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Seventeenth century Gilsland country inn up for grabs

Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co is delighted to bring to the open market, The Samson Inn in Gilsland, Northumberland, presenting an exciting opportunity to purchase a delightful and extensively refurbished village pub with four modern en suite guest rooms, just a stone’s throw away from Hadrian's Wall National Trail.

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The Samson Inn

Originally a coaching inn established in the 17th century, then rebuilt and re-branded after a famous steam engine when the railways arrived, The Samson Inn has been welcoming travellers for centuries and remains a popular destination pub amongst locals and tourists, particularly during the summer months.

This business has been owned and operated by Lauren and Liam Harrison for the last nine years. During this time, they have undertaken an extensive refurbishment to the pub and restaurant areas, as well as the B&B accommodation.

Marslie McGregor, Business Agent – Pubs & Restaurants is handling the sale and comments, “The Samson Inn is a hugely successful business in the very popular tourist location of Gilsland, a small village that straddles the border between Cumbria and Northumberland. Sitting on Hadrian’s Wall, over 50,000 visitors pass through this area every year. Having recently undergone a refurbishment, this is a fantastic turnkey opportunity for either an existing operator looking to add to their portfolio, or a first-time buyer, to pick up a much-loved village pub that is well known for its great food, accommodation and service, with potential for further development and diversification.

“The area itself is seeing good demand from buyers due to the opportunities it has to offer. We have recently sold a similar business nearby, The Milecastle Inn, which had much interest and multiple offers, as well as The Golden Lion Hotel and Twice Brewed so we expect this opportunity to be snapped up.”

The vendors, Lauren and Liam comment, “We've been delighted with how the business has bounced back from the pandemic stronger than ever. The Samson is a great village pub with tremendous support from both tourists and locals but we feel now is the right time to pass on the baton to new owners. We're really excited to have Christie and Co marketing the pub and have every confidence they'll find the right person or people to take over."

For further information on this press release, contact:

Bronte Hughes, Corporate Communications Executive

P: 020 7227 0794 or E:

Contact the agent:

Marslie McGregor, Business Agent – Hospitality

M +44 (0) 7813 072460


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