Hilton Smythe is delighted to welcome to the market this well-established and popular public house with camping/caravan hosting facilities.
The business was originally established in 1754 and has been in our clients’ careful ownership since 1986. Only now is the business being offered to the market due to our clients’ desire for a well-deserved retirement. The business operates 6 days per week and generates a turnover in the region of £49,000 per annum, with a good gross profit.
Our clients offer a wide selection of alcoholic beverages such as beers, wines and spirits, as well as soft drinks. Our clients also offer traditional homemade pub food which has excellent reviews on the pubs Facebook page. The property boasts a large and bright restaurant area with approximately 48 covers.
To the first floor of the premises is the owners’ accommodation which comprises of three double bedrooms, a lounge, bathroom and a hallway with built-in wardrobes. The property is very well-maintained and decorated to a very high standard and is famed for its collection of miner’s lamps.
The property is set within approximately 4 acres of grounds, the majority of which is used as a campsite. The grounds could comfortably accommodate 35 caravans and is licensed for use all year round. Amenities within the grounds include a children’s play area and a central water tap, as well as a pre-fabricated toilet block, which needs updating.
The public house is opposite the Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway, a volunteer run heritage railway, which runs trains between a halt platform southwards towards the town of Blaenavon. The railway generates a high volume of footfall and passing trade, therefore generating trade for the public house.
Our client currently leases part of the land to the local steam railway and there is a newly built ticket office in the grounds of the pub, not only does this bring additional customers but our client also receives an annual rent from the railway company, which will increase year on year during the 25 year term.
The business has built up an enviable reputation within the area for the high quality of the goods and services offered, which has resulted in a very loyal client base, with a high volume of repeat trade and word of mouth recommendations. We are advised that the property has recently been completely re-wired.
We feel there is scope to increase the turnover as our client has been running the business at a pace to suit. A new owner could extend the opening hours of the public house and perhaps open during the daytime as a café/tea room. There is also scope for improving the camping side of the business by creating hard standings for caravans and providing electric hook ups, which would enable a new owner to charge higher fees.
This is an excellent opportunity for a new owner to take this business venture to the next level; therefore early viewing must come highly recommended to avoid disappointment.
The Whistle Inn public house and camping/caravan park occupies substantial two-storey premises, ideally located in a picturesque countryside setting in Garn-yr-erw, Blaenavon, Pontypool. The business is surrounded by countryside views in all directions and the area is very popular with walkers, cyclists and camping and caravan enthusiasts, as well as being within walking distance of two large fishing lakes.
Garn-yr-erw is a village in south eastern Wales, lying at the source of the Afon llwyd, north of Blaenavon and Pontypool. The village lies on the side of Gilwern Hill and is noted to be the highest village in Wales. The town of Blaenavon is just two miles away and boasts all the amenities needed for everyday living.
The area is served by public transport with bus stops within the village centre. The area is also well served by the A-roads, with the A465 being within easy driving distance of the property, which links to the national A-road and motorway networks. Pontypool is approximately 8 miles away and Merthyr Tydfil is 15 miles away.
Substantial two-storey premises, briefly comprising:
Ground floor with:
Lounge bar with:
Beautiful room, full of character and providing comfortable seating.
Feature fireplaces at each end with exposed brickwork and wood burner.
Feature bread oven.
Beamed ceiling currently displaying a large collection of miner’s lamps (could be available by separate negotiation).
American oak flooring.
Well-equipped and stocked bar with a glass fronted drinks chiller to front.
Alcove area with:
Glass fronted chiller unit.
Ice cream machine.
Restaurant area with:
Large and spacious area.
Conservatory style glazed roof.
Windows to all sides offer uninterrupted views of the Welsh countryside.
Laminate type flooring.
Double stainless steel sink and drainer.
Stainless steel preparation tables with under storage.
6 x burner cooker.
Glass fronted drinks chiller unit.
2 x refrigerators.
2 x microwave ovens.
Deep fat fryer.
The kitchen was refurbished approximately 2 years ago.
First floor owners’ accommodation with:
Lounge area with duel aspect windows.
Hallway with built-in wardrobes.
Bathroom with corner whirlpool bath, separate shower cubicle with electric shower, WC and was hand basin.
Double bedroom with built-in wardrobes.
Double bedroom with access to roof space and window to rear, which is also an emergency exit to roof.
Double bedroom with feature exposed stonework wall.
Cellar with boiler, washing machine, dryer, 2 x chest freezers.
Further cellar with barrel storage and beer systems.
Newly built 37ft x 25ft garage to rear of premises providing useful storage and has potential for conversion (subject to planning permission).
4 acres of land, majority used as a camp site.
Children’s play area.
Pre-fabricated toilet block.
Gravelled car park to front with cycle racks.
All fixtures and fittings are included plus a Nuffield sit on mower and a Husquavana sit on mower.
We are advised Freehold.
The business is open:
Monday - Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday – Friday: 7.00pm – 11.00pm
Saturday: 6.30pm – 11.00pm
Sunday: 12.00pm – 3.00pm
Food is served 7.00pm – 9.00pm
The business is owner run and managed with 8 x part-time and casual staff members.
The business generates a turnover in the region of £42,000 per annum, with a good gross profit.
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