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26 September 2016 | Hotels

400-year-old Sun Inn is looking for a new custodian

Kirkby Lonsdale “local gem” the Sun Inn is looking for new owners, following the appointment of specialist business property adviser Christie & Co to sell the inn.

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The 400-year old inn combines the character and charm of a 17th Century inn and AA two rosette restaurant with the luxury of contemporary, modern hotel accommodation.

The Grade-II Listed property is currently run by Lucy and Mark Fuller who took over the inn in 2006 and lovingly restored it after falling in love with the property on a visit to the town. They have kept the traditional feel of the inn with oak floors, wood burning stoves & leather furniture and tastefully blended old & new together in the 11 contemporary en suite bedrooms configured as four deluxe, two superior, and five standard rooms. 

The ancillary areas include a comprehensively equipped trade kitchen and food preparation area and new public toilets include accessible facilities.

The hotel is well-known for its ‘Carter at the Sun Inn’ restaurant, which has featured consistently in the Good Food Guide over the last few years. The restaurant has capacity for 42 covers where guests can enjoy a variety of meals from Head Chef Sam Carter’s award winning evening menu.

Keith Stringer, Associate Director at Christie & Co’s Manchester office is handling the sale of the hotel and said, “Situated within the historic market town of Kirkby Lonsdale, this honey pot location is uniquely placed to access both the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales.

“The Sun Inn has been consistently rated as the area’s No.1 by Trip Advisor for seven consecutive years. The business enjoys an affluent guest profile having a customer database of circa 8,000 with 36% repeat business and achieves an annual bedroom occupancy of 89%, which is well above the average we usually see within the South Lakes area.”

The hotel is currently being marketed by Christie & Co at an asking price of £1.95m.