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7 bedroom guest house for sale

Rivendell Guest House, 23 Helvellyn Street, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4EN

Offers in Region of £495,000

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  • Business for sale
  • Use class orders: C1 Hotels

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Tenure: Freehold

Built around the turn of the 20th Century in classic Victorian style, Rivendell occupies an excellent trading position, only a short easy walk from the centre of Keswick. The property is well laid out, with seven letting bedroom, five of which are en-suite and two with shared facilities. Additionally, the owners benefit from newly refurbished and particularly spacious self-contained accommodation, extending to two bedrooms, making Rivendell particularly easy to manage.

The northern area of the Lake District National Park benefits from lovely spectacular scenery from the rugged volcanic fells to the delightful lakeside scenery. Keswick lies on the shores of Derwentwater - ''The Queen of The Lakes'' - and has a fascinating history from the founding of St Kentigan's Church, the 17th Century Market Charter, lead mining in the Newlands Valley to slate quarrying at the top of Honister Pass in Borrowdale. Indeed, Borrowdale has the reputation of being the most beautiful valley in England. Further afield lies the classic market town of Cockermouth - birthplace of William Wordsworth - while to the south of Keswick lies Grasmere - renowned for its ginger bread - and Windermere - England's longest lake. The Keswick area and the Lake District National Park in general benefits from a much extended season, offering not only a range of walks on high and low fells but also the renowned Theatre by The Lake with its newly built café and restaurant overlooking the lake, but also plays host to a wide variety of annual festivals including the three-week Keswick Convention.

The present owners acquired Rivendell in 2003 and during their ownership, they have significantly upgraded and refurbished this attractive guest house. They have replaced the kitchen entirely, upgraded the en-suites and decorated and replaced furniture and carpeting as well as only recently completely refurbishing the owners' accommodation to the highest of standards. They choose only to operate Rivendell on a seven-month basis and achieve the current level of turnover without the use of agencies so there is plenty of growth potential for a new owner if desired. The retirement sale of Rivendell therefore offers the opportunity to acquire a delightful and long established guest house providing an outstanding lifestyle.


Of brick construction and under a pitched slate roof, the accommodation is laid out on lower ground, ground and two upper floors.


Vestibule having partly glazed door with leaded light. Impressive Victorian hallway with period coving. Dining room to seat up to 15 having a feature bay window.


Seven letting bedrooms to sleep 14 (one double, two twin, two single and two family rooms). Five have en-suite shower rooms while the remaining single and family rooms share a bathroom and separate toilet. All letting bedrooms have central heating radiator, colour TV and tea and coffee making facilities.


The owners benefit from particularly spacious accommodation comprising sitting room with feature Adam-style fireplace with inset electric fire (this room can be used as guest sitting room if desired), dayroom/office with laminate flooring. Lower ground floor with hallway, shower room with modern three-piece suite including double shower and recessed lighting. Master bedroom with fitted wardrobes and second double bedroom, again with fitted wardrobes.


Excellent kitchen with a range of modern oak units and tiled floor. Feature lighting.


Forecourt garden. To the rear is an individual and enclosed yard with rear access. Utility/drying room with central heating boiler. Store/light storage.


Allerdale District Council at Workington (01900) 326333.
Mains water, drainage, electricity and gas. Gas-fired central heating.



Certified accounts from the owners' Chartered Accountants in the form of a Trading and Profit and Loss Account show trading profits (before finance costs, depreciation and fees and charges) of £36,760 for the year ended 31 March 2016 on (not VAT registered) turnover of £57,325.


Offers around £495,000 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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