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Delightful Grade Ii Listed Sixteenth Century Thatched Inn For Sale

Plush, Dorset
Asking Price:
£775,000
Turnover:
Available on request
Net Profit:
Available on request

The delightful, whitewashed 16th Century thatched Inn is built largely of brick and flint, and was once 2 separate cottages and a village smithy, which was subsequently converted in to an Inn in the mid 1930’s. After a disastrous fire in 1979, it was virtually rebuilt losing none of its original charm. It still retains it status as a Grade II Listed Building. The trading areas with low beamed ceilings are beautifully furnished and decorated throughout with all the charm of a traditional inn without appearing dated. The en suite letting rooms are presented to a first class standard with a choice of individual character rooms above the trading areas or the spacious, recently converted rooms in the former skittle alley. The pretty trade garden, which has recently been levelled to accommodate marques, beautifully frames the rear of the property and a path leads to the separately enclosed plot at the rear of the site. There is also a large car park to the side of the main building.

Property Information

Property:

Freehold

Location:

Set in the fold of hills surrounding the picturesque Piddle Valley, Plush is an unspoilt hamlet perfectly situated amongst the Dorset Downs. It is approx 2 miles north of Piddletrenthide, sign posted off the B3143, about 9 miles from Dorchester and east of the famous Cerne Abbas. Plush is believed to have been Thomas Hardy’s model for Flintcomb-Ash in Tess of the d’Urbevilles. The pub is approx 142 miles from London, 44 from Salisbury, 35 from Bournemouth, 23 from Yeovil, 15 from Weymouth and 13 from Sherborne. The area has a wealth of historic properties, visitor attractions and is a particularly popular area with holidaymakers and walkers.

Premises Details:

The accommodation comprises:-

Main bar
spoacious trading area with low beamed ceiling and oozing with character. Focal inglenook seating area for 4 and centrally positioned main timber topped bar servery. Seating for approximately 40 at a selection of rustic timber tables and a mix of upholstered captain’s chairs and spindled backed chairs. Heavy tartan carpet. Red brick surround real fireplace to far end. The bar servery has a guest reception area, back bar fittings with shelf mounted spirit optics, 2 bottle fridges, 2 point of sale, electronic cash registers, glass washer, hand wash sink, racking for real ales. Steps down to:

Dining room
with seating for up to 40 covers continued in the same rustic style as the main bar with focal brick surround fireplace, part raised seating area, exposed beams and tartan carpet. This room is also used to serve breakfast.

Meeting room/private dining room
Recently completely refurbished with plenty of character, seating up to 14 at large oak table. This room is connected to WIFI and has a flat screen TV, ideal for business meetings. Window seat and exposed ceiling beams, tartan carpet.

Ladies & gents cloakrooms

commercial kitchen
Fully equipped with an impressive range of quality commercial kitchen appliances together with main extraction, non-slip flooring and UPVC clad walls

Utility/prep room
Situated to the side of the commercial kitchen with commercial dishwasher, double deep sink, tiled walls and non-slip flooring.

Laundry/utility room
with plumbing for washing machine and tumble dryer. Also housing various additional refrigeration appliences.

Ground floor beer cellar
temperature controlled.

First floor letting rooms
4 individually presented en-suite letting rooms, all with plenty of character, exposed ceiling beams and window seats. Each room benefits from a king size double bed, flat screen television with freeview, telephone and tea & coffee making facilities. Two rooms have showers and extra wide baths whilst the other two have Japanese style soaking tubs and showers above. All rooms are presented to the highest standard. NB. Planning has been granted for a further 2 letting rooms to be added at first floor level.

Annexe
a further 4 en-suite letting rooms housed in the former skittle alley, professionally converted approximately eight years ago to provide four superior spacious letting rooms. These rooms have been beautifully designed and decorated, also benefitting from zip and link beds, which can be used as either super-king size doubles or twin beds; flat screen televisions with freeview, telephones and tea & coffee making facilities. All rooms have ramp access together with tables and chairs on the patio outside.

Trade garden
A beautiful level garden, laid to lawn, situated to the rear of the main building with 7 x 8 seater circular pub benches. The garden is suitable to accommodate a large wedding marque and a wedding license for the Brace of Pheasants has recently ben secured providing an excellent additional revenue stream in the future. A smoking shelter with light and heat is situated to the side and a pretty vine covered pergoda on the entrance to the trade garden to the side of the Annexe. There is also a private area to the rear of the building with a decking area.

Plot
to the top end of the site, accessed through the trade garden or off the side lane is an enclosed plot with foundations for a separate property. Planning consent has been granted (and permanatly facilitated by the building of the foundatuions) for the erection of an owners house which could alternatively be adapted as further letting accommodation. This adds a significant angle to the future of the brace of pheasants and further details will be provided to bone fide interested parties.

Car park
With plenty of parking sitiated to the side of the inn.

General information

rateable value
2017 list £22,250. This is not rates payable. For information, we advise you to contact the local authority, dorset county council, tel 01305 221000.

Business
the brace of pheasants is a hugely successful business, currently run by a husband and wife team with a compliment of both full-time and part-time staff. The inn has won many accolades and awards over the years and was recently named dorset ‘dining pub of the year’ for 2017 and most recently named 'country pub of the year, 2018' in the good pub guide. The business has a well deserved reputation for tasty, locally sourced fresh food, complimented by a wide range of carefully selected wines and real ales.the traditional food and drink revenue is significantly boosted by the eight en-suite letting rooms which are popular all year round. The delightful rooms let at £119 per night on a bed and breakfast basis with a reduction for single occupancy. Pets are allowed in the annexe rooms.

Business continued
The Brace of Pheasants has recently secured a wedding license which will undoubtedly increase trade further. The trade garden has been levelled in order to accommodate a large wedding style marquee which will provide a perfect setting for a wedding. The owners choose to run the business to suit their family requirements and take six weeks off every summer holidays to travel with their children. This opportunity therefore provides more of a lifestyle business for someone wishing to relocate to this beautiful part of Dorset or alternatively allows a new owner to boost bottom line figures.

Further information
either way, the brace of pheasants is a particularly successful business with a very healthy turnover and exceptionally high gross and net profit. Trading figures will be provided to bona fide interested parties following a formal viewing of the property arranged with the sole selling agents bettesworths. The sale of the brace of pheasants, after 11 years of our client’s ownership, provides a unique opportunity to buy a stunning thatched country inn, which not only looks fantastic but also has a thriving business to match. An early viewing is recommended.

Services
we have been informed the premises are connected to all mains services.

Trade inventory
to include furnishings and equipment as per an inventory to be supplied, but excluding the owners personal effects

stock
Wet and Dry stock in trade and Bar Glassware will be taken over by the purchaser at valuation on the day of completion

EPC
Exempt (Grade II Listed)

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