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Quintessential Thatched Free of Tie Devon Village Inn for Sale

Axminster, Devon, England

  • Leasehold Price: £49,950
  • Annual Turnover: £246,863
Seller Reference: 4781
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The George Inn is an attractive Grade II Listed thatched Devon inn with origins dating back to the 15th Century. The Inn retains much of the "olde worlde" charm and character including heavily beamed ceilings, stone walls and open fireplaces. This quality free of tie village inn briefly comprises:- Character Main Bar Area (20+), Snug Area (10), Locals Bar Areas (23+), Restaurant (20), Double Skittle Alley/Functions Room, Commercial Catering Kitchen with extensive ancillary and backup facilities, 4 En-Suite Letting Bedrooms, spacious first floor Living Accommodation with Sitting Room, 4 Bedrooms (1 en-suite), and Bathroom. Externally the property benefits from Patio Trade Terraces to the front and rear for approximately 66, Beer Garden for 24, Owners Enclosed Private Lawned Garden and Private Customer Car Park for around 30 vehicles.

The George Inn is situated in the heart of the attractive Devon village of Chardstock which is located on the Devon/Somerset border equidistant from the market towns of Axminster and Chard (4 miles). The village of Chardstock is situated in the Blackdown Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and the village has a good range of amenities including a post office/shop and primary school. The market town of Axminster is on an intercity rail link (London Waterloo). The world-famous Jurassic Coast of East Devon and West Dorset,
designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is around 10 miles away. Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with its thatched cottages and inn, the village post office and shop, cricket club and primary school, Chardstock is the epitome of an English country village, being both a delightful rural retreat and a lively and popular community. The area is also renowned for the River Cottage HQ and River Cottage Canteen at Axminster.

Main entrance door to front into Entrance Vestibule with door into Snug Area an attractive character trade area with oak flooring, heavily beamed ceilings, wood panelled walls, feature Inglenook stone fireplace with bread oven (disused), range of free-standing wooden tables and fixed upholstered bench seating for 10 customers. Through into Main Bar again an attractive character bar area tastefully furnished and decorated with oak flooring, heavily beamed ceilings, infold panelled and wood panelled walls, feature brick fireplace with inset wood burner, range of free-standing wooden tables and chairs, upholstered seating and upholstered window seating comfortably for 20 customers. Through into Locals Bar Area with a continuation in style, theme and ambience with oak flooring, range of high stools and feature barrel tables, television, comfortably seating 13 customers plus standing. Substantial brick fronted and polished oak topped Bar Servery fitted with associated back bar fittings and display shelving with Altro flooring, double glass fronted bottle fridge, EPOS touch screen cash register, range of optics, stainless steel sink unit. Raised Seating Area with part carpeted and part exposed stone flooring, wall mounted large screen television, darts oche area, door to rear trade garden and car park, seating for 10 customers. Ladies & Gents WCs. Restaurant an attractive character room tastefully furnished and decorated with oak flooring, part exposed stone walls, ceiling timbers, French doors to rear garden area, feature brick open fireplace, range of freestanding wooden tables, chairs and upholstered bench seating for 20 customers. Commercial Catering Kitchen with tiled flooring and fully clad wipe clean walls, fitted with a range of commercial catering equipment to include:- extractor system with stainless steel canopy over, 6-burner gas range, stainless steel workbenches with shelving below, commercial microwave oven, twin floor standing deep fat fryer, table top deep fat fryer, chargrill, warming cabinet with bain-marie over, commercial upright fridge, serving gantry and upright freezer. Wash Up/Store Room with Altro flooring, twin deep bowl stainless steel sink unit with spray jet, hand basin, stainless steel workbench with shelving below, commercial dishwasher (leased), double upright commercial fridge, 2 chest freezers, commercial upright freezer. Dry Goods Store fully shelved. Skittle Alley/Function Room a purpose built and equipped unusual twin skittle alley with heavily beamed ceilings and Bar Servery Area. Store Room. Laundry Store Area with shelving and Altro flooring. Beer Cellar temperature controlled on the ground floor with double fridge, 2 single fridges and ice machine.

