THE 20-bedroom Papworth Hotel, to the south of Papworth Everard, has been sold for about \u00A31million. Mark Page, of agents Christie and Company, would not disclose the precise purchase price, but revealed the asking price had been at least \u00A3900,000. The single-storey building consists of three main wings in a triangular formation creating an inner courtyard, with parking. All 20 of the letting bedrooms are en suite and there is also a reception hall, a bar area, a 50-cover restaurant, which is also used as a breakfast room, and a function room that provides seating for about 40. A single-storey detached building to the rear of the hotel, with four bedrooms, is currently used as staff accommodation. Mr Page, from Christie's Ipswich office, who handled the sale, said: "The marketing of Papworth Hotel resulted in more than 20 viewings and the purchaser was successful via a best-and-final bidding process. "The new owner is a restaurateur from Lincolnshire, who specialises in Oriental cuisine and plans to re-brand the existing Indian restaurant and upgrade the letting bedrooms.