Dating back to 1878, the Grade II listed property is ideally situated in the heart of the charming and affluent village of Funtington. The well presented pub has been sympathetically furnished to maintain as many period features as possible and comprises an ‘L’ shaped bar area for 50 covers, a separate restaurant area for a further 65 covers, designated carvery area, commercial kitchen and beer cellar. On the first floor, there is a function room for 50 covers, as well as owner’s accommodation with two double bedrooms, lounge, bathroom and kitchen.
Externally, there is a trade garden and patio area with six picnic tables to the rear of the property, as well as a delightful sun terrace to front of the property for 20 covers, with spectacular views of the surrounding fields. The property also provides parking for seven vehicles outside the main building and an additional 20 spaces in a separate adjacent car park.
The business prides itself on offering relaxed fine dining in beautiful surroundings and presents significant scope for a new owner to increase trade by promoting the first floor function room and host more private events and parties. The property also includes detached external stables, which could be developed into an eight bedroom bunkhouse, ideally suited to walkers and cyclists travelling through the South Downs National Park.
Current owners, Nick Sutherland and Oz Whatson have operated the Fox & Hounds for the last 10 years and have established a sold traditional inn, which has a loyal following and offers scope for increasing turnover through letting accommodation. “We have enjoyed 10 successful years at the Fox and now its time to hand over to someone new with fresh ideas to build on the success of this pub.”
Richard Wood, Senior Business Agent at Christie & Co is handling the sale and comments, “The Fox & Hounds presents a fantastic opportunity to acquire a desirable business with a strong following. We anticipate the opportunity will appeal to a hands on owner operator or an investor who could run it under management.”
Christie & Co is seeking an asking price of £145,000 for the leasehold interest of the Fox & Hounds.