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Polly Franey (July 2015)
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Freehold Price: £655,000 Price Reduced Annual Turnover: £80,000
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Business Description
Highly profitable 8 letting bedroom harbourside B&B

• Prime central location overlooking Brixham harbour
• 8 letting bedrooms, 7 en-suite & 1 with private bathroom. 6 have harbour views
• Separate owner’s accommodation, 2 bedrooms, lounge, bathroom.
• Outline planning permission granted to extend owners accommodation up and back into rear terraced garden
• Great online presence: professional website with commission free online booking, Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence and Facebook page with over 500 likes
• Has been successfully trading as a guest house for more than 6 decades
• Re-development opportunities subject to planning

Harbour View is a grade II listed building that was formally the Harbour Masters house, dating back to the 18th century. It is constructed over ground, first, second and third floors from local stone under a pitched slate roof with painted elevations. To the rear is a courtyard and separate cottage style private accommodation that was built around 1980. The courtyard is accessed from the rear of the kitchen of Harbour View or a side walkway through a wooden gate.

There is an elevated terraced garden above the property which is accessed from a walkway and side gate.

Plans have been drawn and outline planning permission granted, to extend the private accommodation up and back into the terraced garden.

Harbour view has been trading as a guest house for more than 6 decades and the vendors are only the 3rd owners in 46 years. The present owners operate it as a lifestyle business and have traded just a fraction below the VAT level for the past 5 years. The business traded for only 33 weeks in the past year in order to keep the turnover below the VAT level. Turnover for the year ended October 2015 was £79,167. Clearly there is scope to significantly increase the turnover if a new owner wished to open for more of the year.

Harbour View has a professional, mobile friendly website with an integrated online booking engine that generated £65,464 in direct online bookings for year ended Oct 2015, the remaining turnover coming from telephone enquiries or door knockers. Harbour View is NOT listed on any of the online travel agent sites such as or Expedia meaning that NO commissions were paid on any of the bookings. See the website here:

In addition to the website, Harbour View has a popular Facebook page here:

Harbour View also features on TripAdvisor with over 300 reviews and a Certificate of Excellence.

The tariff for 2016 ranges from £72 to £83 per room per night including breakfast. Small discounts are offered for stays or 3 nights or more.
The business is very profitable. Accounts are available to qualified buyers after viewing.

Harbour View is offered as a 'turn key' business with a comprehensive inventory of fixtures, fittings and trade items included. A purchaser could walk in and start trading immediately. There are many bookings for the rest of 2016 and into 2017. The website, facebook page, email address and telephone number will all be transferred to the purchaser on competition.

The business is operated by the 2 owners plus help from 1 part time staff.

One of the owners wishes to retire and the other will continue to run a holiday lettings agency in Brixham.


Main Building
Ground floor
Central entrance door & lobby provides access to the breakfast room / lounge and reception desk. There are 2 chesterfield sofas, built in book shelves/cupboards and tables & chairs for 14 covers. Harbour views are available from the lounge and breakfast room.
Kitchen – with 6 burner oven, fitted units, sink, dishwasher and refrigeration.

Letting accommodation

First floor
2 x double rooms with en-suite shower rooms. Both with harbour & sea views.
1 x double room with en-suite shower room. Rear view. Exposed stone wall and fireplace.
Laundry Cupboard.

Second floor
Double room with en-suite shower room. Harbour & sea views.
Family room with double & single bed, en-suite shower room. Harbour & sea views.
Twin room with en-suite shower room. Exposed stone wall and fireplace.

Third floor
Double room with en-suite shower room. Harbour & sea views.
Double room with harbour & sea views. Private bathroom with bath & shower over.
Store room

Separate Owners Cottage
Ground floor
Bathroom with bath and shower over
First floor
Kingsize bedroom
Single bedroom / office

There is a small courtyard between the owner’s accommodation and the main building that can also be accessed from a side walkway through a wooden gate.

There is a terraced garden with a garden shed behind the owners accommodation.

The property is in the area administered by Torbay Council and the current rateable value is £3,850. The business qualifies for 100% rate relief under the Small Business Rate Relief scheme and no rates have been payable for the past 6 years or for the current financial year.

Brixham is located at the southern end of Torbay and is regarded as one of Britain’s most beautiful harbours, being surrounded by colourful cottages, restaurants, cafes, shops and pubs. It is also England’s biggest fish port which attracts many commercial visitors in addition to tourists.

The area is well known for its beaches and coves, stunning coastal walks, Berry Head Country Park, vibrant festivals and Shoalstone pool, one of the country’s last surviving free to use, open air salt water lido’s. Greenway, Agatha Christie's summer home is also located nearby and attracts year round visitors.

Brixham attracts tourists and business travellers year round.
Trading Hours:
March to October

Number of Employees: 1-5

Tenure: Freehold

Number of bedrooms: More than 5

Accommodation Details: 8 x letting bedrooms 2 x owner bedrooms

Support & Training:

The present owners will offer up to 7 days support and training on handover.

Location Details: Prime harbourside location


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