The George Inn offers 4 individual en-suite letting bedrooms which are situated in a detached converted barn to the rear of the pub and which benefit from being self-contained. Currently only three of the bedrooms are used for letting purposes, the fourth is used as additional private accommodation. There are 2 bedrooms on the ground floor and 2 bedrooms on the first floor. Each of the well-equipped letting bedrooms offers remote control colour televisions, hairdryers and courtesy trays. The bedrooms briefly comprise:- 2 Ground Floor and 2 First Floor Bedrooms each with recently refurbished En-Suite Shower Rooms.

Situated on the first floor of the main property is the spacious owner's apartment which briefly comprises:- Sitting Room with aspect to front and an En-Suite Shower Room (Disused). Bedroom 1 a single room with aspect to front, exposed wall and ceiling timbers Bedroom 2 a double room with aspect to front and exposed wall timbers. Bedroom 3 a double room with aspect to front. Bedroom 4 a single room with aspect to rear. Bathroom with shower over bath. Separate WC.

To the front of the property is an attractive patio style Seating Terrace with outside lighting and bench seating for approximately 16 customers. To the rear of the property is a Private Customer Car Park with parking for around 30 vehicles, Lawned Beer Garden with seating for around 24 customers and a further Private Owners Enclosed Lawned Garden Area. Also, to the rear is an attractive raised Courtyard Area with outside lighting and bench seating for around 40 customers and a Covered Pagoda Area for around 10 customers.

The George Inn trades as a quality country village pub and restaurant with letting bedrooms, located in a popular and much sought-after village. With an abundance of character features throughout the property, The inn is a well-regarded business which benefits from good levels of regular, year-round repeat trade, not only from the village, but also from the surrounding villages and towns. The letting bedrooms also provide a steady year-round income and help boost trade levels throughout the year. The business benefits from a local following with plenty of attractions and things to do in the local area. The Inn attracts a steady stream of both local clientele and tourists. A quintessential thatched character freehouse, The George Inn has received a number of favourable reviews on TripAdvisor and and the business has a 5 Star Food Hygiene rating. The George Inn benefits from numerous skittles teams and a cricket team. This well-regarded business has been the subject of upgrading and improvement by our clients, yet still offers tremendous potential to develop all aspects of the trade still further and build on the business levels. The sale of The George Inn represents and excellent opportunity to purchase a thatched country village inn and restaurant with letting accommodation and family sized owner's accommodation. The George Inn is undoubtedly a very special place to live and work and a formal viewing is essential to appreciate all that this business and property has to offer.

Our clients advise that sales for the 12 months ending May 2019 show sales of £241,863 including VAT. Trading information can be made available to interested parties following a formal viewing appointment.

The George Inn trades from 6:00pm until 10pm on Monday; 6:00pm until 11:00pm on Tuesday; midday until 2:30pm and 6:00pm until 11:00pm Wednesday to Thursday; midday until 11:00pm on Friday and Saturday; and from midday until 7:00pm on Sunday.

The business is run by our clients, a husband and wife partnership, assisted by up to 9 part-time/casual members of staff, as and when trade levels dictate.

Our clients advise that there is potential to develop all aspects of the trade still further and for future growth in trade levels and maximising the available income streams. There are also opportunities to increase the current trading hours and introduce all day opening and by serving food all day, particularly in the summer months and at weekends, and build on the solid levels of trade already established.

Listed property and therefore exempt.

For up to date Business Rates and Council Tax information relating to this property, we refer you to The Valuation Office website

All main services, with the exception of mains gas, are connected to the subject property. LPG is used for cooking and heating.

£49,950 for the valuable FREE OF TIE leasehold interest as a going concern business and full trade inventory. Wet and dry stock to be additional at valuation. Vacant possession upon completion.

The business is held on a Wellington Pub Company FREE OF TIE 20 year lease which commenced in 2007. The current rent is £42,948 plus VAT per annum with rent reviews every 5 years. The business is held on fully repairing and insuring terms. Full details available on request.

Strictly by appointment with the vendors Sole Selling Agents.Tel:(01392)201262.
You are recommended to contact us before visiting the property even for an informal viewing. We can then confirm whether or not it is still available.

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Chardstock, Nr Axminster
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The business is held on a Wellington Pub Company FREE OF TIE 20 year lease which commenced in 2007. The current rent is £42,948 plus VAT per annum with rent reviews every 5 years. The business is held on fully repairing and insuring terms.
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