• SHELTERED REAR GARDEN TERRACE WITH GARAGE
• 31 INTERNAL AND 24 EXTERNAL COVERS
• SPACIOUS 3 DOUBLE BED ACCOM WITH SUNNY ASPECT
• PRESENTED IN VERY GOOD ORDER THROUGHOUT
• FULL INSPECTION IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED
Buckfastleigh, the historic mill town, and the neighbouring abbey village of Buckfast, can be found nestling on the southern edge of eastern Dartmoor in Devon just off the A38, midway between the cities of Exeter and Plymouth.
Historically Buckfastleigh developed as a mill town with woollen mills, corn and paper mills and a tannery supported by the rivers Dart, Mardle and the Dean Burn – water being an essential natural resource used in the manufacturing of wool and other products.
However, Buckfastleigh is believed to be medieval in origin. Although by the seventeenth century most of the properties had been rebuilt, the medieval layout particularly in Fore Street is still visible today. The town centre retains much charm being comprised of mostly late eighteenth to early twentieth century buildings with an eclectic mix of private dwellings, commercial and retail properties and public houses which retain many, if not all of their original features, styles and character.
The popularity of a variety of local attractions and events have ensured that the communities of Buckfastleigh and Buckfast stay firmly on the map and attract visitors from far and wide.
The Singing Kettle may be found at 54 Fore Street, Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 0BS in the very heart of the medieval street layout.
This charming Grade 2 listed licensed tea room occupies a wonderful trading position in the historic part of the town yet benefits from spacious 3 double bed accommodation, a delightful rear garden terrace and walled garden, a large garage and parking.
Arranged to provide 31 internal and 24 external covers the property is presented in very good order throughout and offers a most attractive lifestyle business opportunity.
A traditional English menu has proved to be very popular here with an appetising range of home cooked fare produced using high quality local ingredients where available. The drinks menu includes house wines and bottled beers as well as locally made beverages, organic and fair trade coffee and speciality teas.
The business attracts excellent Trip Adviser ratings and is described as ‘a secret gem’.
A full external and internal inspection is essential to be able to appreciate properly what is on offer here.
We understand that a tea room has been operated from the property for many years. The current owners acquired the business as a going concern in November 2003.
Please note that if a business is VAT registered, all figures exclude VAT.
Sales of £54,073 were achieved in the year ended 13/11/14 with a rising trend in evidence over the last 3 years. This is based upon Tuesday to Saturday trading only, the vendors also taking a minimum of 5 weeks holiday each year. Sales in year ended 13/11/15 are understood to be £51,574 from 14 days less trading than the previous year.
REASON FOR SALE:
The vendors are now planning to retire.
The business is operated by a husband and wife team with the assistance of a Saturday girl throughout the year and with additional casual staff in the busier summer months.
Tuesday to Saturday: 10.00am to 4.00pm (Winter) and 5.00pm (Summer)
Sunday and Monday: Closed
In this location we would expect Sunday to be the busiest day for most of the year and therefore there is considerable turnover growth available to new owners.
(all sizes are approximate & should be considered 'nominal'.)
This Grade 2 listed double fronted, period terraced property is arranged over two floors under a pitched and tiled roof with a two storey tenement and later single storey extensions to the rear. The front elevation is particularly appealing with twin curved bay windows under a shallow portico with central apex below the wooden sash windows at first floor level.
To the right hand side there is a former carriage archway leading to the rear garden terrace, spacious single garage and parking space.
The front entrance, which is centrally set, comprises a wooden door with multiple glazed panels which opens into a small entrance hall with matching doors on either side giving access to the interconnecting dining rooms.
Tea Room (Left) (5.3m x 4.6m):
Tall wooden bay window to the front elevation. Large stone fireplace with exposed beams and stonework and stone hearth. Central cooling fan/feature light fitting and ornamental plaster ceiling rose. Wall lighting. Carpeted. Arranged to provide 17 covers. Radiator. Wooden, sliding door leading to the Bar. Open doorway to:
Tea Room (Right) (5.3m x 3.0m):
Of twin aspect. Tall wooden bay window to the front elevation. Fixed multi pane wooden window to the side elevation. Extra width multi pane wooden door to entrance hall. Feature fire place with exposed beam and stonework, metal hood and stone hearth. Wall lights. Carpeted. Radiator. Arranged to provide 14 covers. A passageway with part exposed stonework leading towards the rear gives access to:
Fitted shelving unit for crockery. Freestanding cutlery unit. High level fuse boxes. Carpeted. Wooden doors to:
Tall obscure glazed wooden window to side elevation. Wood effect vinyl flooring. Radiator. Low flush WC. Pedestal wash basin with wall mirror.
Tall obscure glazed wooden window to side elevation. Wood effect vinyl flooring. Radiator. Low flush WC. Inset wash basin in vanity unit with wall mirror and fitted shelf to side.
Bar/Rear Reception Room:
Part wooden wall paneling. Fitted wooden bar with roll edged marble effect counter and fitted shelving to the rear. Fitted double width bottle chiller. Electric till. A short passageway incorporates a useful store cupboard and leads to a wooden sliding door to the Tea Room (Left). Suitable to accommodate additional dining covers if desired but currently used as an office/utility space. 2 x upright freezers. Glazed chiller unit/refrigerator. Fully glazed wooden double doors give access to:
A small extension under a sloping roof. Extra width half glazed wooden back door offering less able/level access to/from the garden terrace. Glazed panels in a wooden frame to the side and above the door. Low level wooden wall paneling. Recess with fitted shelving. Carpeted staircase with wooden banister rail rising to owners’ private accommodation on the first floor (see below).
