After moving to DeFuniak Springs, the Hutchinses initially approached the six families about becoming partners in the hotel. Instead, the owners wanted to retire and decided to sell the building, which houses the hotel and the connecting Bogey’s Bar & Restaurant.
The Hutchinses purchased the hotel in 2003 and completed another renovation to imbue it with a sense of history. Antiques and paintings decorate the common areas, and each room has its own theme, such as oriental, art deco and safari-inspired designs.
The Hutchinses have selected Destin Realtor Stephan Mihacevich with Pelican Real Estate to be their sales agent. Tom Hutchins and Mihacevich said they are looking for someone special to purchase the hotel.
“What’s important to Pam and I is that we continue to improve what we have,” Hutchins said. “We wouldn’t just sell it to an attorney to put offices in it. It just wouldn’t do.”
“I think the challenge is it’s a unique property,” Mihacevich added. “There are customers out there who are uniquely qualified to own something like this and make it a success.
“Anybody can own anything … but we don’t want the baton dropped,” he said. “To find an owner that’s going to be able to give the love and care that a project like this needs is important.”