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18 bedroom hotel for sale

The Fisherbeck,Old Lake Road,Waterhead,Ambleside,LA22 0DH

Offers in Region of £1,475,000

Property Description

Commercial information

  • Business for sale
  • Use class orders: C1 Hotels

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Tenure: Freehold

The Fisherbeck occupies a superb trading position on the southern approach to Ambleside and within a leisurely walk of both the village centre and the lake at Waterhead. Part of The Fisherbeck dates back to a tannery and cottage which was built in 1734. This was extended to form Fisherbeck Farm in 1838 with late-Victorian additions. However, the present layout dates to the present owners who re-configured the property shortly after acquiring it in 1979. With 18 high quality en suite bedrooms, The Fisherbeck also benefits from a separate self-catering apartment as well as two bedroom owners' flat. However, these can be readily configured to give larger owners' accommodation if desired. This high turnover bed and breakfast additionally benefits from plenty of car parking and lovely patio areas to the front which command superb views out towards Langdale and the fells beyond.

The village of Ambleside lies only half a mile from Waterhead, at the northern extremity of Lake Windermere - England's longest lake - in the heart of the Lake District National Park. This well-known and picturesque village, with its green slate buildings, merges harmoniously with the lovely Lakeland fells attracting many thousands of visitors over an ever-increasing tourist season. The Fisherbeck is ideally placed to benefit from this tourist trade, being between Waterhead and the village itself. Close by are the haunts of Beatrix Potter, Wordsworth and Ruskin, who inspired the region's literary heritage, yet it is the magnificent fells and sparkling lakes with breath-taking view around every corner that most people recall from their visit to the Lake District National Park.

The Fisherbeck was acquired by the present owners in 1979 and during their ownership they have completely refurbished this iconic Lakeland property to the very highest of standards throughout. All of the letting bedrooms now have modern and attractive en suite facilities and there is tasteful décor and furnishings throughout. They have established an excellent website and marketing which delivers consistent levels of trade and profitability year-on-year. Having enjoyed their years at The Fisherbeck, successfully raising their family, they are now looking to retire to live locally.


The Fisherbeck is a detached property with much of the property of three storey construction and under and pitched slate roof. There is a more modern addition which is single storey and again with a slate roof.


Entrance hall. Reception with fitted reception desk and serving bar. Lounge with feature fireplace, having a log-effect gas fire and feature window. Breakfast room to seat 42 - a lovely room on three levels with feature window with superb views. Second lounge which can provide additional restaurant facilities but currently is used as an owners' lounge/day room.


18 letting bedrooms to sleep 39 (15 double/twin, 2 family and 1 single room). Five have en suite shower rooms while the remaining have en suite bathrooms, some with over bath shower, some with walk-in shower. Three of the letting bedrooms are Super King size, ten have King size beds while three rooms have balconies. The four Garden Rooms on the ground floor each have a private seating area. All letting bedrooms have central heating radiator, flat screen TV with Freeview, hairdryer, Wi-Fi and tea and coffee making facilities.


Woodside Cottage (sleeps 4) - Open plan living room with tiled floor. Feature modern fitted kitchen. Inner hall. Bathroom with three piece suite and over-bath shower. Twin bedroom. Master bedroom with King Size bed and en suite shower room and fitted cupboard.


Lounge with feature Adam-style fireplace and balcony. Double bedroom (currently used as office) and further double bedroom and bathroom.


There is a double bedroom for staff with bathroom with three piece suite.


Full catering kitchen with non-slip floor and fluorescent lighting. Wash-up and preparation area with tiled floor. Vegetable preparation area and rumbling room open to the rear. Laundry room, storage and under stairs store. Dry goods store, further store and workshop. Linen store.


Very attractive frontage with drive to well-laid out car park. Steps to landscaped and lawned frontage with patio area.


South Lakeland District Council at Kendal (01539) 733333.
Mains water, drainage, electricity and gas. Gas-fired central heating. Partial double glazing.


Premises Licence



Visit England - 4 Star Gold (Guest Accommodation)
Visit England - 5 Star (Self-Catering)


Certified accounts from the owners' Chartered Accountants in the form of a Trading and Profit and Loss Account for the year ended 31 March 2016 on (net) turnover of £388,622.

Further trading information can be made available to seriously interested parties after viewing.


Offers around £1.475m are invited for the freehold complete with goodwill and trade contents (according to inventory), excluding personal items. Stock at valuation.


Colliers International is able to assist prospective purchasers by introducing sources of finance if required. Whilst we do not charge the buyer for this service, we may receive an introductory commission from the lender or broker involved.


All appointments to view MUST be made through the vendors' agents who are acting with sole selling rights.

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