Status: Completed
Tenure: Freehold
Turnover: £385,804
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£895,000 + SAV

Freehold Country Hotel in North Yorkshire For Sale

  • Reference: 1492
  • Location: Richmond, Richmond upon Thames
Hilton Smythe welcomes to the market The Kearton Country Hotel, Swaledale in North Yorkshire.

Kearton Country Hotel has been owned and operated by the same family for over a quarter of a century, offering guests what is possibly one of the very best accommodations in North Yorkshire.

Kearton Country Hotel has twelve, beautifully refurbished en-suite bedrooms with tea and coffee making facilities. Only on internal inspection can one fully appreciate the sumptuous and luxurious accommodation. The bedrooms operate a card entry system for access.

The recently refurbished restaurant offers an exciting and varied menu of local and continental cuisine, all created by the talented youngest member of the owner's family, with an obvious passion for great food sourced naturally and locally. The spacious, well appointed restaurant caters for up to fifty covers. The chef's creativity, pride and enthusiasm in the kitchen is perhaps testimony to what it is that bring guests back to the Kearton Country Hotel time and time again.

The business also hosts a tea/coffee lounge and craft shop, friendly village pub bar, where a selection of local ales are served, the bar also stocks a wide selection of fine malts, all ensuring a revitalising Swaledale experience.

The business also includes the current owner's four bedroom house briefly comprising; reception hall, cloaks/w.c., snug/office, a sizeable sitting room and a magnificent kitchen/dining room, four good sized bedrooms (three with showers) and a 'house bathroom', all of course as one would expect perfectly presented.

Our clients have invested a considerable amount of money in maintaining and refurbishing the business to its current pristine condition and appearance.


We are advised the business is Freehold.


The current owners observe the following opening hours:

Monday to Sunday 9.00 am to 11.00 pm.


The business is owned and run with the assistance of:

One full time chef, two full time kitchen assistants, one full time kitchen/waiter, three part time waitresses and one full time chambermaid.


The business reports a healthy turnover of £385,804. Gross profit is reported to be £273,333.
The business is located in the idyllic, visually stunning village of Thwaite, set within the Yorkshire Dales National Park, beautifully blending the very best of traditional country life with all the style and convenience of modern day living.

Thwaite is in the district of Richmondshire and the civil parish of Muker. The village was the home and birthplace of Richard and Cherry Kearton, who were pioneers in wildlife photography at the end of the 19th century. The Kearton name lives on in the Kearton Country Hotel and tearooms in the centre of the village.

The surrounding area has an abundance of castles, stately homes and great building to explore, including Ripley Castle, Castle Bolton, Leyburn Castle, Barnard Castle with the Bowes Museum, Middleham Castle and the ruins of Jervaulx Abbey to name but a few.

North Yorkshire is famous for its market towns, Richmond, Reeth, Sedburgh, Masham and Hawes are all within a short drive, for railway enthusiasts the Wensleydale Railway is not far away. Thwaite is also located close to the famous Settle to Carlisle Railway line with its Ribblehead Viaduct and the stations and villages of Dent and Garsdale.

Kearton Country Hotel is ideally located half way between Kendal on the M6 to the West and Darlington on the A1M to the East.
Property features include; The substantial Kearton Country Hotel, 12 en-suite rooms with 110 cover dining, 3 bar areas & retail area, excellent fully fitted kitchen & preparation areas, enviable 'repeat trade' figures, owner's 4 bedroom house, stunning location & scenery.

Through a small entrance porch entrance into the main bar area, exceptionally appealing with beamed ceilings, incorporating a small 'snug' area with bench style seating, an open fire place, an island bar housing 6 beer dispensers, 12 optic dispensers, behind which is a treble door under counter drinks display/chiller. The 'island' bar is linked to the coffee shop.

The beautifully appointed lounge area, again with beamed ceilings, is exceptionally well proportioned, with a stunning array of individually designed, cream leather armchairs, complimented with light, bespoke furniture.

Flowing from the lounge is the spectacular, refurbished restaurant. The restaurant is able to cater for up to 50 covers. The views from the restaurant of the surrounding countryside are visually stunning.

The kitchen is exceptionally well fitted to the highest commercial standing, briefly comprising;
Stainless steel work surfaces around the perimeter, large commercial double bowl stainless steel sink unit, 'Rational' computerised combination oven, 'Instanta' computerised water bath,
Ice cream maker, vac pack, 6 ring gas over, large griddle, double fat fryer, single fat fryer, meat slicer, stainless steel double door upright fridge, stainless steel salad bar, washing up station, dishwasher, single bowl stainless steel unit, sandwich station with two stainless steel preparation tables, upright fridge and chest freezer. The dry store room is part shelved with a walk in cold room (full inventory on request).

The coffee shop/craft shop has its own separate entrance, the bar server includes a 'Francino' coffee maker, ice machine, EPOS till and a treble door, under counter drinks display chiller.

The business has 12 en-suite bedrooms.

The owner's private accommodation comprises of a magnificent four bedroomed detached property which has been linked with a overhead roof from the main hotel, briefly comprsing; lounge/diner, modern kitchen, feature t.v. viewing lounge, purpose fitted with luxury red leather sofa seating and a 60 inch t.v. screen. To the first floor are three double bedrooms with showers along with one double bedroom. A family bathroom with w.c. and washbasin.

A 20 space car park is situated to the rear of the property.