25 April 2016 | Hotels

Abbey sale gives buyers chance to live the Downton life

Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co has been instructed to sell St Benet’s Abbey Bed & Breakfast near Bodmin.

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Situated in the village of Lanivet in the central Cornwall countryside, St Benet’s Abbey is conveniently located with easy access to the A30 dual carriageway and is also close to Bodmin. Lanivet itself is on the halfway point of the Saints’ Way footpath, a route said to have been taken by pilgrims in medieval times.

St Benet’s Abbey is steeped in history, dating back to 1411 when it functioned as an abbey of the Benedictine order. It sits within 6.8 acres of grounds and includes the original chapel tower which at one point would have been joined to the main building by cloisters. It has been trading as a bed and breakfast since the 1980s when it was extensively restored and the current owners have continued to maintain and improve upon the Grade-II listed building.

The property benefits from nine ensuite letting bedrooms, a guest lounge, a dining room, two bedroom owner’s accommodation, attractive gardens and ample guest parking.

Stephen Champion, Business Agent at Christie & Co comments: “St Benet’s Abbey possesses a wealth of charm and period features which is evident throughout the property and grounds.

“Our clients have built up a thriving bed and breakfast business in recent years; however, there is scope to build upon this and further develop the trade. This is a unique opportunity for a new owner to acquire such an historic property.”

Christie & Co is seeking offers of £750,000 for the freehold interest in St Benet’s Abbey.