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The Old Church House in is a beautiful Grade II* listed property, reputed to have been built in the early thirteenth century and would have been the original church house. An impressive two storey building with painted stone elevations under a slated roof, the property also benefits from a Coach House situated at the end of the car park and an attractive lawned garden used by customers.
Although not Inns in the modern sense of the word, medieval church houses were commonly the venues for parish feasts in which church ale was drunk. The proceeds went to parish funds. Many church houses later became Inns and are particularly common in Devon where more than 50 still exist. During the days of coaching, Torbryan was on the main Plymouth stage route and had extensive stabling. By 1938 the Church House had declined and was earmarked for demolition but was bought and restored by Mr Howell Paine. The Old Church House Inn has many interesting features including Oak panelling salvaged from a ship of the Armada fleet, carved oak beams, an ancient bread oven and a Mill Stone embedded in the floor. The original entrance is an arch door believed to have been bought back from the crusades which leads into the lounge with one of the oldest fireplaces and bread ovens on record in England. The bowling pins hanging on the main bar are from the Elizabethan era and perhaps similar to those used by Sir Francis Drake when he was playing bowls at Plymouth Ho whilst the Spanish Armada sailed up the channel. These skittles have clearly had many a game played on them, perhaps even by members of Henry VII’s and Henry VIII’s Royal retinue whilst the monarch stayed at Tor Newton House, just a mile away from the Inn- indentures from Henry VIII and Elizabeth are displayed in the bar. The Inn has featured as a film location including Ripping Yarns with Michael Palin.
Torbryan is located approximately 41/2 miles off the main A38 expressway at Newton Abbot and is midway between Dartmoor National Park and Torbay and halfway between Newton Abbot and Totnes in this beautiful part of South Devon. The A38 links with Junction 31 off the M5 motorway at Exeter, approximately 20 miles north of Torbryan. The nearest railway station is either Newton Abbot or Totnes, both 5 miles away, and Exeter is the nearest airport.
The accommodation comprises:-
a number of character interlinking trading areas, mainly carpeted with exposed flag stone flooring in parts, providing covers for over 100.
20 plus covers. An attractive self contained double room, accessed through glazed double doors. Exposed beams, part exposed stone walls, a number of timber tables with seating at leather backed chairs.
a beautiful room with exposed ceiling beams and white washed stone walls. Feature inglenook fireplace with cast iron wood burner and wet back, original bread oven reputed, to date back to the 8th century. This room is furnished with a number of easy sofas and elegant upholstered arm chairs.
dining area for 18 plus covers continued in the same style as above with exposed ceiling beams and exposed stone walls. Seating at a variety of timber chairs and tables continuing through to:-
with circa 18 covers, a stunning room with original oak beams and panelling reputed to have originated from the spanish armada. Focal bar servery which is timber topped and panelled. Inglenook fireplace with cast iron wood burner, seating at various benches and settles with separate upholstered chairs and spindle back chairs. This room houses the skittle pins as mentioned above.
further trading area with circa12 covers. Central fireplace with cast iron burner and wet back. Seating at a selection of timber settles, chairs and tables. Steps up to:-
old brewhouse and bakery
providing approximately 20 covers in this light and airy room, used for breakfast service, overflow dining and functions. Large picture window with exposed painted walls. Timber topped and fronted breakfast bar and seating at a number of tables and upholstered chairs.
with seating for circa 8 people at settles. Exposed beams and stone walls with attractive slate flooring.
two wc’s, 3 wash hand basins and vanity unit and carpeted.
4 urinals, 2 wc’s, 2 wash hand basins and non slip flooring.
at ground floor level and temperature controlled.
Walk in wine store
with high spec’ miele commercial washing machine, dryer and large rotary iron; worcester bosch boiler.
back of bar
slate flagstone flooring with domestic units and sink, filter coffee machine, glass washer, ice machine, 2 double door glass fronted upright bottle fridges, sound system. Through to back of bar servery equipped with touch screen cash register, back bar fittings and shelving and real ale pumps. Stairs to:-
newly refurbished with commercial grade flooring, range of fridges and freezers, marble dessert prep’ area, rationale commercial cooking centre, dishwasher and serving unit with heated cupboard. Large double doors to back service area fitted with made to measure fly chains.
