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Jul. 17th, 2011 | 01:26 pm
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posted by: silvolf in abandonedplaces

This hotel is in my town in Devon. I love the architecture on it, its such a shame no one wants it. Sadly I couldn't get into it but the outside photos are nice. its been abandoned for a few years now. The town is a seaside town but its popularity with tourists is waning. There are lots of hotels in the town but because less people are coming here each year, the hotels are closing because they aren't making enough money to stay open. Once they close, they are usually left like this one and often set fire to, to claim for insurance. There is a lot of arson in this town. Sometimes when they have been burned down, nothing is built in their place. An old arcade burned down years ago and instead of enlarging the park into the space or building something new there, the council merely put up a wooden fence to hide the empty space. I grew up in this town but it is dying now. The hightstreet is full of either shops that come, find the rent is too high and leave or charity shops.
Sometimes the hotels and larger buildings are knocked down and when places buy them, they don't renovate, but knock the buildings down and build new ones. A perfect example of this is a hotel up my street that was a landmark, with red bricks, a ballroom, indoor swimming pool and great views. A company bought it and instead of renovating it, they knocked it down, started building retirement flats and then ran out of money, abandoned it for a year before they could restart it again and three years later it still hasn't been finished. They are working on it now. The town wanted a good leisure center. Instead they put retirement flats at the top of a hill (the town is full of hills) which is sad for the old folks having to carry their shopping up the hill from the town.

Anyway this is the first of two hotels I photographed a couple of weeks ago. I can't remember the name of this one. All I know is the building is old and beautiful, with unusual windows and really needs to be bought and used again before it becomes damaged or set on fire.

Here is the first picture. I took this across the road to get the whole building in.














If you look closely through the window, you can see the ceiling inside with peeling paint and parts coming away. This fascinates me.


I love this little balcony.


There are signs for builders but no one bothers to come here.


Finally the side of the hotel. Look how far back it goes! Its massive!

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Ponee

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from: featherfire
date: Jul. 17th, 2011 12:34 pm (UTC)
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Oh wow, what an absolutely gorgeous building. Someone needs to buy it! I want to buy it!

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The Silver Wolf of Darkness

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from: silvolf
date: Jul. 17th, 2011 12:35 pm (UTC)
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I'd love to explore inside it! I really hope someone buys it soon.

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faeriesmak

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from: faeriesmak
date: Jul. 17th, 2011 01:50 pm (UTC)
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It's beautiful

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The Silver Wolf of Darkness

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from: silvolf
date: Jul. 17th, 2011 01:56 pm (UTC)
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It is, I wish I could have stayed there even though its in my town or even gone in when it was open.

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tree_calledlife

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from: tree_calledlife
date: Jul. 17th, 2011 02:11 pm (UTC)
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Oh wow, how beautiful. This makes me sad. :(

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The Silver Wolf of Darkness

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from: silvolf
date: Jul. 17th, 2011 04:39 pm (UTC)
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Me too, I hate seeing places like this fall into decay.

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loli_cat

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from: loli_cat
date: Jul. 17th, 2011 02:50 pm (UTC)
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Those are HUGE windows! They must be 5 or 6 ft tall! I like the windows in the roof of the corner turrets too. And the lacy railing and wrought iron. And I'll always fall in love with anything that has a mansard roof! ^_^

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The Silver Wolf of Darkness

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from: silvolf
date: Jul. 17th, 2011 04:40 pm (UTC)
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I have massive windows in my house too, french windows similar to those. I love those little ones in the roof as well, I'd love to go in there and see what its like from the inside.

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samtyr

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from: samtyr
date: Jul. 17th, 2011 03:38 pm (UTC)
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I am in love with this! I hope that it is bought and somehow restored so people can live in it again.

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The Silver Wolf of Darkness

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from: silvolf
date: Jul. 17th, 2011 04:41 pm (UTC)
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Me too, its such an awesome looking hotel.

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John Louis

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from: grail76
date: Jul. 17th, 2011 03:40 pm (UTC)
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It is a lovely building.

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The Silver Wolf of Darkness

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from: silvolf
date: Jul. 17th, 2011 04:41 pm (UTC)
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I agree!

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hydref

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from: hydref
date: Jul. 17th, 2011 05:09 pm (UTC)
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That's a gorgeous building, it's so sad that it's empty, thouh it'd be fascinating to see inside. I hope someone buys it and restores it to its former glory.

