Situated on the west side of Southampton, the nearby village of Hythe is home to the first of all the Marina Villages built in the UK. Inspired by Port Grimaud near St Tropez in the south of France, it lies between the western shore of Southampton Water and the New Forest. Sir Christopher Cockrell, inventor of the hovercraft and a long-time resident, laid the first brick on 4th December 1984. Today the 45 acre site boasts over 200 homes with most of the residents keeping a boat on the berth connected to their properties. A short 12 minute ferry ride across Southampton Water is West Quay, a major shopping centre supported by the UK's leading department stores, favourite high street names and an excellent selection of specialist and independent shops. For those living in this part of Hampshire, the city offers history, culture, entertainment and leisure opportunities, with the Hamble and other waters providing sailing and other water sports. Southampton is a major deep-water port with a wide range of customers and trades. It has a unique double tide, allowing access for the world's largest vessels. It is the UK's leading vehicle-handling port and handles almost half its containerised trade. To the west lies the New Forest with all the natural beauty one could wish for. The charming village of Beaulieu, home of the National Motor Museum is only 4 miles away.
This well-presented freehold Bed and Breakfast is conveniently situated near the the New Forest village of Hythe. Offering 11 letting rooms it has been open all year round since 1995. Some long-term commercial guests occupy the property during the week with week-ends busy with vistors to the New Forest National Park. The accommodation includes a comfortable lounge area which has been recently redecorated. Guests appreciate the Freeview TV, DVD and Video players and a good stock of films and board games in the guest lounge and the free-access Wi-Fi which provides broadband throughout the property. Full English or Continental Breakfast is served from 06.30 on weekdays and 08:00 at weekends in the dining room. A variety of cereals, breads, yoghurts and fresh fruit is provided for guests who wish to cater for themselves before the kitchen opens or later in the day using the toaster, microwave, kettle and fridge/freezer in the self-service kitchenette area. The bedrooms vary in size; There are 2 family, 4 single, 3 twin, and 3 double. Some have en-suite, others have separate facilities. All rooms have wash basins, Flat screen FreeView TV's and well stocked hospitality trays. One of the rooms is on the ground floor.
There is an open seating area in the garden for guests to use. There is a large private car park next to the building for up to 8 vehicles with on-road parking for 4 more. There are approach lights and CCTV for added security. The New Forest National Park lies to the west with its beautiful, ancient woodland, open heather-clad commons and rich variety of wildlife including the famous ponies and red deer. Hythe is one of the Waterside Villages on Southampton Water. There is a ferry across the river every half hour with a short, free bus link to the centre of Southampton and the West Quay shopping mall.
(all sizes are approximate & should be considered 'nominal'.)
2 en-suite double bedrooms
2 en-suite twin bedrooms
1 en-suite family bedroom
1 en-suite single bedroom
1 double bedroom with hand basin
2 large single bedrooms with hand basins
2 single bedrooms with hand basins
Where items of equipment and appliances are mentioned, no warranty is given or implied as to their operational condition.
(all sizes are approximate & should be considered 'nominal'.)
The Owner's accommodation comprises a private lounge, en-suite double bedroom, spare bedroom and an office. The vendors will show interested buyers how an additional letting room can be easily re-instated if desired.
The private car park takes 8 vehicles with space for 4 more on the road
The rateable value of the business premises is £8,500 with rates of £1,700 payable in 2015/16. The domestic accommodation falls into Band A for council tax purposes.
This information has been obtained either from the current rate demand for the property, by telephone from the local authority or by reference to the VOA website. The amount payable is the standard rate for the Rateable Value shown. In some circumstances this may vary, and therefore it is recommended that potential buyers make their own enquiries through the local authority to check the applicable rateable value and whether the rates payable will be the figure quoted above.
We understand from the vendor that all main services are connected to the property.
The vendor advises turnover for the last 12 months to have reached £84,000 excl. VAT. Adams & Co assess the occupancy rate to be in the region of 61%. RIBOS Surveys show occupancy of 71% since April 2015.
The Husband and Wife live-in owners work in the business supported by two part time cleaners who work 2 hours per day Monday to Friday at £7.50 per hour. Laundry is sub-contracted out to a commercial company.
The vendor informs us that the value of the stock is approximately £250.
Vendors and Buyers each to meet their own legal costs, but if a lease is to be assigned from the vendor to the buyer they will also be expected to share the landlord's legal costs on a 50/50 basis. If a buyer wishes to negotiate a 'new' lease, they will be responsible for all the landlord's legal costs.
The vendors now wish to retire. This has created a rare opportunity to acquire an established and profitable B&B serving the New Forest and a neighbouring major employer which contributes 75% of the revenue from long-term, repeat bookings.
Financial information will be made available to seriously interested purchasers after they have formally viewed the business.
Between the waterfront village of Hythe and the New Forest National Park
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