Tea Rooms with approximately 36 covers
Guest House/Bed & Breakfast
Fully equipped kitchen
Rear Reception Hall/Guest Reception Room
Owners Sitting/Dining Room and Cloakroom
4 Principal Bedrooms all with En Suite Facilities (currently 3 being used as letting bedrooms)
Extensive Tea Gardens/Terrace with approximately 30 covers
Outside cloakroom and store/freezer room
Off road parking
Extensive and beautiful secluded gardens
To be sold as a going concern
A substantial and picture-postcard end of terrace period stone, thatched and slate house comprising a tea rooms and bed & breakfast business plus owners accommodation. It is understood to date back to circa 1680 and is Listed Grade II of Architectural or Historic Importance. The property was formerly 2 cottages and the village shop/post office. Oil-fired central heating is installed and the property was re-thatched about 12 years and re-ridged about 6 years ago. The accommodation is very well presented, extensive and versatile being arranged over 3 floors enjoying a host of character features typical of its period and type including exposed stone, exposed beams, flagstone floors, window seats, exposed floor boards and an inglenook fireplace.
The property also enjoys large and beautiful landscaped gardens, together with off road parking facilities.
The property is held freehold (which is very rare in Abbotsbury as the majority are leasehold), although the driveway parking area is held on a leasehold basis with a rent payable.
It has been long established as a tea rooms since 1996. A very successful tea rooms and bed & breakfast business is being operated generating a high revenue which is split approximately 50/50. The owners choose to keep it under the VAT threshold and only trade between March October (ie around 32 weeks per annum). There is excellent potential to increase the revenue with longer opening hours and season and also for evening restaurant use.
It has been awarded 5* under TripAdvisor and Environmental Health. It is also the number one tearooms in Abbotsbury under TripAdvisor and the B & B scores 9.2 under Bookings.com.
The property will be sold as going concern, fully equipped and with the benefit of forward bookings.
This is a retirement sale with no forward chain.
This is a great business to be run as a full time all year round business or as a lifestyle or family operation. New owners may choose just to run the tea rooms and utilise the letting bedrooms for their own use.
A Dorset gate leads onto a parking area.
Extensive tea gardens/terrace plus outside cloakroom and store/freezer room.
The lovely gardens are a great credit to the clients who are very keen gardeners. They are very well stocked comprising large expanses of lawn, together with a pond with bridge, palm trees and Mediterranean garden plus at the far end a Greenhouse and Shed.
The property occupies a very high profile corner position in the heart of the village and on the very popular Weymouth Bridport B3157 Jurassic Coast Road Drive, one of the most striking coastal roads in Britain and served by the famous X53 Jurassic Coast bus.
The historic village of Abbotsbury lies on the stunning World Heritage Jurassic Coast. It is a charming village in a secluded valley sheltered by Ridgeway Hills and the landscape of Thomas Hardy (several films of his books have included Abbotsbury, the most recent being the production of Far From the Madding Crowd ). It is a destination village for holiday makers, walkers and locals within a wide tourist catchment area. The excellent village amenities include a shop, post office, farm shop, a range of interesting independent shops and galleries, 2 public houses and self-catering accommodation.
There are lots of places to visit in and around the village including the landmark of St Catherine s Chapel, Chesil Beach, Abbotsbury Swannery, the Sub-tropical Gardens and the Old Abbey Tithe Barn. Walking opportunities include the Jurassic Coast Path and The Hardy Way. The view of Chesil Beach from Abbotsbury along the coast to Portland Bill is considered as one of the top ten in England.
The village is extremely well placed for the many excellent holiday attractions within West Dorset. The thriving historic market town of Bridport, Dorchester the County town of Dorset and the popular coastal resorts of West Bay, Lyme Regis and Weymouth are all within 15 20 minutes driving distance.