early March 2020 the business had been registered to provide care and accommodation for a maximum of 27 residents within the categories of old age and dementia. When last inspected by the CQC the home was awarded a rating of Requires Improvement, however the owner has since made improvements to the business and the home had benefitted from an extensive refurbishment programme that has seen investment in the region of £150,000.

It should be noted that whilst the home is registered for 27, there are actually 22 bedrooms of which five are doubles.

The Opportunity:

After a period of reduced occupancy where the number of residents at the home was around 15, the decision was reluctantly taken to close the home and for the residents to be moved to alternative accommodation. The full closure of the home is scheduled for late February, early March 2020.

The sale of the closed care home offers a variety of options for prospective purchasers:

• Re-open as a residential care home (OA DE)
• Re-open as a care home but for alternative care such as nursing (subject to registration).
• Convert to provide specialist care such as LD, MH or ABI (subject to registration).
• Change of use to alternative business such as doctors/dentist surgery, children’s day nursery, children’s home etc. (subject to change of use/planning permission).
• Property development such as conversion to flats (subject to change of use/ planning permission).


Accommodation is arranged over the ground and first floor; there is also a basement cellar used for storage only, and former private accommodation on the second floor now used as an office and store rooms.

Ground Floor:
Entrance porch and hallway.
7 single bedrooms (4 en suite)
1 double/shared bedroom (en suite)
Care managers office.
Dining room (2 adjacent rooms with access to the passenger lift)
Kitchen and separate food store.
Main lounge with access to the rear patio and garden.
Hair salon.
Second lounge with sea views.
Laundry room.
Laundry cupboard.
Bathroom with assisted bath.
Separate WC’s x 2
Visitor WC.
Staff room with WC.
Door to cellar with three rooms (maintenance store & general storage)

Stairs and passenger lift leading to:-
First Floor:
10 single bedrooms (6 en suite)
4 double/shared bedrooms (all en suite)
Sluice room.
Bathroom & Bathroom with hoist.

Stairs leading to:-

Second Floor:
Former private accommodation comprising: lounge, bathroom, office, two store rooms plus extensive loft storage space.


A driveway to the side of the building provides access to off road parking for approximately 5-6 vehicles.

A delightful patio with quality gazebo leads to a well maintained garden including vegetable patch. The garden enjoys an elevated position overlooking the seafront with far reaching views.

A detached purpose built store houses the fridges and freezers.

Current Registration:

At the time of going to the market the home was registered for 27 and under the terms of The Health and Social Care Act 2008, the registration will be reviewed by the CQC upon change of ownership. No approach should be made to them without the prior consent of the vendor.


We are given to understand by our vendor clients that the property has the benefit of full mains services.


Please contact the Vendors Agents at Head Office. Under no circumstances is a direct approach to be made to the Vendor.


As with all Estate Agents, DC Care is subject to the Anti Money Laundering Regulations 2017. This means that we have to obtain and hold identification and proof of address for both sellers and buyers of businesses we are marketing. Additionally, we are required to establish whether there are any beneficial owners on whose behalf the transaction or activity is taking place, hence we would request you to identify anyone who you would consider to have a beneficial interest. Where appropriate, the source or destination of funds may also be requested. Without this information, we will be unable to proceed with any offers you might make.

Below is a list of acceptable identity documents. We require sight of all original or certified documents. Subject to your individual circumstances, DC Care may liaise with you for further/other documentation.

Individual identity documents:

We will require one document from List A and one recent document from List B dated within the past three months.

• Current signed passport.
• Valid UK driving licence.
• EEA member state identity card.

• Utility bill.
• Mortgage statement.
• Bank / building society statement.
• Valid UK driving licence (if not used for List A as ID)
• State pension benefits book.
• Home or motor insurance certificate.
• Current local authority tax bill/tenancy agreement.
• Solicitors letter confirming house purchased/ land registration.
• NHS Medical card.

These sales details (including any enclosures and attachments) have been prepared for the exclusive use and benefit of the addressee(s) and solely for the purpose for which it is provided. Unless we provide express prior written consent, no part of this document should be reproduced, distributed or communicated to any third party other than your legal advisors (ie Solicitor, Accountant, Finance Broker etc).

Listing Details
Freehold Price: £700,000
Tenure: Freehold
Location: Dovercourt, Essex
Sector: Empty And Vacant Premises, Development Sites, Residential And Retirement
Key Features
  • Close to Local Amenities
  • Vacant/Empty Premises
  • Prime Location
  • With Car Park
  • Currently Closed
  • Potential for Alternative Use
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