This charming building, with a unique history dating back to the 17th Century, is situated in the honeypot village of Muker in Swaledale. The village is arguably the most popular tourist destination in the Dale, both for UK and foreign visitors. It is located on the Coast to Coast route with a good cross section of non-competitive businesses including a village shop, the famous Swaledale Wool Shop, and good traditional pub.
The Old School is a successful and unopposed business currently operating as a craft shop selling a range of goods to suit all pockets, an Art Gallery stocking both original and limited edition prints together with sculptures, artisan glassware and object d'art and a newly opened coffee shop. The business was mainly open for the main tourist season from Easter to October by choice, however the current owners plan to open all year round. No previous experience is necessary due to its established list of suppliers and artists in addition to an extensive mailing list of potential clients, both of which would be made available to the new owners. The current owners have developed the business by opening a Coffee shop which can accommodate ample covers using both the rear gallery room and the private walled garden to the rear. They have also created an online presence which they intend to further develop. As it stands the layout of the premises offers a flexible opportunity to develop alternative options such as outdoor clothing, antiques etc., and/or to extend the living accommodation
The ground floor provides a substantial craft shop, two separate retail spaces currently used as a gallery, and a gallery/ coffee shop combined. The rear gallery leads out to a picturesque private walled garden.
Upstairs, by separate entrance, is a two bedroom apartment offering quality accommodation including a striking open plan living room with feature arch windows, vaulted beamed ceiling, solid-fuel stove and modern kitchen area. There is a double bedroom with ensuite WC and a further small double bedroom. Additionally there is an attractive shower room off the main living room. If owners' accommodation is not required, this would make a perfect holiday let giving an additional income opportunity.
Viewing is strongly recommended to appreciate the opportunity to own a profitable business in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
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