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The Silver Wolf of Darkness

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from: silvolf
date: Jul. 17th, 2011 11:06 pm (UTC)
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Me too. If it is bought and is a hotel again, I'll be sure to go in and take a look.

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SUPERLORIS

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from: fountaingirl
date: Jul. 17th, 2011 05:37 pm (UTC)
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WANT.

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The Silver Wolf of Darkness

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from: silvolf
date: Jul. 17th, 2011 11:05 pm (UTC)
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Lol me too!

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kpsp95

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from: kpsp95
date: Jul. 17th, 2011 06:41 pm (UTC)
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Great shots. Fantastic architecture.

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The Silver Wolf of Darkness

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from: silvolf
date: Jul. 17th, 2011 11:05 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!

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devo

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from: losttheskyagain
date: Jul. 17th, 2011 07:30 pm (UTC)
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That's amazing. I wonder how much it is...

That's really sad to hear about what's happening in your town. My name is Devon and I really want to visit (my mother named me Devon because some of the happiest years of her life were spent there), but... traveling is so expensive. Hopefully someday.

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The Silver Wolf of Darkness

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from: silvolf
date: Jul. 17th, 2011 11:05 pm (UTC)
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I don't know. I bet its a lot though, things are really high priced in this town because of the seaside location.
That's a really nice story behind your name. I hope you do get to visit some day.

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Miss Evren

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from: ragecake
date: Jul. 17th, 2011 08:38 pm (UTC)
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That looks like a couple of the Hotels in Ilfracombe.
It's sad to see tourism disappearing, I love it down there.

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The Silver Wolf of Darkness

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from: silvolf
date: Jul. 17th, 2011 11:03 pm (UTC)
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Well done, it is! Do you live near Ilfracombe? I've never met anyone from round here before. Yeah it is, but every year the town appears to do worse. They even gave the town an awful logo to make it more popular. I think it failed. It really is an awful logo.

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Miss Evren

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from: ragecake
date: Jul. 17th, 2011 11:17 pm (UTC)
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Nah, my parents have some holiday apartments in Combe Martin, so Im down a lot more than most people.
Is the one on the seafront still gone or are they doing it up?
I honestly thought it would be get better, the last time I went there it was heaving.

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The Silver Wolf of Darkness

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from: silvolf
date: Jul. 18th, 2011 07:37 am (UTC)
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Ah cool! The one on the seafront? Do you mean the Collingwood? I'll be posting photos of that one next. Its gunna be knocked down in September and Wetherspoons are rebuilding it.
There are still quite a few tourists but it gets a little less each year.

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pansypoo

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from: pansypoo
date: Jul. 18th, 2011 02:20 am (UTC)
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i wish i could buy it.

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The Silver Wolf of Darkness

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from: silvolf
date: Jul. 18th, 2011 07:37 am (UTC)
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Me too.

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Mauler

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from: _mauler_
date: Jul. 18th, 2011 06:23 am (UTC)
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I never thought I'd say this as the damn things are cropping up all over the place, but that really needs to be purchased and turned into a few apartments.

I can't really think what else to do with a building of that size...

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The Silver Wolf of Darkness

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from: silvolf
date: Jul. 18th, 2011 07:38 am (UTC)
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Well since tourism is half dying here and the hotels are closing, maybe apartments wouldn't be so bad. I still wish we could get a good leisure center though.

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The Silver Wolf of Darkness

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from: silvolf
date: Jul. 18th, 2011 08:24 am (UTC)
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Ah so it did have a fire. No surprise there. Seems like it will be made into apartments after all. I wish they'd get a move on then, its been empty a long time. It would still be a shame if they knocked it down though.

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smalljob

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from: smalljob
date: Jul. 18th, 2011 11:20 am (UTC)
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such a beautiful building, good lord the details, THE DETAILS!!

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The Silver Wolf of Darkness

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from: silvolf
date: Jul. 18th, 2011 12:51 pm (UTC)
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Yes! That's why I love it!

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Miss Mircea

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from: missmircea
date: Jul. 18th, 2011 06:03 pm (UTC)
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Its sad that places lioke that get abandoned

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The Silver Wolf of Darkness

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from: silvolf
date: Jul. 18th, 2011 08:44 pm (UTC)
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I agree

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ninja chipmunks united

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from: chrryblssmninja
date: Jul. 30th, 2011 06:43 am (UTC)
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I hope they don't tear it down!

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The Silver Wolf of Darkness

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from: silvolf
date: Jul. 30th, 2011 07:45 am (UTC)
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Me too! Its such an awesome looking place.

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