Returning to the Inner Hallway a wooden door opens to:
Commercial Kitchen (4.6m x 4.6m):
A spacious and well organized commercial kitchen facility. Wooden sash window to side elevation. UPVC double glazed window with integral Vent-Axia unit to the opposite side elevation. Non-slip floor covering. Suspended ceiling with fluorescent lighting. Wall mounted gas boiler supplying hot water and central heating to the ground floor. Radiator. Trimco upright double refrigerator and Trimco upright double freezer. Tall chiller unit in wall recess. Fitted wall shelving. Stainless steel island prep tables. Wooden door to under stair store cupboard. Fitted floor cupboards under a roll edged work surface accommodating a Sharp microwave oven, a Buffalo twin deep fat fryer and a Cougar grill. Further stainless steel table with shelf under. Belling range with 7 gas burners and single hot plate, double oven, separate grill and heated cupboard. Further fitted floor cupboards with roll edged work surface and integral stainless steel sink. 2 x further microwave ovens. Further stainless steel table accommodating Instanta Supreme water boiler and steam injector. Expobar coffee machine and San Remo coffee grinder. Kenwood mixer. Further food mixer. Commercial toaster. Milk shake machine. 2 x further stainless steel prep tables. A step up towards the rear gives access to:
Half glazed wooden back door leading to the garden terrace. 2 x fitted wall cupboards and wall shelving. Miele dishwasher. Stainless steel sink with double drainer and open storage under. Bosch tumble dryer. Hotpoint washing machine. Roll edged work surface below wooden casement window which opens outwards to facilitate customer orders from those dining on the garden terrace.
Where items of equipment and appliances are mentioned, no warranty is given or implied as to their operational condition.
The rear of the property may be accessed by both vehicles and pedestrians via a wrought iron gate under the former carriage archway to the side of the property in Fore Street. Laid to tarmac, the driveway leads to a single parking space at the rear of the plot in front of a spacious single garage, of stone construction under a sloping corrugated roof with up and over door. A neighbouring property to the rear is also accessed via the driveway over which it has a right of way.
Immediately to the rear of the back door from the Utility Room a paved slope offers disabled access to a delightful raised garden terrace/patio, being fully paved and enclosed by low level wooden fencing with wrought iron tables and chairs arranged to offer 24 external covers in comfort under parasols. The dining area overlooks an area of walled garden with lawn and mature flower borders. A paved pathway leads to the side of the single storey extension to the Bar/Rear Reception Room (although this is not currently used as such – please see above). There is also a wooden garden shed.
The garden terrace represents a real sun trap being naturally sheltered from winds on three sides and enjoying far reaching views to the hills which enclose this side of the town.
(all sizes are approximate & should be considered 'nominal'.)
The very spacious and delightful private accommodation at first floor level is accessed via a carpeted staircase with wooden banister rail which rises from the Rear Lobby.
At the top of the flight of stairs a wooden door gives access to a large, walk-in eaves storage space. This is boarded but with exposed rafters. A wall mounted gas boiler supplies hot water and central heating to the first floor accommodation.
A step up with a quarter turn leads to the Outer Landing with wooden double doors opening to an airing cupboard with fitted shelving and a hot water cylinder. A wooden door with 4 x glazed panels gives access to:
A most spacious hall with wall mounted uplighters, glass panel in the ceiling emitting light from above and loft access hatch. Carpeted.
The ceiling height is slightly below average as are the door frames, this being a reflection of the age of the property but in no way does this detract from the very positive ambience. Wooden doors from left to right give access to rooms as follows:
Of irregular shape. Obscure double glazed wooden window to side elevation. Single glazed wooden window to the rear elevation. Fitted Venetian blinds. Half height wooden wall paneling. Heated towel rail with integral radiator. Wood effect panel floor. Overhead directional spotlights. Matching white suite comprising double width shower cubicle with Mira electric shower, rectangular ceramic pedestal wash basin and low flush WC.
Sitting Room (5.3m narrowing to 4.5m x 2.9m):
A beautifully bright and sunny room on the morning of our visit. Broadly L-shaped. Of twin aspect. Wooden sash window to front elevation and wooden casement window to the rear elevation overlooking the driveway. Triple light fitting, centrally set. Carpeted. 2 x radiators. TV point.
Bedroom 3/Office (4.0m x 3.0m):
Perfect for use as a double bedroom but currently utilized as a most comfortable office/study. 2 x wooden sash windows to the front elevation (also beautifully bright and sunny at the time of our visit). Carpeted. Radiator.
Master Bedroom (4.5m x 3.1m):
A large double bedroom with wooden sash window also to the front elevation. 2 x double and 2 x single fitted cupboards to end wall with further shallow wall recess. Carpeted. Radiator.
Bedroom 2 (3.7m x 2.8m):
A further double bedroom with UPVC double glazed window to the side elevation. Of irregular shape. Open double wardrobe cupboard. Attractive wall recess with deep wooden sill, fitted mirror behind with arch over and fitted bookshelf. Carpeted. Radiator.
ENERGY PERFORMANCE RATING:
This is a Grade 2 listed property and therefore exempt from the need to produce an Energy Performance Certificate
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