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26 February 2019 | Hotels

Cumbrian destination dining inn on the market through Christie & Co

Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co has brought to the market The Bay Horse Hotel, an Ulverston destination dining inn with nine bedrooms providing views across the Leven Estuary towards the Cumbrian fells.

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The former 17th century coaching inn features a conservatory restaurant that seats 50 diners and offers panoramic views across the estuary. The business has cultivated a strong reputation for its food and beverage offering, with the current owner having trained under John Tovey MBE, one of Britain’s first celebrity chefs, who achieved success as the owner of the Miller Howe Hotel near Windermere. As a result, the business’ reputation draws high levels of repeat custom from both the local area and further afield. 

For overnight guests, there are nine individually appointed en suite bedrooms that have recently been refurbished to offer light, bright and modern letting accommodation, with six of these rooms overlooking the estuary. The rooms are housed within a single storey extension extending from the first floor.

Owner’s accommodation is included in the form a detached converted barn comprising one double bedroom, a lounge with open grate fire, kitchen, bathroom and a private lawned garden. The property provides an ideal opportunity for an owner-operator wishing to reside on site, or alternatively the space could be used as manager’s accommodation.

Owner, Robert Lyons has run the hotel for the past 29 years and is seeking a sale due to retirement. Mr Lyons comments, “The Bay Horse has become a much loved and well supported part of the Ulverston community and its surrounding area. We have a good mix of corporate, casual and special occasion dining throughout the year. We have enjoyed a good lifestyle from running the Bay Horse but it is now time to enjoy our home and garden.”

Alistair Greenhalgh, Director at Christie & Co who is handling the sale, comments, “The Bay Horse Hotel offers a fantastic opportunity to acquire a well established business with stunning views across the estuary, together with separate owners accommodation.”

“Due to its enviable location and reputation for high quality food, plus the high standard of the guest rooms, we anticipate high levels of interest from a range of potential buyers looking to acquire a profitable business with minimal starting capital required.”

Christie & Co is seeking offers in excess of £750,000 for the freehold interest of The Bay Horse.