Lawrence Wright. Specialist Hotel Agent. 01747 228941
Classic Edwardian Country House Guest House
The Marston Lodge
St. Michaels Road
Situation and Description: The property faces south in an outstanding position with far reaching views to the sea and Exmoor beyond, on the slopes of North Hill. Originally a Gentleman’s residence built around 1901 and later a renowned vegetarian restaurant and hotel, the property is now run as a licensed B&B ( although rated as the No 1 Hotel in the area on Tripadvisor). The property has gas fired central heating. To the front are two car parking areas; at the side is a terrace for guests to enjoy the sun and from here a series of paths to the rear mature walled garden rising above the level of the roof of Marston Lodge and gaining the southern light to ripen the many fruits on an abundance of trees and vines. With the productive vegetable beds and chickens, owners can enjoy reasonable level of self sufficiency.
Study – used privately.
Kitchen – comprehensively fitted for the trade with cooker, sinks etc. Door to:
Scullery with Gardner’s toilet and door to rear garden.
Integral Garage ( Plans have been drawn to convert to a private sitting room)
Bedroom 1 and 2 are at the east end of the house and are used privately, both are double – sized rooms with en suite facilities – a door could be inserted to isolate these bedrooms from the rest of the house.
4 En suite Double Bedrooms, examples:
SECOND FLOOR – 5 En suite Double Bedrooms
Front – Shrubbery, Flower Beds, Parking and Seating Terraces.
Side – Seating Terrace and Ornamental Pond.
Rear – Greenhouse (currently housing hens), ancient mower shed; paths upwards linking mature shrubberies and flower beds to the top garden with southerly views laid to grass with numerous fruit trees and vegetable beds.
The Business – a predominantly bed and breakfast business with an honesty bar, run by a husband and wife team for the past twelve years and now for sale as they wish for a change – the creation of a garden which, in part, provides for self sufficiency has spurred them to move on to a small holding and again create something special on a much larger scale. The guest house is run by the proprietors with a minimal staff and opens predominantly seasonally and therefore turnover is kept below the vat threshold of £85,000 p.a.
A business which can be taken in many directions according to the wishes of the new owners:
Remain the same.
Remain the same but take the bar and games room to create larger owner’s accommodation and perhaps develop the garage according to plans already drawn.
Take the business back to a traditional Hotel providing a wide range of facilities.
The key word for this property is flexibility, with approximately 5,000 square feet of space the building can be adapted for a range of uses both private and public – well worth a visit.
Price: £725,000 Freehold
Fixtures, Fittings, Furniture and Trade Equipment: An inventory of trade contents is included in the sale price. A detailed inventory will be prepared at a later stage.
Viewing: Strictly by appointment with the agents.
The accuracy of these particulars is not guaranteed by the agents nor do they form part of any contract. Applicants should verify details by personal examination and enquiry. Items of furniture, fixtures, fittings and equipment are mentioned for illustrative purposes only and do not necessarily form part of the Trade Inventory referred to above, neither has the agent tested any equipment, fixtures, fittings or services and so cannot verify that they are in working order or fit for the purpose. References to the Tenure of the Property are based on information supplied by the Vendor. The agent has not had sight of the title documents. A buyer is advised to obtain verification from their solicitor.
You are advised to check the availability of the property before travelling a long distance to view.