The Stapleton Arms is a substantial and highly impressive 18th Century Grade II Listed character village Inn set in grounds which extend to over ¾ acre. Recently closed, due to unforeseen circumstances, The Stapleton Arms has been the subject of fastidious renovation and refurbishment to exacting standards by our clients during their 12 years of ownership and consequently, it is presented and furnished to an high standard throughout and offers 4 high quality boutique style En-Suite Letting Bedrooms, an attractive Main Bar and Dining Area with approximately 50+ covers, a Separate Restaurant for 32+ customers, well equipped Commercial Catering Kitchen with associated ancillary facilities, and a spacious and well presented 3 Double Bedroom Self-Contained Owners Accommodation with Sitting Room, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Family Bathroom and Shower Room. Externally, the grounds extend to over ¾ acre and incorporate a large Car Park area for around 50 vehicles, Single Garage, an attractive Patio Terrace to the front (16+), an Enclosed Lawned Trade Garden to the rear offering al fresco seating for around 40+ customers and a small Paddock Field. The Stapleton Arms is a highly regarded and well-presented country village inn, and a viewing is strongly recommended.
The Stapleton Arms is situated in a picturesque and highly sought after Dorset village of Buckhorn Weston near Gillingham. Buckhorn Weston is a typical and attractive North Dorset village, nestling on the slopes of the Buckhorn Vale. This affluent village is located around 4 miles from the towns of Wincanton and Gillingham, 8 miles from the ancient hilltop town of Shaftesbury, 12 miles from Sherborne with its historic castles and abbey. Gillingham offers a main rail link to London Waterloo and the A303 London to the Westcountry trunk road is around 4 miles away. There are a wealth of attractions in the area including Longleat Safari Park, National Trust's Stower Head, Wincanton Racecourse and Yeovilton Air Museum.
Main entrance door to front into Entrance Vestibule with door into Main Bar and Dining Area an attractive character room tastefully furnished and decorated with part flagstone and part stripped wood flooring, feature open fireplace, range of comfy sofas, free standing wooden tables, chairs, stools and upholstered bench style seating for 50 customers plus ample standing room. Timber fronted and topped Bar Servery fitted with associated back bar fittings and display shelving with triple glass fronted bottle fridge, EPOS touch screen cash register with printer link to kitchen. Restaurant an attractive and impressive character room with carpeted flooring, feature fireplace (disused), range of free standing tables, upholstered chairs comfortably seating 32 customers. Timber fronted and topped Waitress Station and Servery with EPOS touch screen ordering point with link to the kitchen, single glass fronted wine fridge, display shelving, coffee machine, coffee grinder, undercounter fridge and hand basin. Commercial Catering Kitchen with Altro flooring, fully lined and stainless steel clad walls, fully equipped to a high standard with a quality range of commercial catering equipment to include:- 6-burner range, Bullseye hot plate and range, chargrill, Rationale oven, extractor system with stainless steel canopy over, 2 twin floor standing deep fat fryers, deep bowl stainless steel sink unit, stainless steel workbenches with shelving below, stainless steel wall shelving, undercounter fridge, warming cabinet with lit serving gantry over, 2 deep bowl stainless steel sink units, commercial dishwasher, undercounter fridge, undercounter freezer, microwave oven, stainless steel hand basin, glasswasher and door to rear. Walk in Fridge. Garage/Store Room with stainless steel rack shelving, oil-fired boiler, chest freezer, upright freezer, and water softener. Ladies & Gents WCs. Cellar temperature controlled on the ground floor. Bottle Store/Boiler Room with upright fridge, shelved storage space and door to rear. Office Area.
The Stapleton Arms offers 4 individually designed high quality boutique style en-suite letting bedrooms which benefit from being self-contained from the pub. The attractive rooms are designed and decorated in a traditional style, with contemporary touches in keeping with the ambience of the property. All rooms are equipped to a high standard with sumptuous beds, flat screen TVs, hair dryers and hospitality trays. The bedrooms are all well proportioned and briefly comprise:- Bedroom 1 a family room (4) with double bed and double sofa bed and an En-Suite Bathroom. Bedroom 2 a family room (3) with a double bed and a single sofa bed and an En-Suite Bathroom with roll topped bath. Bedroom 3 a double room with an En-Suite Bathroom. Bedroom 4 a double room with an En-Suite Shower Room.
Situated on the first floor is the spacious and well appointed owner's apartment which can be accessed via the pub or which can be completely self-contained and accessed through its own private entrance. The impressive owners apartment briefly comprises:- Sitting Room an attractive room with dual aspect to the side and rear. Kitchen/Dining Room fitted with a range of modern base and wall mounted kitchen units, complementary worksurfaces and built in hob and oven. Bedroom 1 a good sized double room with aspect to front. Bedroom 2 a good sized double room with aspect to the front. Family Bathroom with modern white suite and shower over bath. Bedroom 3 a double room with aspect to the rear with Kitchenette Area and En-Suite Shower Room.
The grounds extend to over ¾ acre and incorporate extensive Car Parking to the side and rear for around 50 vehicles and a Single Garage. To the front of the property is a Raised Patio Area with boules piste providing al fresco seating for around 16 customers. To the rear is an Enclosed Lawned Beer Garden providing al fresco seating for 40+ customers. Beyond the car park is a Small Paddock Area, backing onto the village playing fields.
The Stapleton Arms is presented to an exceptionally high standard throughout and traded as a quality destination country pub and restaurant with letting bedrooms located in a popular and much sought after popular village, until it unexpectedly closed in January 2020. The Stapleton Arms represents an excellent opportunity to re-establish this extremely successful and well-regarded business. An attractive character property, The Stapleton Arms has previously received numerous awards and accolades as well as being featured in the Good Pub Guide, The Good Beer Guide and the Michelin Guide. Our clients have owned The Stapleton Arms for over 12 years and initially ran the business under management. This is an extremely well-regarded business opportunity which has been the subject of fastidious upgrade and improvement by our clients and which offers tremendous potential, particularly for hands on owner operators. The sale of The Stapleton Arms represents an excellent opportunity to purchase an impressive country village inn and restaurant with high quality letting accommodation and family sized owners' accommodation. The Stapleton Arms is undoubtedly a very special place to live and work and a formal viewing is essential in order to appreciate all that this high-quality opportunity has to offer.
Historic accounts provided by our clients for the year ending 2015 showed sales of £448,082 net of VAT, under management. The split of trade was 49% food sales, 37% wet sales and 13% accommodation sales. Historic accounting information is available, however, in recent years the pub has been run by a third party, as a tenancy, and consequently no up to date trading information is available.
Listed property and therefore exempt.
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All main services with the exception of mains gas are connected to the subject property. LPG is used for cooking and part central heating. Oil also provides part central heating.
PRICE & TENURE
£725,000 plus VAT for the valuable freehold interest and full trade inventory. Vacant possession upon completion.
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The Stapleton Arms is situated in a picturesque and highly sought after Dorset village of Buckhorn Weston near Gillingham. Buckhorn Weston is a typical and attractive North Dorset village, nestling on the slopes of the Buckhorn Vale. This affluent village is located around 4 miles from the towns of Wincanton and Gillingham, 8 miles from the ancient hilltop town of Shaftesbury, 12 miles from Sherborne with its historic castles and abbey.