Pub for sale

Glasshouse Inn & Lodges, May Hill, Longhope, Gloucestershire, GL17 0NN

Guide Price £995,000

Property Description

Commercial information

  • Business for sale

Key features

  • Country Inn with 15th century origins
  • 3 luxurious self-catering holiday lodges
  • Idyllic location with views of Malvern Hills
  • Limited trading hours allows growth potential
  • Set in grounds of 1.5 acres
  • Superb owners accommodation plus staff flat. Energy Rating D

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Description

The Glasshouse has been a public house since 1891, having originally been a 15th-century glass workers cottage, with features from that period. The building has over the years been sympathetically extended and was once a butchers shop before being converted to a pub by Stroud brewery, after which it became a Whitbread tenancy and finally a free house around 1972.

We understand only two families have owned and operated the pub in over 100 years before the current owners purchased the pub in 1996. The pub during their ownership has changed dramatically having been extended in phases using reclaimed interiors to blend in with the old. It has been completely refurbished internally retaining the feel and character of a traditional pub. The owners' accommodation, in particular, is of a high standard.

The three-holiday lodges were built in the grounds in 2013 with sufficient space opposite to add another three more lodges.

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Location

The pub and adjacent lodges are set in peaceful tranquil picturesque surroundings on the slopes of May Hill, a well known National Trust landmark that affords views over the Malvern Hills and on a clear day across the Cotswolds and Black mountains.

It is an ideal place for those looking to relax and unwind in the lodges, enjoying the countryside yet not far from the historic market towns of Newent, Ross-on-Wye, Tewkesbury and Ledbury. Also on the doorstep is another visitor attraction, the renowned Bird of Prey centre.

Although situated in the countryside, the businesses are not far from an excellent road network that gives you access to the M5 and M50 motorways.

Internal Details

Main customer entrance with a section of wattle and daub panelling as you enter into the front bar area, table seating and an array of furniture which includes some settles plus bar stools and an open fireplace. In this area, you can seat about (20). Open plan to the middle section which dates back to the 15th century and has the inglenook fireplace with bread oven, former pantry and original cellar door.

There is bench seating, quarry tiled flooring and cask ale stills behind the bar servery. This is a popular drinking area that takes you back to a bygone era.

Opening into the extended bar and main dining area which has seating for c.24 covers, flagstone flooring and a central brick chimney with a wood burner opening on both sides into the conservatory dining room seating for 40. There are two sets of double French doors opening into the garden.

Staff Accomodation

Two self-contained flats are in a separate outbuilding. The manager's flat consists of a double bedroom with en suite shower, lounge and a kitchenette.

The other flat has a bedsitting room, kitchenette and shower room.

Adjacent is a small gymnasium which could be used for further accommodation.

Letting Accommodation

The three luxurious self-catering lodges are accessed via a separate private driveway and are not overlooked - with each lodge enjoying countryside views and their own garden and driveway. The lodges are fitted out to a high specification each having two bedrooms with master bedroom en suite, lounge and a fully fitted kitchen.

For further information on the lodges including tariff rates, please refer to their website

External Details

The site measures approximately 1.5 acres. The entrance to the pub is from a tarmac forecourt with some customer parking available with ample parking on-street or on common land directly opposite.

The attractive and well-maintained trade garden can seat about (60) persons and extends to the side and rear. There is a private garden incorporating an enclosed chicken run off the service yard which has plenty of space for staff and owners parking.

Outbuildings include a cold store, beer cellar, former stables used as an exercise room/gym. There are further garden buildings including greenhouses and storage sheds.

Owner's Accommodation

A spacious and well-appointed first-floor apartment consisting of:-

Landing area, large lounge with single and double patio doors onto the roof garden terrace with amazing views over the surrounding countryside, fitted kitchen/diner with door out to roof terrace, master bedroom with a full range of built-in wardrobes and a large en suite shower room, second bedroom with built-in wardrobes, large family bathroom.

The Opportunity

Although a well-established food destination pub for over 20 years, run by the same owners. The Glasshouse does offer plenty of growth in its current format as our clients openly discourage family trade with no children allowed under the age of 14. In addition, larger group bookings are frequently turned away. The business trades five and half days a week and often closes earlier than required to maintain their quality of life.

The grounds are sufficient to add further lodges which in turn will increase food and beverage sales plus the existing lodge bookings are handled by an agent who charges 20% commission and by taking the bookings direct further savings can be made.

Over the last few years, our vendors have not only restricted entry to children under 14 and larger parties, but also cut the opening hours to suit their lifestyle. They trade traditional hours, being closed between 3pm and 6.30pm, shutting at 3pm on Sundays and not re-opening until 12pm on Tuesday. Therefore the current trade levels are achieved of 40.5 hours a week. By trading more normal hours, throughout the day 7 days a week especially in the summer, sales could easily increase without much additional cost.

Trading Information

Accounts for 12 months to December 2019 show net sales of £357,853.

Trading Hours

Tuesday 6:30 - 11pm
Wednesday - Saturday 12 noon - 3pm / 6:30pm - 11pm
Sunday 12 noon - 3pm

The business trades on limited hours due to retiring owners

Business Rates

Rateable value of £32,500 effective from 1 April 2017.

Regulatory

Premises License.


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Nearest station

  • Gloucester (8.0 mi)
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0117 407 0138 Local call rate

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Nearest station

  • Gloucester (8.0 mi)
Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode

To view this property or request more details, contact:

Christie & Co , Bristol

Embassy House Queens Avenue, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1SB

0117 407 0138 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.

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