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Tenure: Freehold

LOCATION Watchet on the Bristol Channel is a charming little coastal town with a pretty harbour, an active marina and quaint houses.
It was once an active port with a host of commodities traded up and down the coast as well as across to Wales and Ireland.

A popular stop today on the West Somerset Railway, attractions include a second former railway linking the town with the Brendon Hills, known as 'The Mineral Line', two museums as well as a fossil beach and paddling pool.

With easy access from Bridgwater, Taunton and Minehead the town is popular with visitors for short stays and day trips in particular.

BUSINESS This long established traditional licensed café and coffee shop occupies a most attractive and prominent corner position overlooking the picturesque harbour and marina of this historic port which is a popular stop on the West Somerset Railway and has much to offer to visitors.

The property, which is Grade 2 listed and enjoys many period features, is both spacious and attractively presented with the first floor owners' accommodation being beautifully appointed throughout and offering 3 bedrooms.

The main dining area accommodates 30 covers but there is also a former sweet shop with an independent entrance which currently provides additional seating space and offers a variety of potential uses. Reinstatement of the sweet shop seems an easy win and the opportunity exists to let this space for additional income with no associated work.

Trade is good, the business being Vat registered and operated by one person with the assistance of two part time chefs and a full time waitress. Serving a comprehensive variety of high quality coffees and speciality teas as well as superb hot chocolate drinks the menu is varied and interesting with content ranging from lighter snacks to more substantial main meals for the heartier appetite. Canadian style and English breakfasts are available all day as are delightful cream teas.

This could be a perfect lifestyle business choice for a committed couple and a full external and internal inspection is strongly recommended.

YEARS ESTABLISHED We understand that a café has traded from this location for more than 20 years. The business was acquired by the current owners in late 2012. 

TRADE The business trades well above the threshold for Vat registration from modest opening hours (see below) and offers a good net income for a committed couple living on site with the majority of day to day living costs covered.

Detailed financial information will be made available to interested parties upon completion of a form of confidentiality agreement and following an exchange with Adams & Co regarding background, reason for interest, financial position and ability to proceed.

REASON FOR SALE Retirement planning. 

STAFF The property is owned by a couple, the business being run through a limited company for tax purposes as one of the parties has continued a separate career. The café is operated by the other person with the assistance of 2 x part-time chefs and a full-time waitress. 

OPENING HOURS Tuesday to Sunday: 10.00am to 4.00pm (to 3.00pm in winter)
Monday: Closed

BUSINESS PREMISES The business occupies a Grade 2 listed period property standing in a prominent corner position, parts of which may date from the early 18th Century or perhaps earlier. The listing text showing on reads as follows:

Early C18 or possibly earlier. Stands on the corner of Market Street and Swain Street. Render, plain and fishscale tiles to front roof slope, pantiles to rear, coped end gable, rendered chimney stacks. Tiles to both slopes of roof covered with bitumen. Two-storeys. Quoin pilasters. Three window front to Market Street, horizontal sliding sashes with glazing bars. Central recessed panelled door. Mid-late C19 shop front to left-hand side. Modern double door opening to right. Return elevation to Swain Street, 2 windows, angled oriel bay window with sashes to first floor left, casement with glazing bars to right. Shop window to ground floor and small sliding sash. Blocked semi-circular opening to roof.

The current owners have invested in a programme of refurbishment during their period of tenure and the property is presented to a high standard in all the main areas, the residential accommodation at first floor level being particularly well finished.

The features of the property can be properly appreciated only by a full external and internal inspection, which is strongly recommended, and the following therefore represents only a brief description:

Ground Floor

Main Dining Area (6.5m x 6.5m approx.):
Two-thirds glazed wooden entrance door with glazed panel over standing alongside feature display window with prominent signage over. Smaller display window to the side elevation with signage over and further wooden sash window, both offering views over the harbour and marina. Two 'port hole' windows overlooking the adjacent entrance hallway. Wooden door giving access to same. Wood panel effect flooring. Exposed beams and supporting pillar. Part wooden wall paneling. Fitted window seat to side elevation. Attractive matching tables and chairs arranged to offer 30 covers whilst maintaining the feeling of space. L-shaped counter servery with marble effect surface accommodating GA coffee machine and with open storage under. Wall recess accommodating Olivetti till and a coffee grinder. Polar bottle chiller. Freestanding shelving unit. Radiator.

