The Continental Hotel at Sorrento under offer

The Continental Hotel at Sorrento under offer
The Continental Hotel at Sorrento under offer

The Continental Hotel at Sorrento is under offer.

It was listed by the Di Pietro family with $15 million expectations last March.

The "Conti" stands tall at its hillside 1-21 Ocean Beach Road position.

The four storey limestone building sits on a 3,580 square metre holding.

The hotel, freehold and business, was offered through Sothebys International agent Rob Curtain, in conjunction with CBRE.

The pioneer thespian and entrepreneur George Coppin built the mansard-capped hotel in the 1870s. The seaside spruiker shipped wealthy Melburnians to the Mornington Peninsula on his paddle steamers, and then put them on his tramway to stay at his Hotel Continental.

In 1890 the hotel was bought by Isaac Edward Bensilum for £6,000, the original cost of the hotel being £14,000.  

Bensilum who ran the hotel with his wife Nellie, built The Athenaeum in 1894.  

Owners and Licensees:

1875 – 1890 

George Coppin – licensee John Crawford 

1890 – 1913 

Isaac Edward Bensilum 

1913 – 1921 

T E Hawkins 

1921 – 1923 

L Fitzgerald 

1923 – 1953 

L De Vine 

1953 – 1960? 

N & G Fernhead 

1960 - 1990 


1996 - current 

 Di Pietro Family

Source: The Continental Hotel

It was on the toss of a coin - a choice between Australia and America - that Coppin sailed from Sussex on the Templar, arriving in Sydney in 1843 with his partner, Maria Watkins Burroughs, where he was to perform at the Royal Victoria Theatre on Pitt Street.

Coppin briefly owned the Clown Hotel, directly opposite the theatre, which failed as Sydney's first permanent musical entertainment venue, before he moved south.

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of our authors. Jonathan has been writing about property since the early 1980s and is editor-at-large of Property Observer.

Hotel Sorrento


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