Picturesque & Unique 'Landmark' Waterside Freehouse, Located Between Exeter Canal & the Beautiful River Exe, On the Market for the First Time in Over 25 Years
The Turf stands in an unrivalled waterside setting at the Lock Gate entrance to the Exeter canal, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Superb estuary views are enjoyed southwards down the River Exe to Lympstone and the coastal resort of Exmouth, about three and a quarter miles’ distance. On the Western side is Exminster, located approx 1 1/4 miles away, just off the Exeter to Dawlish, Teignmouth and Torquay (A379) road. The beautiful city of Exeter is approx five miles from The Turf with excellent air and rail connections. The Turf is one of the very few pubs in the Country which cannot be reached by car. One of the most popular ways to get to The Turf is by bike or foot along the footpath from either Exeter canal, via Countess Weir swingbridge or via the bridge over the railway at Powderham. This path leads on to Cockwood, Dawlish Warren and Dawlish beyond, opening up access from South Devon. There are car parks located nearby with the main areas being at Powderham Church and by the Swans Nest. Alternatively, The Turf can be reached by water, either via private boat or the 'Sea Dream' 61 seater from Topsham or the Topsham Ferry, which runs from April to October. The proprietors of The Turf enjoy a vehicular right of way to the premises along the council owned canal road off the A379.
An imposing Grade II Listed, two storey building with slate hung exterior elevations under a multi-pitched slated roof, originally designed by James Green in 1823. The Turf is a rather special and much lauded pub set in a stunning location on the banks of the River Exe. During the period of our clients’ ownership they have built up an exceptionally strong business with an enviable lifestyle in this glorious location. The business comes to life from spring time each year, following closure over the winter months, and trades strongly through the summer season to the Autumn with the peak months being from May to September. Its unique location means that the Turf is only accessible by foot, bike or boat adding to appeal of the destination with families and pets always welcome. The Turf offers a wide range of local ales, lagers and ciders together with an inviting food menu with a choice of freshly prepared and locally supplied pub classics and a la carte dishes from the kitchen. Given its location, the Turf has become well known for its BBQs, either from the main BBQ station or the alternative ‘cook you own’ BBQs situated in the grounds, which are particularly popular with groups, societies and other parties wishing to enjoy a trip to this rather unique pub. Whilst The Turf is a very successful business, there remains huge opportunity for a new owner to untap further potential by increased marketing, opening times, letting accommodation and more