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Hilton Smythe is delighted to introduce to the market this Country House holiday home, which offers an interesting market niche, beinG suitable for groups of upto 24 people. The property was first set up as a holiday home in 2006 by our clients. The owners are now looking to sell due to the desire to focus on other business interests.
We are advised that the holiday home generates a turnover of over £53,000 per annum. This is good but we believe this could be increased. With the property comes stables at the rear which would be perfect for conversion.
We understand the current owner has drawn up plans for a conversion to provide a further large Dining Hall/ function room together with an additional wing with bedrooms and living accommodation that would be disabled friendly and could be used independently of the main house. The disability market is poorly served in Nottinghamshire with no specific holiday homes, and the owner is unaware of any large holiday homes with specific disability provision. Subject to planning.
Currently a third floor remains unused, as does a basement with two rooms, adding further scope.
The business has a website ---.-----------.--.-- from which customers can book and check availablity of when they would like to stay. There is also information of the area and of the historical house itself. The home has a 95% occupancy rate which is fantastic. The property is a great ‘party house’, and currently primarily accommodates family groups and re-unions, markets that are on the increase. There is however much scope for increasing business during the mid-week period when occupancy rates are lower.
Currently a food delivery service is on offer providing homemade dishes for visitors to reheat at their convenience for an additional charge. However, in the past catering has been provided for full serviced 4-course evening meals as the highlight for groups staying together, this was extremely popular. There is also considerable scope for additional income from services such as full catering, hot tub hire, celebratory cakes and add-ons, activity booking and, indeed, activities such as pamper sessions and corporate teambuilding.
This is a brilliant opportunity for a buyer who lives or would be looking to live in the area.
Our client doesn’t live at the property but the new buyer could have a section of the property. We highly advise viewing the property to avoid disappointment.
Dunham House is located in Dunham on Trent, Nottinghamshire.
This large classical Georgian Grade II listed Country House of great historic significance, was built in 1721 as a ‘stipend’ to Southwell Minster, and was the administrative centre of the local parishes in the area until the 19th Century. It commands an impressive position in the centre of the village as would befit a house of such importance. The village was an important market town for around 400 years, standing on the main crossing of the River Trent towards Lincoln.
The village remains fundamentally undeveloped and consists of traditional red brick buildings many dating to the C17 and C18. The area is primarily residential although there are other businesses within the vicinity. There is a shop & cafe, village hall, antiques centre, post office and two pubs, one of which next door, a family friendly pub, is popular with locals and convenient for guests. There is a good local community.
The property is located on the main A57 route to Lincoln with easy access to the A1 trunk route and onto the national motorways. Lincoln is around a 15 minutes’ drive from the business, as is Newark and Retford. The East Coast mainline railway passes through Newark and Retford with a journey time to London of 90 minutes. Doncaster airport is 25 minutes away, with Stansted and East Midlands airports easily accessible. There is a bus stop a short walk away with regular routes to Retford, Tuxford and Lincoln.
In the village the river offers good fishing, the Trent Valley Riverside Walk passes the property and is beautiful for walking. Sundown Adventure land, a theme park with lots to do for children is in a nearby village.
Sherwood Forest is a short drive away with Robin Hoods Visitor Centre which is undergoing a significant redevelopment to increase tourism in the area. North Nottinghamshire is the home of the Pilgrim Fathers who founded modern day America, and the build up to the 400th Anniversary is expected to attract increased visitor numbers.
Clumber Park in the heart of the Dukeries, is the largest park in Europe and attracts significant footfall. The forest and park contain a wealth of activities including Go-Ape, Paint balling, Cycling, Archery, Tank Driving and Karts. There are 2 working windmills nearby, an award winning tea shop in a watermill, a miniature prison, art galleries and museums, the smallest church in the UK, and the largest lost Roman City.
The property is UK central and the easy access routes make it ideal for family gatherings and reunions of friends. It is also convenient for business travellers being within a short drive of numerous companies involved in the Power, Food Production, Distribution, Mining and Tourism industries.
The house has many original features, wrought iron door hinges, timber door locks, servants’ bells, picture rails, finger plates, door handles and evidence of a bread oven. It is believed to have some of the earliest brickwork in Nottinghamshire, and the exposed timber beams are immense.
Most of the rooms are large, the main reception rooms and bedrooms being 5m*5m with high airy ceilings and large windows.
Main Entrance Hall with original cornicing and quarry tiled floor.
Lounge 1: Original panelling with large ornate open fireplace, brass chandeliers, butler bell pull and lounge seating.
Lounge 2: Open fireplace, flat screen TV/DVD and lounge seating.
Dining Room: Grand Inglenook fireplace and site of original kitchen fires, now partly modernised. Picture/plate rail, servant’s bells, and numerous hanging hooks. An original quarry tiled floor now protected by a wood floor. Dining tables seating up to 24.
Bedroom 1: Family Room with 1 x double + bunk beds, open fireplace
Bedroom 2: Once the old pantry, contains twin beds.
Wet room with WC
Kitchen: Farmhouse style with hand built units, solid granite worktops, oil fired ‘aga’, butler sink, fitted appliances, electric cooker, fridge, small fridge, tv. Original butler bells, beamed ceiling.
Utility Room with: Washing machine, chest freezer, butler sink
Back staircase leads from kitchen to the first floor,
Main staircase from hall.
W/c on landing area
Bedroom 3: double with w/c & basin – access to:
Bedroom 4: Twin Room.
(Back staircase down to kitchen)
Master Bedroom – Family Room: double with additional sofa bed & cot, original feature fireplace and en suite shower room.
Brown Bedroom – Family room: double with additional sofa bed and en suite shower room
Sherwood Room: King size bed, basin
Blue Room: Double bed, basin
4 x rooms – 2 of which were original servant’s quarters
Access Drive: room for 6 cars (agreement with nearby pub for any additional parking needed)
Lawned area with mature shrubs and trees.
Games Room with: pool table, skittle alley, table football, variety of children’s toys.
Original Stables: Suitable for conversion to provide disabled accommodation or Dining hall/function room. (Current owner has drawn up plans for this area)
We are advised the business is Freehold.
To be advised.
The business is run and managed by the owner with the help of 1 part time member of staff.
The business reports a turnover of £53,000 per annum.
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