FATHER and son business partners Philip and Dominic Kirkup are set for a seaside challenge.
After 20 years running pubs in the Huddersfield area, they are moving to the English Riviera as the new owners of a popular Torquay hotel.
The Kirkups will leave the Butcher's Arms at Hepworth, next Tuesday, to run the 23-bedroom Heritage hotel and Appleby's Bar.
The seafront hotel was on the market with an asking price of £1.8m.
They will be joined in the venture by Dominic's fiancée, Susan Kiss. The couple have a son, Oliver, aged two-and-a-half.
Dominic's brother, Toby, is also planning to move his photographic business, Family Portraits, to Torquay.
Dominic said: "It is a big opportunity for us.
"The hotel caught our eye about four months ago. We went to have a look at it and decided to go for it.
"It is a big venture. We have not been involved in hotels before.
"It is in the most fantastic location - right by the sea with views out to Torbay.
"The bar is one of the busiest spots in Torquay during the summer."
The hotel, which has 46 staff, also boasts a swimming pool, a Jacuzzi, a gym and a sauna as well as a large bar with sun decking and seating for 300 people.
The Kirkups have been in the licensed trade in Huddersfield for 20 years.
They spent five years at the Golden Cock, Farnley Tyas, before a three-stint at the Rose and Crown, Thurstonland, and seven years at the Woodman Inn, Thunderbridge.
Dominic said: "They have all been great freehouses - and extremely good businesses."
The Butcher's Arms has been bought by pub group Enterprise Inns, but the tenancy has been taken by the pub's chef, Michael Bell, and his wife Sally.
Dominic said: "Hepworth has been a fantastic place. We have adored being here, so it was a big decision to make."
He said friends were already angling for cut-price holidays at the hotel, joking: "They've all been asking about `mates' rates'!
"We would certainly like to build up a holiday trade from Huddersfield, though."
Dominic said: "We are expecting a busy time for the rest of the summer.
"We have one more bank holiday to go. After that we will be spending some money to refurbish the hotel ready for the next season.
"But I will be coming back to visit family in Huddersfield as well."