HE WAS the Hampshire hotelier and internationally-renowned wine expert who lost a brave battle with cancer.

A few months after Gerard Basset was taken ill, he and his wife Nina decided to turn their business into a boutique B&B so the couple could focus on his care.

Now, a year after his death, the family have sold Spot in the Woods in Woodlands Road, Woodlands.

The new owner has been named as Hillbrooke Hotels, which also runs another New Forest establishment - the Master Builder's House Hotel at Buckler's Hard.

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Gerard and Nina acquired the property in 2007 following the sale of the Hotel du Vin Group, which he co-founded.

A family spokesperson said: "After Gerard’s diagnosis in 2017, the couple rebranded the hotel as Spot in the Woods, turning it into a more relaxed kitchen café with rooms.

"Following Gerard’s death the business was put up for sale, with Nina determined to find a buyer who would continue their legacy."

Nina added: “I am delighted that Spot in the Woods will continue to operate with the current team under the new ownership.

"Gerard and I worked together for many years and it was his final wish that a suitable buyer could be found to enable the business to flourish after his death.

“I've been fortunate to have enjoyed a rich career in hospitality from my days at Chewton Glen, where Gerard and I first met.

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"I am grateful to the numerous people whom I have met along the way and who supported us as a family during two difficult years leading up to Gerard’s death.

"The time is now right to hand over the business to others and I look forward to the end of one era and the start of a new chapter.

"We have always spent family holidays in Norfolk, where our son owns a property. I plan to spend some time there to be close to my family."

The couple's decision to turn the Hotel TerraVina into an exclusive B&B was announced in 2018.

Speaking at the time Nina said the "momentous" decision would give her more time to look after Gerard and her mother, who was also battling cancer.

Gerard embarked on a career as a wine professional after moving to the UK from the France in the 1980s.

He triumphed at the World Sommelier Championships in Chile in 2010 and was later awarded the OBE for services to the hospitality industry.