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An extensive property situated in 3.1 acres comprising the main public house, which has an incorporating converted barn to the side. The property has extensive car parking, outside trading spaces and paddocks, all situated in a stunning location, with beautiful views over the rolling Devon countryside towards Dartmoor National Park.
The property has been particularly well maintained, with a brand new roof on the main building in 2021 together with new Upvc double glazed windows and extensive development on the ‘back of house’ space. Whilst the public house business thrives, there is huge potential to develop the business further, particularly making full use of the extensive grounds with the addition of camping pitches, 'glamping', pods/chalets etc (subject to planning).
The Welcome Stranger is situated in a beautiful elevated position, on the old Liverton Road, situated between Bickington and Bovey Tracey. The property benefits from ease of access to Dartmoor National Park and the A38 corridor, otherwise known as the Devon Expressway. The Welcome Stranger attracts trade from a huge catchment area, covering the A38 corridor and including Torbay, Teignbridge, Dartmoor and the cities of Exeter and Plymouth.
The premises comprise: -
Main entrance foyer
With glazed French doors. Leading left to:-
Main bar & restaurant
Character 'L' shape room with focal timber bar servery and original wooden parquet flooring. Circa 40 covers in the main restaurant area, with feature double bay fronted windows. Furnished with upholstered timber captain’s chairs and timber tables. 2 cast iron wood burners in stone surround fireplaces to either end (1 operational). Interlinking with the:-
Locals bar area
With soft seating area and various memorabilia and prints adoring the walls. Wall mounted dart board and piano. BAR SERVERY with illuminated back bar fittings, suspended pendant lighting over the bar servery. several hand pump beer fonts, glass fronted bottle fridge, coffee machine and electronic cash register.
The barn restaurant
Stunning converted barn with high vaulted open ceiling, stripped oak flooring and full height glazing panels to main elevation. Seating circa 50 at a range of upholstered timber chairs and tables with the ability to re arrange for functions, weddings etc. Stand alone, feature cast iron wood burner, wall mounted air conditioning and glazed door to rear courtyard.
1 WC, 2 urinals, wash hand basin and tile walls and floor.
2 WC's, 1 wash hand basin, tiled walls and floor.
Fully equipped with commercial extraction, combi oven, selection of griddles, fryers, microwaves etc, non-slip flooring, Upvc clad walls and walk in storage cupboard to side. Through to:-
Wash up area
With commercial dish washer, racking, non-slip flooring, which leads through to:-
With 2 x double door commercial fridges and 2 x upright freezers.
Walk in refrigerator, dry storage shed, commercial storage shed, boiler room, further storage above the beer cellar and area between two buildings for storage leading to:-
Ground floor beer cellar
Temperature controlled with bottle fridges.
Accessed internally although also benefitting from separate outside access via footbridge to garden. A very well presented four bedroom owners flat, situated on the first and second floors. Alternatively, this flat could be offered as a holiday flat/ Air B&B if new owners wanted to reside in the static caravan or alternative accommodation.
First floor roof terrace
With sunny aspect and accessed from garden.
With en-suite shower, WC and wash hand basin.
With bay window and panoramic views over Dartmoor. En-suite shower, wash hand basin and WC.
Double reception room
With bay window and panoramic views.
2 X Double bedroom
One with en-suite shower, bath, wash hand basin and WC.
Further attic storage space.
Outside trading courtyard accessed from the Barn restaurant and beautifully landscaped, with exposed stone walls, part paved, part gravelled flooring with seating at a range of outside pub benches, timber outside furniture and rattan outside furniture. Steps up to:-
Main beer garden
Large lawned beer garden with seating at a number of timber pub benches, with children's play equipment, fabulous elevated views over towards Dartmoor.
2 X Private gardens
With chicken shed and access to private flat and private parking to the side of the Welcome Stranger for owner’s cars.
Main car park
Accessed through the main entrance with secondary overflow car park to top tier.
Front of welcome stanger
Further seating to the front of the Barn Restaurant on hard standing at 3 timber pub benches.
Situated to the far side, housing 2 bed static caravan, currently unoccupied but habitable with its own services.
1 X Paddock
Situated over the main road, leading down to the A38 Expressway, currently let on an informal basis to a local farmer.
2017 List: £47,800. Please note this is not Rates Payable. Interested parties are advised to make their own enquiries with the Local Billing Authority.
The Welcome Stranger is a very well established country pub, situated in a fantastic area of South Devon, which is accessible to a huge catchment area. The Inn has a fabulous reputation and a very good following from both locals and regulars, together with the huge amount of tourists who visit the area year round, but particularly during the warmer summer months. The surrounding area boasts many campsites, holiday parks and holiday cottages and the Welcome Stranger has become a regular haunt for many people holidaying in the area.
The business is run at arm’s length by a husband-and-wife team with a management structure below, including four full times members of staff and a compliment of part time and casual helpers. The business trades traditional hours opening lunch times and evening during the week and all day at the weekends. The Welcome Stranger is closed on Mondays.
The Welcome Stranger has a strong reputation for its fantastic, wholesome food, with all dishes being prepared freshly where possible with locally sourced ingredients. The Welcome Stranger prides itself on being a friendly traditional pub serving food and well kept real ales and being accessible to all including dog lovers, families with children, cyclists and walkers.
The pub benefits from its extensive outside areas, which customers love to experience in the warmer months of the year. The pub sits in a generous 3.1 acre plot, although the owners have purposely not developed the wider site but there is undoubtedly huge potential to introduce a more diverse business model at the Welcome Stranger. The location would be ideal to add further accommodation options with the introduction of camping pitches, glamping units, chalets, pods etc. There is currently a mobile home on site, which is unused but offers a new owner flexible accommodation, or perhaps options for a multi generational family business.
Our clients have decided to retire having been at the Welcome Stranger for 8 years and the property has been priced to sell. Pre pandemic turnover for year end 2019 was £527,884 ex VAT, with a very strong net profit. Trading has been incredibly strong again during the summer of 2021 and the business certainly looks to have recovered to its previous levels, and indeed forecasted to grow further.
Further trading information will be provided to bona fide interested parties following a formal viewing arranged through the sole selling agents, Bettesworths.
We have been informed that the property is connected to mains water, sewerage and electric with cooking from LPG and oil fired central heating. We have also been informed that the static caravan is connected to mains water and electricity with a private sewage system.
To include furnishings and equipment as per an inventory to be supplied, but excluding the owner’s 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.
Council tax band B
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