A doorway to the rear of the dining area gives access to a Rear Inner Hallway with ceramic tiled floor and radiator which leads beyond a half glazed wooden doorway giving access to a fully enclosed, small open central courtyard, to the separate WC Facilities for ladies, gentlemen and staff. Further doors give access to:

Commercial Kitchen (3.6m x 3.3m approx.):
Obscure glazed wooden window overlooking central courtyard. Non-slip floor surface. Tiled walls. Fluorescent lighting. Stainless steel refrigeration unit with preparation surface and gantry over. Stainless steel sink unit with large drainer and open storage under. Stainless steel work surface with 2 freezers under. 3 microwave ovens. Twin deep fat fryer. Eye level grill. Hot plate. Stainless steel electric double oven with 6 hot plates, all under stainless steel extraction hood. Stainless steel Smeg oven. Buffalo grill. Shallow stainless steel shelving unit. Stainless steel wall mounted wash hand basin. Wall mounted insect killer. Passageway (2.0m x 1.5m approx.) leading to former sweet shop at the front of the property. Non-slip floor surface. Williams refrigerator. Tall bottle chiller. Microwave oven. Fitted shelving to one side.

Washing-up/Prep Room (3.3m x 2.5m approx.):
Of somewhat irregular shape. Tiled floor. 2 x skylights. Stainless steel sink unit with single drainer to side. Duo 750 Class EQ stainless steel dishwasher. Fitted wall cupboards. Wall shelving. Stainless steel prep tables with open storage under. Wooden door with obscure glazed panel leading to:

Large Store Room (5.9m x 4.6m approx.):
NB This is a large space and with imagination could be reconfigured to offer more dining covers if desired.

2 x Velux roof lights. Vinyl floor covering. Large supporting pillar. 3 x large chest freezers. Freestanding metal storage racking. Metal trolley with 4 shelves. Stainless steel prep table with small gantry over and open storage under. Hoover washing machine. Hoover dryer. Wall mounted storage heater. Hot cabinet. Further stainless steel prep table. Open wooden staircase rising to the owners' accommodation at first floor level. Half glazed door giving access to fully enclosed, small open central courtyard, above which a decked terrace has been constructed (see under 'Dining Room' in the Private Accommodation section below). Wooden door to:

Store Room 2 (3.4m x 3.0m approx.):
Non-slip floor surface. Stainless steel Foster freezer. Chest freezer. Fitted wall shelving. Door to fitted cupboard housing Vaillant gas fired boiler supplying hot water and central heating to the property (new in 2013). Wooden door to:

Former Sweet Shop (6.2m x 4.3m approx.):
Half glazed wooden double doors to the front elevation. Non-slip floor surface. Inset spotlights. 2 x 'port holes' overlooking the adjoining entrance hallway. Wooden wall paneling. Fitted display shelving to one side accommodating selection of sweet jars but with room for very many more. Wooden counter servery with Olivetti till and Adam weighing scales. Matching sideboard unit. Coffee bar to one wall with 4 x bar stools. Tables and chairs arranged to offer 6 additional dining covers but with space for many more if desired. Wooden door to passageway (see above) leading to the Commercial Kitchen. Wooden door to:

Entrance Hallway:
Wooden front door with two high level glazed panels. Inset door mat. 'Port holes' overlooking both the Main Dining Area and the Former Sweet Shop. High level meter cupboard. Door to Main Dining Room. Door to Former Sweet Shop. Wooden door with step up into carpeted staircase leading to the owners' private accommodation at first floor level.
NB This hallway with the independent entrance door means that the first floor accommodation can be made to be self-contained if desired.

PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION The owners' private accommodation may be accessed independently via the front door and entrance hall as described above or via the rear staircase located in the large store room. These private quarters are spacious, offering 3 bedrooms as well as 2 reception rooms, a beautifully fitted kitchen, two bathrooms including one ensuite and an office. All are most attractively presented in neutral colours and with new carpets and a full inspection is strongly recommended.

The main staircase rises from the Entrance Hallway to:

Main Landing:
Wooden gallery rail. Skylight. Radiator. Carpeted throughout. Wooden doors to:

Sitting Room (6.5m x 3.5m approx.):
Wooden stable door. A stunning, very spacious and most delightful sitting room with a considerable number of period features. Exposed beams and ceiling supports. Slightly uneven floor as might be expected of a property of this period. Triple aspect sash bay window and further multi pane wooden window to the side elevation overlooking the harbour and marina. Fixed multi pane wooden window to the front elevation overlooking Market Street. Inset corner fireplace with tiled inserts and wooden mantle over. 2 x candelabra light fittings. Carpeted. 2 x radiators.

