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9 bedroom guest house for sale

Fern Howe, Braithwaite, Keswick, CA12 5SZ

Guide Price £799,500

Property Description

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  • Business for sale
  • Use class orders: C1 Hotels

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Tenure: Freehold

Fern Howe is an imposing, detached property nestling in a lovely elevated shelf overlooking the Derwent Valley and across to Skiddaw. The original house remains at the centre of the building and was built in Victorian times, around 1897. An extension was added in 1990 to the right hand side of the building while in 2008 a further extension to the left hand side was built as well as the provision for improved parking facilities. Therefore, Fern Howe has not only excellent owners' accommodation and nine en suite letting bedrooms, but also spacious ground floor accommodation. Fern Howe is situated on the Coast to Coast cycle path and is just below Whinlatter Mountain Bike Centre which can provide Fern Howe with significant trade.

Braithwaite is a lovely Lake District village, standing between Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite Lake and in the past has had over 1,000 inhabitants. It was the first home of the Cumberland Pencil Company which was founded in 1868, but is now a predominantly a tourist village with a blend of hospitality-based businesses, holiday cottages and a large camp site. Its position just off the A66 trunk route and two miles from Keswick, make the area a magnet for tourists and walkers enjoying the superb fell walking and the multitude of excellent pathways, all of which help to fill the bedrooms of the hotels, inns and guest houses. Indeed, it is the wonderful countryside and magnificent views that make Fern Howe such a wonderful location.

Fern Howe was acquired by the present owners in 1999. During their ownership, they significantly upgraded Fern Howe as well as adding the extension in 2008. With its wonderful views and tranquil setting, Fern Howe is a wonderful place to live and work. Having enjoyed their many years at the property, the owners are now looking to retire from the trade.


Of rendered construction and under a pitched slate room, the accommodation is laid out on ground and first floors.


Entrance hall with cloaks/WC. Lounge with feature bay window and Honister slate fireplace with open fire. Dining room to seat 10 on a central table and with bay window. Lecture Room with bay window and slide door. Digital Room with workstations and broadband access.


9 letting bedrooms to sleep up to 15 (5 double, 1 twin and 3 single rooms).
All have en suite showers with one single bedroom having a wet room.
All letting bedrooms have central heating radiator, clock alarm and tea and coffee making facilities.


The owners have the benefit of spacious accommodation comprising of studio-style bedroom with lounge area and fitted wardrobes, family bathroom with separate shower, further single bedroom and addition studio-style room with en suite shower room.


Cadger Howe Wood is a 6 acre wood (unmeasured) located on the hill side above Braithwaite, within the Lake District National Park. It is private woodland owned by the Fern Howe estate and forms part of the Whinlatter Red Squirrel 5km protection zone.


Kitchen with a modern range of fitted units. Oil-fired Aga with two ovens and two hot plates. Fluorescent lighting and non-slip flooring. Utility room with fitted cupboards. Back room. Office. Store. Additional first floor storage.


Tarmac driveway to extensive car parking area. Patio and garden areas.


Allerdale Borough Council at Workington (01900) 326333.
Mains water, drainage and electricity. Mains gas is available but not connected. Oil-fired central heating which also fires the Aga cooker.


Premises Licence



Certified accounts from the owners' Chartered Accountants in the form of a Trading and Profit and Loss Account show (net of VAT) turnover of 120,803 for the year ended 31 March 2016 on which there were trading profits (before finance costs, depreciation and owners' salaries) of 44,642.


Offers around 799,500 are invited for the freehold property 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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