Hilton Smythe is delighted to welcome to the market this very popular guest house, bed & breakfast and self-catering business ideally located on the Cumbria/Northumberland border.
The business has a 4-star hygiene certificate and a full up to date fire inspection and smoke/fire alarms. The property benefits from ample private parking facilities for approximately 6-10 vehicles.
The business has been in our clients' careful ownership since 2009. Only now is the business being offered to the market due to our clients' reviewing other opportunities. The business operates all year around and generates a turnover in the region of £108,000, with a gross profit of approximately 85%, as per the 2016 accounts.
The guest house has been lovingly restored to retain as many original features as possible, offering a mix of single, double and twin rooms, on a bed and breakfast basis. All the bedrooms are en-suite, each with individual design and character. The guest rooms in the former hay loft have open beamed vaulted ceilings, while the rooms in the hay barn annexe have similar traditional features.
All the rooms come with Freeview digital TV, hair dryer and tea/coffee making facilities.
The business has built up an excellent reputation within the industry for very high quality accommodation and service. It retains a loyal client base, with a high volume of repeat trade and word of mouth recommendations. The business has received excellent reviews on the very popular travel website Trip Advisor.
The owners are currently reviewing the business to further increase turnover. This involves both exploring the growing group accommodation market by offering the whole property on a self-catering basis, for large groups and developing the current popular in-house meal offer. The business already has a very informative website in place to promote the guest house at www.bushnook.co.uk which offers online booking facilities.
An excellent opportunity for new owners, potential lies to take this already busy business to the next level. Early viewing is highly recommended to avoid disappointment.
TENUREWe are advised Freehold.
HOURSThe business operates all year round.
STAFFThe business is owner run and managed.
FINANCIAL PROFILEThe business generates a turnover in the region of £108,000, with a gross profit of approximately 85%, as per the 2016 accounts.
Situated in the heart of Hadrian's Wall Country, Bush Nook Guest House, Upper Denton, sits right on the Cumbria/Northumberland boundary. Halfway between the towns of Haltwhistle and Brampton, it is in an idyllic location surrounded by extensive countryside views. The area is popular with walkers, cyclists and tourists alike.
This property is just a short distance from Hadrian's Wall Path, Cycle Route and The Pennine Way overlooking Birdoswald Roman Fort and the River Irving valley at Gilsland. Panoramic views stretch east to Northumberland National Park, Kielder Forest and north over The Borders of Reiver history to the Scottish Lowlands.
The area is served by the public transport system; the nearest local bus stop is a 15-minute walk from the property. National railways can be accessed via stations at Brampton or Haltwhistle, approximately 6 miles away. The area is well served by main arterial routes, with the A69 being just a half mile to the south, linking to the national A-road and motorway networks. Carlisle is approximately 17½ miles, Hexham 20 miles and Newcastle 43 miles away.
Substantial premises, located within beautiful rolling countryside, briefly comprising:
The entrance to the property is via a private driveway, with a separate split off the driveway to the owners' cottage, this is not included in the sale. The drive continues around to the guest house, providing parking for 6-10 vehicles. The self-catering barn conversion is accessed via the car park or adjacent rear overflow parking, while the B & B rooms are accessed through the main house.
Apart from a small number of personal items all fixtures and fittings are included in the sale.
The barn conversion provides a self-catering apartment on the ground floor, comprising of a living room/diner and kitchen, with cooker, dishwasher and washing machine. There is also a double bedroom and bathroom with bath.
On the first floor of the barn conversion are 3 letting rooms, a single room, twin room and double room. They can be used by a larger party as part of the self-catering unit, or as B and B letting rooms. All are en-suite bath with showers.
There is an attached double garage, currently fitted out to first fixing level with potential for another 2 accommodation rooms, if required.
In the courtyard is a purpose-built boiler/drying room, essential for walkers and cyclists. This house has the new biomass system, providing heat and hot water for the entire property. The system benefits from a Renewable Heat Incentive with OfGem, offering an income of approx. £7,000 to 8,000 per annum for another 15 years.
The courtyard has access to another garage/store and a smaller outhouse/dog kennel and storage area protected by plastic sheeting.
Main guest house:
The gravel drive leads up to the main entrance to the guest house with the courtyard and self-catering conversion following around. The entrance is porched and leads to a hallway. To the left are stairs to the first floor with a toilet/shower to service the ground floor. To the right is the kitchen and straight on the lounge area. There is also an office just along the hallway.
To the right of the hallway is the kitchen, used to prepare breakfasts and evening meals when required. Fully equipped with Esse Oil Range, electric range oven, Bain-Marie, toaster, fridge and microwave. To the rear of the kitchen is a wash and prep area with extensive storage, additional fridges, 2 freezers, commercial washing machine, dryer and dishwasher. The kitchen benefits from an island in the centre of the room.
Through the kitchen to the left is the dining room with seating for up to 22 covers. All the dining room furniture is included in the sale. The dining room leads out to a patio area with gazebo for external eating if required.
The lounge is a good size and popular with residents. To the rear is The Nook bar, currently managed as an honesty or honour bar. Fitted with a small bar and bottle fridge, it is fully licenced and provides alcoholic and light refreshments. To the outside of the lounge is a sun room conservatory with views to the garden area and spectacular surrounding country.
Along the first-floor corridor is a family room, 2 double rooms and 2 twin rooms. All have en-suites with showers.
A single room leads to stairs up to another single room, a triple room and bathroom with bath and shower. These rooms are ideal for a family or small group.
All the bedroom furniture, tea and coffee making facilities and fixtures and fittings are included in the sale.
The garden to the rear of the property has a lawn area, with a summer house set on decking and gazebo covered hot tub.
Set in the roadside garden is a shed for storage of bikes, barbecue and or garden equipment.