Bathroom (2.1m x 2.0m):
Slightly irregular shape. Velux roof light. Part tiled walls. Vinyl floor covering. Large bath. Pedestal wash basin. Low flush WC. Corner shelving unit. Deep wall recess with fitted mirror.

Bedroom 2 (4.4m x 3.1m approx.):
A very spacious double bedroom. Fixed multi pane wooden window to the front elevation overlooking Market Street. Exposed beams. Fitted double wardrobe cupboards with further fitted cupboards over and shelving to one side. Carpeted. Radiator.

Bedroom 1 (4.3m x 3.8m approx.):
Of slightly irregular shape. A very spacious double bedroom enjoying an en-suite shower room facility. Fixed multi pane wooden window to the front elevation overlooking Market Street. Wall recess feature. Carpeted. Radiator. Door to En-suite Shower Room (2.3m x 1.2m approx.). Velux roof light. Pedestal wash basin. Low flush WC. Double width shower cubicle with mains powered shower. Part tiled walls. Tiled floor. Heated towel rail.

Office (3.4m x 2.0m approx.):
Used as an office but also suitable for use as a single bedroom. Exposed beam. Velux roof light. Carpeted.

Kitchen (4.0m x 2.5m approx. widening to 3.5m approx. at one end):
Sliding door access from landing. A beautifully appointed fully fitted kitchen. Double glazed window to rear elevation. Exposed beam. Vinyl floor covering. 1.5 bowl stainless steel sink unit with single drainer. Range of matching wall and floor cupboards with roll edged work surfaces and tiled splash backs. Fitted electric oven with 4 ring induction hob and extraction hood over. Fitted dishwasher. Fitted refrigerator. Radiator. Space for small dining table.

Dining Room/Bedroom 3 (3.7m x 3.3m approx.):
Used by the current owners as a dining room but also very suitable for use as a third double bedroom if desired. Carpeted. Radiator. Half glazed door to rear elevation with step up to small Decked Terrace with wooden gallery rail and which, being enclosed on all sides, is not overlooked and represents something of a sun trap.

A further door from the Dining Room gives access to:

Day Room (4.7m x 3.2m approx.):
A later brick built extension to the first floor accommodation under a tiled roof. Wood panel ceiling. Wood panel effect vinyl floor covering. Enjoying a triple aspect. Large double glazed window to the rear elevation with views to the church. Single, obscure glazed window to the side elevation. 2 fixed pane wooden windows to the other side elevation. Feature chandelier light fitting. Space for small dining table. Wrought iron gallery rail surrounding wooden staircase with open treads descending to the Large Store Room to the rear of the ground floor accommodation.

OUTSIDE The outside space is limited to a small decked terrace to the rear of the property at first floor level. This is almost fully enclosed on all sides and is not overlooked, thereby offering owners a pleasant space in which to relax and to enjoy distant views of the church.

There is no parking provision given the position of the property - an annual permit for the public car park almost immediately to the rear currently costs £220.

Waste bins are stored on a neighbouring property by private arrangement.

LEGAL FEES Vendors and buyers are each to cover their own legal costs.  

RATES The commercial part of the property has a rateable value of £8,700. As such the business qualifies for 100% Small Business Rate Relief and no business rates are payable in 2017/18. The owners' private accommodation falls into Band B for council tax purposes (£131 per month for 10 months payable in 2017/18).
This information has been obtained either from the current rate demand for the property, or by telephone from the local authority. The amount payable is the standard rate for the Rateable Value shown. In some circumstances this may vary, and therefore it is recommended that. potential buyers make their own enquiries through the local authority to check whether the rateable value remains correct and whether the rates payable will be the figure quoted above

SERVICES We are advised that mains gas, 3-phase electricity, unmetered water and sewerage services are connected. 

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17 November 2017

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  • Rhoose (14.2 mi)
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To view this property or request more details, contact:

Desmond & Co, Plymouth

Moorland Avenue, Plympton, Plymouth, PL7 2DA

01752 966109 Local call rate

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