A Wiltshire care home that shut permanently earlier this year, after it was branded “inadequate” by inspectors, is up for sale.

Highfield Residential Home, at The Common in Marlborough, ceased trading in September after the owners, who purchased the care home in 2014, decided to “concentrate on other business interests.”

This comes after a damning CQC report, which was originally published in August of this year, that labelled the service “not safe” and saw it placed into special measures.

The vacant building, located just minutes away from Marlborough town centre, has now been put on the market by estate agents Christie & Co for a whopping price of £1.5 million.

While the property was formerly registered for 26 service users, and currently houses 24 bedrooms, planning permission has been granted for a further 18 bedrooms.

As work has commenced on the site already, this permission is now live in perpetuity.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Highfield Residential HomeHighfield Residential Home (Image: Christie & Co)

The three-storey building sits on over half an acre of land, including a large car park and a garden and patio, and is described as “in good order throughout.”

Potential buyers have been informed the home could either be reopened or converted into a hotel or residential property.

Charles Phillips, the director of Healthcare at Christie & Co, who is handling the sale, said: “This is a great opportunity to purchase a former care home located in a popular, affluent, and sought-after area which offers great potential for new owners.

“Subject to all necessary permissions, the property could be suitable for a number of different planning uses and we are confident that a good level of interest will be expressed by applicants.”

The closed service is no longer part of the provider Crosscrown Limited’s registration with the CQC.

This comes just months after the commission investigated “concerns received about the culture of the service.”

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Highfield Residential HomeHighfield Residential Home (Image: Christie & Co)

They found that people being cared for in the home, which supported people aged 65 and over and those with dementia, “were not safe and were at risk of avoidable harm.”

Inspectors discovered that residents would fall “regularly” and that little or no action was taken to mitigate this.

One person suffered seven falls in just six months before a risk assessment was completed.

The service was also judged to be “not well-led” and “not always caring.”

The findings of the inspection meant that the service was placed into special measures and remained under review, prior to shutting down.