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This Couple Got Drunk on Their Honeymoon and Accidentally Bought a Hotel

Travel + Leisure logo Travel + Leisure 10/12/2018 Stacey Leasca
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Gina Lyons and Mark Lee, two British newlyweds, purchased what can only be described as the best honeymoon souvenir of all time: an entire beachfront hotel.

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During the drinking session, the bartender shared that the current hotel owner’s lease would soon be up. So, Lee and Lyons decided right then and there that they should take it over. And all it cost them was $39,500.


"After finding out that it was £10,000 [$ 13,218] a year, myself and Mark thought that it would be a brilliant idea to buy it - because we were so drunk,” Lyons told the Mirror. "Now, almost a year on from our drunken idea, we own the hotel and have started doing the hotel up and making it ours."

However, the lease wasn’t the only thing they had to plunk down a few dollars on. According to Lyons, additional legal fees and refurbishment coasts have set them back an additional $17,000.

Oh, and one more life event popped up — Lyons and Lee are now expecting their first child, who they say came as a bit of a surprise.


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