The Big Sur Lodge is set to close after 20 years

Sparrows Lodge is closing after 20years, after a new owner decided to close its doors and instead move its property to the nearby Hope Lake Lodge.

Sparrows is now just a small lodge on the other side of the water from the Hope Lake Marina, which has a capacity of 3,500 guests and is the home to a variety of marine life including the iconic Sparrow, a rare blue-eyed seabird.

Owner Mike Fenton said the lodge would be closed after the new owners decided to move its main property to Hope Lake, a 2.5-hour drive from Sparrow.

“It’s a great opportunity for the people of Hope Lake and the community of Sparrow to experience a great local attraction, a new family run lodge, which we hope will become a very popular tourist attraction,” Mr Fenton told ABC News.

“We would really like to get that off the ground and get the lodge going again.”

He said he hoped to have the new property up and running in 2018.

He said it was not yet decided when the property would be reopened, but he hoped it would be by the end of the year.

“They’ve said they’ll be moving in by the summer, so we’ll see,” he said.

Mr Fenton hopes the new owner will open the resort as soon as possible.

“Hopefully we can have a couple of days to get the new family up and going and get them out and then we can really get it up and moving,” he told ABC Radio National.

“I hope it’s ready to go by the spring and then hopefully it’s open for the public to come and see.”

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