Skelton is a picturesque village, which boasts a robust local community. There is a range of activities including a bowls club, beer club, amateur dramatics club and an active local church. There is an excellent local school, which sits at the top of the OFSTED education reports.
There are a number of holiday cottages in the area, along with caravan parks, and the village attracts a large number of visitors, including cyclists and ramblers.
This public house is the only pub in the village.
Skelton benefits from excellent access, being approximately 1 mile from the M6 motorway. The Lakes District National Park is within easy reach, with Penrith 7 miles away, and Carlisle approximately 14 miles away.
This family-run pub has been in the careful hands of the current owners for over 15 years, and is only now offered for reluctant sale due to retirement.
Currently run at a pace to suit, the public house operates on reduced opening hours, managed by the owner and close family members.
The pub has an excellent reputation in the area and is a popular meeting place for the local community.
Food is available during the evening and a take-away service is also offered.
The business trades from a traditional semi-detached building, with attractive double frontage and a central entrance door.
Internally the premises retain many charming character features such as fireplaces and windows.
The open plan bar and dining area boasts ample tables and chairs as well as perimeter seating. Within these areas there is also a pool table, darts board, wall-mounted TV, feature exposed beams made from old ship timbers, wall mounted menu boards and a feature fireplace with open fire and back boiler.
The central bar servery has 6 taps, fridges, hand wash sink and electronic cash register, as well as ample glass storage and spirits dispensers.
Through to the rear of the premises is a fully fitted commercial kitchen. The kitchen boasts a wide range of specialist catering equipment including stainless steel worktops and central servery, 6-burner gas range and ovens, griddle, double fryer, 2 x microwaves, fridge, freezer, commercial sink and drainer, dishwasher, hand wash sink, and is finished with tiled walls and commercial grade flooring.
Also to the ground floor there is a beer cellar with side door for deliveries, ladies and gents WCs, domestic store, dry goods store and rear exit door.
An internal staircase leads up to the first floor accommodation, which has excellent potential to create separate living and letting areas, either bed and breakfast or short / long term.
There is a wide landing, hallway and office area, lounge with dining area and feature exposed beams, double bedroom, bathroom with 3-piece suite, shower over bath and airing cupboard, store cupboard and loft access, which provides a substantial storage area.
A landing leads to a further area, suitable as additional family accommodation or scope for letting, and incorporates a kitchen and dining area with fitted wall and base cupboards, and a double bedroom with a walk-in cupboard, with scope for an en-suite.
A further internal staircase leads up to the second floor, which houses a landing, lounge, with scope for a double bedroom, and two double bedrooms, both with en-suite facilities. There is good potential for letting out the accommodation to this floor.
Externally the public house has a south facing enclosed rear yard with seating.
As the public house has limited trading, there is excellent potential to enhance and extend the business. Increasing the opening hours would certainly improve turnover, and the size of the accommodation would be great for establishing letting rooms.
Freehold business for sale - £259,000
Annual turnover - £76,000
Annual business rates – currently exempt; 100% relief
This is a fantastic opportunity to acquire a significant public house, which has huge potential. Early viewing is advised to fully appreciate the size and potential of this property. Prompt, confidential discussion with Aspire come highly recommended.
The business is ideally located in the centre of Skelton, Cumbria. The business presents wide, prominent frontage onto the main road, situated in an enviable trading position on a crossroads in the village, and enjoys high roadside visibility attracting much passing trade.
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