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Long Established and Popular Guest House For Sale in Keswick, Cumbria

Keswick, Cumbria, England

  • Freehold Price: £475,000
Seller Reference: PAX0206303876
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Seller Reference: PAX0206303876
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Long Established and Popular Guest House For Sale


• 5/6 well-appointed guest bedrooms with mountain views
• Excellent trading location, 5 minutes walk from town centre and its many amenities
• Flexible owners accommodation, can be easily adapted to provide further income potential
• Large basement office workspace with multiple networking points, ideal for home based work/business


Since acquiring Dolly Waggon over 18 years ago, the present owners have extensively upgraded the accommodation, including a recent new kitchen, dining room, hall and staircase refurbishment. Dolly Waggon offers a potential purchaser the opportunity to acquire a well-managed fully operational business with regular repeat bookings. The property comprises a deceptively large red brick Victorian end of terrace building arranged over three floors plus a large basement with office space next to a quiet side street affording extra parking opportunities. The property is double glazed throughout. The property has WiFi throughout (Broadband connection is typically 75 down 18 up).

The current owners use the ground floor and basement as personal space and the two upper levels for guest use. This includes the kitchen and dining areas, which are located on the first floor.

The current owners are looking to retire.


Keswick is the principal tourist centre for the northern half of the Lake District National Park, now also a World Heritage Site and is positioned on the northern shore of Derwent Water, surrounded by spectacular scenery. It lies about 18 miles west of Penrith, junction 40 of the M6 Motorway via the A66. Keswick is a bustling market town of shops, hotels, restaurants, pubs and other tourist related businesses and facilities including a popular twice weekly market. It is a popular tourist destination with a busy tourist season extending throughout the year.

Keswick is host to many established events and these events further supplement trade. These include the Film Festival; Words By The Water Literary Festival; Jazz Festival; Beer Festival; Mountain Festival and a host of other Sporting Events as well as the Christmas Fair; Light Switch On and New Year in the Town Square. Keswick is also home to the famous Theatre By The Lake.


Dolly Waggon offers five/six well-appointed en-suite guest bedrooms all equipped with individually controlled thermostat radiators, flat screen televisions and hospitality trays. The building is equipped with fire doors, emergency lighting and well maintained integrated alarm system, call points and sounders on each floor. As well as gas-fired central heating the property is double glazed throughout. All en-suites comprise hand basin, shower and toilet, all have electric showers and fans fitted. Room 4 has the handbasin located in the bedroom.


Entrance Lobby:

Wooden outer entrance door with window above, leading into entrance lobby with dado rail and inner double glazed door with window above. Leading into:


29’0 x 6’3” (8.83m x 1.90m) max, incorporating attractive staircase with wood panelling. Spacious reception hallway with corniced ceiling and archway. Dado rail, radiator and white panelled doors to the rooms. Stairs to first floor.


Large bright private lounge 21’ x 17’ (6.40m x 5.18m) max. With wooden double glazed square bay window and smaller double glazed window to front. Corniced ceiling and ceiling rose. Two radiators. Telephone point. Built in storage cupboard.

Bedroom 1:

King Size en-suite bedroom 15’0” x 13’9” (4.57m x 4.19m) max. Feature tiled fireplace with wooden surround and built in shelved storage cupboards to either side and arched recess, corniced ceiling. Open hanging space. uPVC double glazed window to the rear. Radiator. Wired networking point.

Rear Inner Vestibule:

Door to Private Cloakroom.

Door to Private Bedroom/Sitting Room 22’ x 9’8” (6.70m x 2.94m) max. Built in cupboards. Private side entrance door. Radiator. Two x uPVC double glazed windows to side.

Door to Basement.



13’6” x 6’9” (4.42 x 2.05m) max. uPVC double glazed window to rear. With wired networking point.

Office/Play Room.

16’9” x 16’0” (5.10m x 4.87m) max. uPVC double glazed window to front. Multiple wired networking points.

Store / Laundry Room:

With water and power installed.


High velux window. Glazed door to drying room, housing gas central heating boiler. uPVC double glazed window to side.

Bedroom 2:

King sized double bedroom 11’6” x 11.3” max (3.50m x 3,42m). Built in storage in fireplace. uPVC double glazed window to rear with radiator under. Wired networking points. Private hallway to en-suite: 8’6” x 7’6” (2.59m x 2.28m) max with large walk-in shower. Built in units with handbasin and back to wall toilet. Built in cupboard housing hot water cylinder. uPVC double glazed window to side with radiator under. Loft access in hallway.



With built in linen cupboard and radiator.

Dining Room:

16’9” x 14’0” (5.10m x 4.26m) max. Attractive, light airy dining room with ample built-in storage and serving units along one side including free-standing fridge under. Tiled fireplace with surround and full height built in shelved cupboards to either side. Corniced ceiling and ceiling rose. Radiator, uPVC double glazed window to front. Laminate wooden floor.


10’3” x 8’3” (3.12m x 2.51m). Range of fitted wall and base units offering ample cupboard and drawer storage. Contrasting work surfaces, respatex upstands, plumbing for dishwasher. One and a half bowl sink with mixer tap. Double oven and grill, 4 burner hob and built in microwave. Built in fridge and freezer. uPVC double glazed window to front.

Bedroom 3:

Twin / SuperKing en-suite 15’0” x 13’ 9” (4.57m x 4.19m) max. Feature Victorian cast iron fireplace. Open hanging space. uPVC double glazed window to rear. Radiator.


Half Landing:

With velux window.


With access to boarded out roof space (large storage area, lighting and power points).

Bedroom 4:

Double en-suite 15’0” x 12’6” (4.57m x 3.18m) max. Feature Victorian cast iron fireplace, radiator, open hanging space. Wall mounted vanity unit in bedroom. uPVC double glazed unit to rear.

Bedroom 5:

Twin / SuperKing en-suite 16’0” x 15’0” (4.87m x 4.57m) max. Feature Victorian cast iron fireplace, radiator, free standing wardrobe, uPVC double glazed window to front.

Bedroom 6:

Large Single (4’ bed) en-suite 11’9” x 9’0” (3.58m x 2.74m). Radiator, uPVC double glazed window to front, open hanging space.

Note: Bedrooms 1, 3 and 5 are all large enough to take additional beds to let as family rooms if desired and Bedroom 6 is large enough to take a double (4’6” bed). This would take occupancy levels up from 11 to 15.


At the front of the property us a small enclosed area with seating. To the side of the property is a self contained yard with 2 gates.

Brick Built Store:

10’3” x 7’6” (3.12m x 2.28m). Slate roof. Power and light installed. Plumbing for washing machine and electrics for industrial tumble dryer. Hanging bike storage for 5 bikes plus extra storage space.


All mains services, water, electricity, gas and drainage are connected to the property. It has gas fired central heating. No warranty is given regarding the working order of any appliances or services referred to in these particulars.


We are advised the property is freehold.


Rateable Value: £6,800
Council Tax: Band A
The property qualifies for 100% small business rates relief.
EPC: C56. Certificate Reference Number: 0230-8290-0370-3910-1080


The present owners, who acquired the business over 18 years ago, have invested considerably to improve and maintain a high standard throughout.

Trading accounts will be made available to genuinely interested parties who have already inspected the premises. This is an excellent and well established business with good repeat bookings. Further information may be obtained from the business website


Offers are invited for the freehold interest in Dolly Waggon Guest House as a going concern with the benefit of forward bookings, goodwill, trade contents (excluding personal items and specific items to be identified separately) and stock at valuation. An inventory of contents will be made available.
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