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Paws by the Lake, The Old Toll House, Waterhead, Ambleside, LA22 0EZ

Sold by Us £40,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Balance of 5 Year lease with a rent of 12,000 per annum
  • 72 square metres of retail space plus 43.5 square metres of storage
  • Wonderful main road double fronted location
  • Superb setting close to the passenger ferry jetty on lake Windermere

Full description

Tenure: Leasehold

Location Situated in the heart of the Lake District and occupying an enviable position, the property is located on the shore of Lake Windermere, a tourist haven. From the south, head north on the A591 and the property can be found adjacent to the first set of traffic lights at Waterhead. Once through the traffic lights bear immediately left and free public car parking can be found directly in front of the shop.

From our Ambleside office head south on the A591 heading towards Windermere, Paws on the Lake is found on the right hand side immediately after the traffic lights at Waterhead. 

Description The current owners have lovingly built up this excellent business both online and from the superbly placed premises offering a superb opportunity for a new owner to take the business on to a new level.

The premises are superbly arranged over three storeys yet each level has ground floor access. There is plenty of space in which to expand, whether that be to open new lines, increase stock storage (a very important part of any online business), or to perhaps branch out into new areas such as dog grooming for example. The split level ground floor offers approximately 72.3 square metres of retail space, with a further 43.5 square metres below for storage or for further expansion.

Paws by the Lake could hardly be better placed. Prominent on the main road adjoining the traffic lights at Waterhead at the very northern tip of Lake Windermere and just a mile from the centre of Ambleside the location is blessed by having that rare commodity of free public car parking on hand as well as a regular stream of ready made customers alighting from the highly popular passenger ferry terminal which is just a matter of yards away. This brings thousands of visitors to this beautiful part of the Lake District National Park all year round. This is capitalised on by the present owners by selling ice creams within the premises in addition to the pet related products.

The business is offered fully formed with its own website ( and its own Facebook account with over 3,700 followers already.

A wonderful lifestyle opportunity, particularly for those sharing the current owners love of pets and dogs in particular, but with many varied options available (subject to any necessary consents).

The full lease details are available from our Ambleside office and viewing is highly recommended. 

Accomodation (with approximate dimensions)  

Retail Area 1 22' 11" x 14' 5" (6.99m x 4.39m MAX) A spacious double fronted area with superb lake views and having plenty of display space and a corner sink. A short flight of stairs leads to 

Retail Area 2 27' 2" x 15' 1" (8.28m x 4.6m MIN) Again with plenty of display space and having a door to outside (currently not in use), and two large bay windows onto the main road into Ambleside from the south at ground level. 


Kitchen With wall and base units with complimentary working surfaces incorporating a stainless steel single drainer sink unit with mixer tap. There is a Sector water heater and a door to outside. 

W.C. With a wash hand basin and W.C. 

Lower Ground Floor  

Store Room 15' 0" x 14' 1" (4.57m x 4.29m MIN) With plenty of storage space and having a built in cupboard. This area could be developed to provide further retail space or additional lines such as dog grooming for example. 

Hallway With a door to outside. 

W.C With base units incorporating a stainless steel single drainer sink unit, a water heater and a W.C.
This room is not currently useable for its purpose as the water is disconnected. 

Undercroft Store 9' 10" x 7' 3" (3m x 2.21m MIN) With power and light and having a door to outside. 

Outside There is an area for displaying items and 1 private car parking space. 

Services Mains electricity and water are connected 

Business Rates The property has a rateable value of £16,000. With the amount payable for 2016/17 being £7,744.
Revaluation in 2017 - The Valuation Office (VOA) have indicated that no rates will be payable following the revaluation. 

Tenure The lease is for a term of 5 years and expires in March 2020 The current rent is £12,000pa  

Viewings Strictly by appointment only with Hackney & Leigh, Rydal Road, Ambleside, Telephone 015394 32800. 

Energy Performance Certificate The full Energy Performance Certificate is available on our website and also at any of our offices.  

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