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The Exmoor Forest Inn is a substantial and handsome three storey detached property with double gables to the front elevation, overlooking the pretty trade garden and car park. The property sits in a generous plot nestling in the beautiful wooded Barle Valley, flanking a tributary of the River Barle. The property has been extensively refurbished and re-decorated over the period of our client’s ownership and is a particularly atmospheric and welcoming building, which exudes character and warmth. All the rooms are individually decorated and presented to a high standard, as are the main bars and trading areas. The separate holiday cottage, which was completely redeveloped in 2015 is beautifully presented throughout and a great addition to the business. The property has plenty of development potential, subject to planning, to the rear of the main building with a substantial barn and separate stone outhouse currently underutilised.
The Exmoor Forest Inn is situated in the heart of the beautiful Exmoor National Park in the hamlet of Simonsbath, an excellent central base from which to explore Exmoor and the North Devon and Somerset Coastlines. The property is perfectly positioned on the 'Two Moors Way' walking route linking Exmoor with Dartmoor and the area is extremely popular with walkers, cyclist, birdwatchers, horse riders and nature lovers. The Hotel makes a great base to explore the South West peninsular and is only a short drive from the world renowned Linton and Lymouth towns in North Devon and further round the coastline to the popular resorts of Woolacombe, Croyde and Saunton Sands. Simonbath is a half an hour drive to the principle North Devon town of Barnstaple, which is linked via the A631 to the M5 at Tiverton. Barnstaple has a mainline train station, as does the Somerset County Town of Taunton which lies approximately 30 miles to the East.
The accommodation comprises: -
Two entrances porches
character room with focal fireplace and cast iron wood burner, exposed painted ceiling beams and part painted panelling to dado height. Seating for circa 22 at rustic pine tables, with matching spinal back chairs, carpeted down to:-
main bar servery
with part panelled circulation space and central timber topped and painted panel bar servery, electronic touch screen cash register, tongue and grove painted bespoke back bar fittings, shelving and optics, two double bottle fridges, ice machine and glass washer.
character snug room with open stone fireplace and large rustic timber tables seating circa 10 with various item of 'tack' decorating the walls. Through to:-
tack room (for private use)
with large pine table for 10, upholstered bench to far end and door to outside.
large double reception room with two timber framed picture windows overlooking the beer garden. Seating for 18 plus 16 at timber tables and spindle back chairs. Carpeted.
situated to the left hand side of the main entrance with built in bookcase, flat screen tv, stone fireplace (not used), leather upholstered sofas, arm chair and coffee table.
Ladies & gents cloakrooms
Back of house
extensive ‘back of house’ area divided into:
Professionally equipped with main extraction, combi oven, 6 ring range, Salamander grill, double pizza oven, various work benches and refrigeration, 3 sinks, 2 commercial microwaves and bain marie, amongst other equipment. Rear corridor with door to outside and swing door to kitchen.
Separate freezer room
with door to outside.
Wash up area
with commercial dishwasher, non-slip flooring, coffee prep area with coffee machine.
with shelving and separate walk in fridge and non-slip flooring.
with a number of commercial washing machines and dryers.
the letting rooms are situated over the first and second floors, all of which are en-suite and individually decorated with tvs, tea and coffee making facilities, complimentary toiletries with hairdryer along with bathrobes and slippers.
These beautifully presented rooms are arranged as followed:-
1 double en-suite
2 double en-suite
with bath, shower and built wardrobe.
3 double/twin room en-suite
with bath, shower and built in wardrobe.
4 double en-suite
5 double en-suite
6 double en-suite
Separate bathroom with bath and shower over, WC and wash hand basin.
with commercial iron.
7 double/twin en-suite
with shower, built in wardrobes
8 family en-suite
with double/twin and single and en-suite shower.
9 double/twin en-suite
10 double/twin en-suite
with bath and shower attachment.
11 double en-suite
with bath. (currently privately occupied).
12 double room
(Spare room for private use).
first floor private flat
Situated off the rear staircase with landing and built in cupboard. Comprising;
with domestic units and appliances.
With bath, walk in double shower, WC and wash hand basin.
a delightful self-contained, detached holiday cottage presented to a very high standard. Arranged as follows:-
with built in utility cupboard and plumbing for washing machine.
Main living room/ kitchen/diner
under vaulted ceiling with domestic kitchen units, separate dining area and living room with double patio doors to outside.
2 x double bedrooms
modern family bathroom with bath, shower, wc and wash hand basin.
Laid to lawn and surrounded by picket fence with 8 pub benches and separate large rustic pub bench, seating circa 36 plus 12.
Main car park
to front of property.
Rear of property
back driveway leading down to rear of building.
Overflow car park
currently used for storage (this building would lend itself to conversion for a number of different uses, subject to the necessary planning consents).
Leading to side beer garden overlooking the tributary.
Stone outhouse & woodchip renewable heat plant
2 bed static caravan with services (36 X 12FT)
housing 2 x propane gas tanks.
Please note this is note rates payable. For more information we advise you contact the local billing authority, west somerset council.
The Exmoor Forest Inn is a well established and well known hostelry popular with visitors and tourists from all over the world. The property exudes character and warmth and is a welcoming place to stop for lunch, dinner or to stay after a days activities exploring the beautiful surrounds of Exmoor National Park.
The property is run by a husband and wife team with a compliment of full time and part time staff. Whist the business trades particularly strongly during the warmer months of the year, the Exmoor Forest Inn is also a popular winter destination with many customers choosing to take cosy winter breaks in the area.
The main thrust of the business is the en suite letting rooms which in turn creates knock on trade in the bar and restaurant below. The Exmoor Forest Inn prides itself on offering an appetising menu, focusing on local, fresh produce and home cooked dishes. The menu is complimented by a good wine list a wide selection of local real ales and other drinks.
As well as the popular letting rooms, the holiday cottage also generates a regular income, again popular throughout the year. The cottage is particularly well presented and repeat customer visits are strong. The cottage is often booked, together with rooms in the hotel to allow for bigger groups and families to have a more convenient base. Whilst the business is very successful, there is still plenty of potential to grow trade under new ownership with the possibility of physically developing the rear of the property.
Profit & Loss accounts will be provided to bone fida interested parties after a formal viewing arranged through the Sole Selling Agents, Bettesworths.
we have been informed that the property is connected to water. The property benefits from a recently installed private sewage treatment system. Cooking is from propane gas and the remainder of the buildings energy is supplied via a private wood chip renewable heat plant which was installed in 2012 by our clients under the renewable heating incentive (rhi). This is a self-fulfilling investment which now pays for itself.
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.
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