Walk in dry store
further store for dry goods and boiler.
a total of 11 beautifully presented, individual letting rooms situated over the first and second floors of the building all of which are en-suite. All rooms have had a total refurbishment over the past 2 years including all the bathrooms. Every room has a flat screen freeview tv, tea & coffee making facilities together with ironing facilities and hair dryers. All rooms are also connect to ethernet enhanced wifi. The rooms briefly comprise:-
family room with king-size double and single with en-suite bath with shower.
double room with en-suite shower; this is an ‘inclusive’ room adapted for less mobile guests.
large double room with king-size bed and en-suite bath and shower.
large double room with king size bed, en-suite walk in shower and separate living room.
double room with king-size bed and en-suite bath.
double room with king-size bed and en-suite bath.
single room with en-suite walk in shower.
family room with 2 double beds, en-suite walk in shower.
double room with king size bed and en-suite walk in shower.
family room with double and single bed and en-suite bath/shower.
large double with king size bed and en-suite bath with shower.
large room with built-in cupboards and e-suite room currently plumbed with a sink and storage cupboards; currently used as a large housekeeping room.
with en-suite and built-in wardrobe, (unrefurbished), currently used as office space.
pub bench seating to the front of the inn.
pretty landscaped garden with bench seating and spectacular views back towards the pub and the church with rolling countryside behind. To the rear of the property is a patio area with stunning rural views, currently unused but could be utilised for cream teas, bbqs etc.
an attractive self- contained, detached property situated to the far end of the car park, recently completely refurbished and used as owner’s accommodation comprising:
utility room and wc
open plan liviing area
arranged as lounge and kitchen/diner with fitted domestic units.
2 x doublr bedrooms
with bath, shower, wc and wash hand basin.
To the rear of the building is a landscaped area with a private garden benefiting from views over the rolling countryside.
Private parking space
£26,250. Please note this is not rates payable. For information, we advise you to contact the local authority, teignbridge council.
the old church house inn is possibly one of the oldest inns in devon, bursting with character and warmth. The entire property has been extensively refurbished and modernised over the last 3 years, all done sympathetically, cleverly retaining all of the property’s charm and beautiful features. Business is also booming with excellent high margin accommodation revenue from the hotel rooms together with strong wet and food sales.
The business is currently owned and operated by a single proprietor with the help of a number of full time and part time staff. The church house inn trades throughout the year and is popular as a destination venue for eating and drinking
the hotel rooms are all beautifully appointed with individual style and character. The rooms rate very highly on all portals including (9 excellent) and tripadvisor (4.5/5). The tariff ranges from £90 to £140 per night on a bed & breakfast basis depending on size of room; occupancy rates are exceptional. The accommodation trade is a mix of leisure visitors from all over the world and business travellers- the inn is used as ‘first choice’ accommodation for a number of businesses and government agencies. The inn also has a growing reputation with the shooting market and attracts regular bookings for the whole hotel during the october-january shoot season.
Profit and loss accounts will be provide to bone fide interested parties following a formal viewing arranged through the sole selling agents bettesworths.
The sale of the old church house inn provides a rare opportunity to purchase a beautifully renovated south devon property, steeped in history with a thriving business and genuine potential to grow further.
For further information please contact matt bettesworth on.
the property has been extensively improved and renovated over recent years including; new carpets throughout both buildings, new furniture, redecoration and new bathrooms in all letting rooms, a completely reequipped commercial catering kitchen and newly laid altro flooring, all bedroom ceilings soundproofed, heating and electrical systems overhauled, new eviivo suite booking system, high performance ethernet wifi, exterior redecorated and repointed with chimney stack rebuilt. New bespoke signage and flat roof area to the rear. This list is not exhaustive but demonstrates the considerable investment made in the property.
we have been informed that the property is connected to mains water, electricity and drainage. Cooking from bottled lpg with oil fired central heating from 2 boiler systems.
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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