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Historic Dorset Freehouse With Separate Accommodation Units For Sale

Sherborne, Dorset, UK
Asking Price:
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Net Profit:
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An attractive Grade II Listed limestone built thatched property fronting the High Street, with origins believed to date back to the late 16th/early 17th century. The property stretches back behind with a pretty enclosed trading courtyard, separate private courtyard and skittle alley behind. The pub has a spacious three bed flat above with a separate one bed holiday let flat to the side of the skittle alley. Behind the courtyard is a purpose built three unit accommodation block, each with two bedrooms and a car park behind.

Property Information




Yetminster is a picturesque village, situated 4 miles southwest of Sherborne and 6 miles southeast of Yeovil. Situated on the River Wriggle, a tributary of the River Yeo, the village is built almost entirely of honey coloured limestone, with many of the houses in the village dating back to the 17th century. Yetminster has its own railway station, as well as a local store, Post Office and butchers. The pub also featured in the 2009 film, Tamara Drewe.

Yetminster Fair is held on the second Saturday of each July and claims to be one of the oldest in Dorset. The village has a huge catchment area, with not only the major centres of Yeovil and Sherborne within a short drive, but many other villages and hamlets throughout this beautiful area. The village is also expanding, with the addition of 85 new homes being developed by Burrington Estates.

Yetminster is an ideal location to enjoy some of England's finest gardens and properties including Tintinhall, Montacute House and Lytes Cary Manor, as well as some beautiful country parks, including Ham Hill, Ninesprings and the famous Cerne Abbas Giant, 12 miles south of Sherborne. Other visitor attractions in the area include the Fleet Air Arm Museum, Haynes Motor Museum and Longleat Safari Park.

Premises Details:

The accommodation briefly comprises:

Entrance porch
Leading to:

Large open plan trading area
Full of character with exposed ceiling beams, timber topped and fronted centrally positioned bar servery and large inglenook fireplace to the far end. The room is traditionally decorated and presented with a mix of rustic pub furniture. Part carpeted, part oak flooring. Through to:

Private dining area
Light and airy private dining area for circa 8-10, with double French doors out to PATIO TRADING AREA.

Ladies & gents cloakrooms

Commercial kitchen
Fully equipped with commercial extraction, Upvc cladding, non-slip flooring, double sink and drainer.

Ground floor temperature control beer cellar

Storage room
Housing fridges and freezer with double doors to outside.

Owners accommodation
Situated above the pub comprising:

Double bedroom with en-suite
Off the half landing leading to:

Family bathroom

With walk in cupboard.

Separate WC


Further walk-through office

Double bedroom
With wash hand basin and shower unit.

Living room

Double bedroom

With domestic units.

Pretty paved Trading courtyard to the rear of the pub, with a selection of outside timber furniture and pub benches. Pergola shelter with light and heat. The area is attractively landscaped with a selection of potted plants.
Outside disabled toilet and two outside unisex toilets

Enclosed trading patio
To the rear of the private dining area. Including outside shelter.

Skittle alley
Situated to the rear of the outside courtyard with skittle run and furniture, walk in store cupboard situated to the rear.

Brew house apartment

Double room
With walk in wardrobe and built-in cupboards.

Shower room
With shower, WC and wash hand basin.

First floor kitchen/diner

Situated to the rear of the premises and completely renovated and restored in 1999. New intruder alarm fitted 2021. A self-contained two storey stone-built property divided into three self-contained units, each with their own terrace or garden. Each unit comprises:

Ground floor open plan living space with kitchen

Open stairway
Up to:

2 Bedrooms

Family bathroom

Each of these units are currently let although vacant possession will be granted on completion. It should be noted that there is a restricted planning use for these three dwelling to employees of the pub or family members of the owners. However, there is potential for this restriction to be lifted, subject to further planning investigation and submission.

Car park

To the front of the pub is an area with alfresco eating and drinking at circular pub benches.

General information

The business
The White Hart at Yetminster is a popular village Freehouse, which benefits from its idyllic setting in this delightful village, easily accessible from the major centres of Yeovil and Sherborne and the many villages that surround this area.

The pub has recently been tenanted and is now available to buy freehold. The White Hart has been run as a traditional village pub with a cosy and welcoming atmosphere and has always been at the heart of the community, offering a wide range of ales, lagers and ciders and good 'pub fayre' to compliment. There is undoubtedly huge potential for a new owner to stamp their own mark on the property and untap further potential, particularly with regards to the letting accommodation.

The property has an unusual set up for a public house, given that it has five lots of living accommodation, with the additional potential of converting the skittle alley to three or four en-suite letting rooms, subject to planning. The property therefore makes an ideal home and income opportunity for any new owner, particularly those who do not want to rely solely on the pub for revenue. This flexibility allows for an alternative lifestyle with either less pressure to operate the pub on a full time basis or otherwise gives huge potential to anyone wishing to maximise the letting angle of the property and make further enhancements to the pub business.

Rateable value
2017 List: £8,000. Please note this is not Rates Payable. 100% Small Business Rates Relief will be available for eligible parties. Interested parties are advised to contact the Local Billing Authority.

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

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

EPC Awaited

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