9 bedroom guest house for sale

Fern Howe, Braithwaite, Keswick, CA12 5SZ

Guide Price £799,500

Property Description

Commercial information

  • Business for sale
  • Use class orders: C1 Hotels

Full description

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 with its spacious ground floor accommodation, it is ideal for its present use as a thriving photographic holiday business but would also be suitable for a number of alternative accommodation if desired. Indeed, potential exists for a cycling centre, as the Fern Howe Estate is located on the Coast to Coast cycle path and just below the Whinlatter Mountain Bike Centre.

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 give Lakeland Photographic Holidays such a superb base and making it a mecca for not only landscape photographers but for photography over a wider base in such idyllic surroundings.

Lakeland Photographic Holidays is the leading residential photographic workshop centre in the UK and has been in existence since 1985. Acquired by the present owners in 1999, during their ownership not only have they transformed the business from being film-based to a fully integrated digital environment, they have also significantly upgraded Fern Howe as well as adding the extension in 2008. The present owners run the business on a February-November basis, achieving occupancy of around 95% with 50%+ return and recommended business with significant levels of booking well ahead of those usually anticipated in the tourist industry. Having enjoyed their years at Braithwaite, the owners are now looking to retire and pass on Fern Howe and Lakeland Photographic Holidays to a new owner.

THE PROPERTY

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

PUBLIC AREAS

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.

LETTING BEDROOMS

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.

OWNERS' ACCOMMODATION

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

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.

SERVICE AREAS

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.

OUTSIDE

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

SERVICES

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.

LICENCE

Premises Licence

WEBSITE

www.lakelandphotohols.com

TRADE

Certified accounts from the owners' Chartered Accountants in the form of a Trading and Profit and Loss Account show (net of VAT) turnover of 139,225 for the year ended 31 March 2015 on which there were trading profits (before finance costs and depreciation) of 36,747.

PRICE

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.

FINANCE

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.

TO VIEW

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

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)

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  • Aspatria (12.0 mi)
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1 Marsden Street, Manchester, M2 1HW

0161 468 0046 Local call rate

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Nearest station

  • Aspatria (12.0 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

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

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