A WESTON care home has been sold for the first time in 17 years.

Neva Manor Care Home, on Neva Road, has been owned by husband and wife team Dan and Brinda for just under two decades.

The 13-bedroom Victorian property, which is registered for up to 14 elderly residents, was brought to the market to allow them to have more free time.

Swapna Kundil, who has a strong background in adult care and accounting, has brought the business for an undisclosed price following a confidential sales process with Oliver McCarthy at specialist property advisor Christie & Co.

Funding was sourced through Gary Boyce at Christie Finance.

Dan and Brinda, former owners, said: “We have run this business for the last 17 years.

"It has been an exciting yet challenging journey, but we are pleased to say we have achieved our goals and look forward to our future. We wish the new owner success in this new venture.”

Swapna Kundil, the new owner, added: “I’m excited and looking forward to taking over Neva Manor and continuing the excellent care Brinda and Dan have provided.

"The home presents the ideal first purchase within the care sector for me and comes with very capable staff, who I will work closely with to provide the best possible care to our residents.”

Oliver McCarthy, associate director - care at Christie & Co, said: “I’m so pleased to have sold this great care home for Brinda and Dan who have worked tirelessly over the years to create a warm and friendly care home. I wish them all the best in their retirement.”

Gary Boyce, director at Christie Finance, concluded: “With this being Swapna’s first care home purchase, we worked closely with her to overcome concerns that would otherwise exist with banks around her perceived lack of knowledge and prior experience within the sector.

"We built a lending application based on her strong and relevant transferrable skills, plus the steps she’d taken to gain and identify qualifications to perform future managerial roles at Neva Manor.

"This resulted in gaining a positive appetite and competitive fund terms from her bank, which is keen to support her now and into the future. We look forward to seeing Swapna and her business go from strength to strength.”