10 bedroom guest house for sale

Southview House,Cross Street,Windermere,LA23 1AE

Offers in Region of £940,000

Property Description

Commercial information

  • Business for sale
  • Use class orders: C1 Hotels

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Southview was originally built in 1845 by Thomas Swainson, a local soft drink manufacturer. He chose the site well, as it gave a superb elevated view out over the village and the picturesque fells beyond. For over 100 years, this traditionally built property has been run as a guest house to serve the increasing needs of the tourist industry, but it was over the last 15 years that it has been modernised and extended into the unique property it is today. Firstly, the 24' heated indoor swimming pool was added and subsequently three spacious, luxury letting bedrooms. Additionally, there is a spacious one bedroom owners' accommodation which can easily be supplemented by the use of further letting bedrooms if required. Only a few minutes' walk from the train and bus stations as well as the village centre, Southview is an easily run guest house, ideal for the first time entrant to the hospitality industry and is unique as the only guest house in the area to feature an indoor swimming pool, giving it the capacity to attract guests on an all year round basis.

Southview is situated in the heart of the southern hub of the Lake District National Park tourist industry. Windermere Village has largely developed around this tourism and is only a 20 minute walk from Bowness Bay and Lake Windermere; England's longest lake, where elegant steamers plough its 10 miles of navigable water from Ambleside to the steam trains at Lakeside. Above Windermere Village is the outstanding viewpoint at Orrest Head, the first summit climbed by legendary walker Alfred Wainwright on his first visit to the Lake District in 1930, all of which help to attract visitors over an ever increasing tourist season.

The present owners acquired Southview in 2010 and during their ownership they have extensively upgraded the property and in particular have carried out significant improvements to the indoor swimming pool and downstairs areas. The interior now has a modern and upmarket feel which is complimented by superb décor in the spacious bedrooms. More importantly, this has helped continue to raise the turnover and profitability of a business that is easily run and ideal for the first timer or for a more experienced owner seeking a more relaxed business to operate. Having enjoyed their years at Southview, the current proprietors are now looking to move on to a new challenge.

THE PROPERTY

Being of rendered construction and under a slate roof, the main part of the property is of 3 storey construction. The indoor pool area and the modern, luxury bedrooms are both of single storey construction under a tiled roof.

PUBLIC AREAS

Bright entrance hall and reception desk. Main breakfast room, usually set for 10, having a delightful bay window, a multi-fuel stove set in a feature surround and original fitted cupboard and cornice. Conservatory used as a breakfast room usually set for 8 and with delightful views out over the village. The lounge area has a purpose built bar, a bay window, original cupboard and cornice. Indoor leisure suite, incorporating a heated swimming pool (24' x 12') with panelled ceiling and de-humidifier. Changing room/shower room and bright hallway.

LETTING BEDROOMS

10 letting bedrooms to sleep 19 (8 double, 1 twin and 1 single). All rooms have en suite facilities and are graded as follows. 3 (luxury graded) king-size bedded rooms have en suite bathrooms with spa bath and shower over, luxury furnishings, and full size TV and DVD player. 1 (luxury graded) king size bedded room has a unique contemporary 4 poster bed with en suite shower room with a body jet corner shower, full size TV and DVD player. The 2 luxury graded double bedrooms have body jet showers. The remaining 4 rooms (2 double and 1 twin and 1 single) have en suite shower rooms. All bedrooms have the benefit of central heating, Ipod docks/radio /clock alarm, colour TV, hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities.

OWNERS' ACCOMMODATION

The owners have the benefit of spacious self-contained accommodation including a private lounge, having a full-width feature slate hearth to the fireplace with multi-fuel stove. Patio doors to a private patio. Double bedroom with walk-in wardrobe and large en suite bathroom with 4 piece suite including corner bath and double width shower.

SERVICE AREAS

Kitchen (this incorporated the owners' dining area) with full range of modern fitted units, canopy and extraction. Private office/admin area. Wine storage. Utility room with commercial washer/dryer, freezer and dry goods store. Boiler room/ drying area with WC and wash basin.

OUTSIDE

Southview has the benefit of excellent tarmac car parking for up to 11 vehicles. There is also an owners' double length garage. To the front of the property is an attractive garden area, while there is a large, south-facing patio area reached via the front of the building or the spa room hall. The owners also have access to private rear patio/garden from the kitchen.

SERVICES

South Lakeland District Council at Kendal (01539) 733333.
Mains water, drainage, electricity and gas. Gas-fired central heating. The property is predominantly double glazed.

LISTINGS

Visit Britain - 4 Star Award (Guest Accommodation)

WEBSITES

www.southviewwindermere.co.uk
www.southview.co.uk

TRADE

Certified accounts from the owners' Chartered Accountants in the form of a Trading and Profit and Loss Account show trading profits of £103,169 (before finance costs, depreciation, wages and professional fees) on (net) turnover of £197,092 for the year ended 31 March 2015.

PRICE

Offers around £940,000 are invited for the freehold complete with goodwill and trade contents (according to inventory), excluding personal items. Stock at valuation.

FINANCE

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

TO VIEW

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

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)

Nearest stations

  • Windermere (0.1 mi)
  • Staveley (3.5 mi)
Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode

To view this property or request more details, contact:

Colliers International (Hotels), Manchester

1 Marsden Street, Manchester, M2 1HW

0161 468 0046 Local call rate

How much will it cost me to call the number displayed on the site?

Standard geographic charges from landlines and mobiles apply and calls may be included in your telecom provider's call package.

Map & Street View

Nearest stations

  • Windermere (0.1 mi)
  • Staveley (3.5 mi)
Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode

To view this property or request more details, contact:

Colliers International (Hotels), Manchester

1 Marsden Street, Manchester, M2 1HW

0161 468 0046 Local call rate

How much will it cost me to call the number displayed on the site?

Standard geographic charges from landlines and mobiles apply and calls may be included in your telecom provider's call package.

Disclaimer - Property reference 216797. The information displayed about this property comprises a property advertisement. Rightmove.co.uk makes no warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of the advertisement or any linked or associated information, and Rightmove has no control over the content. This property advertisement does not constitute property particulars. The information is provided and maintained by Colliers International (Hotels), Manchester. Please contact the selling agent or developer directly to obtain any information which may be available under the terms of The Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 or the Home Report if in relation to a residential property in Scotland.

Map data ©OpenStreetMap contributors.