Ever fancied giving up your day job to run a B&B or guest house? Jayne Howarth has found some gems for sale across the Midlands that just might inspire you...
Have you ever been on holiday in a small and friendly guest house or hotel and thought, “I’d love to do this?”
According to the B&B Association, there are about 25,000 bed and breakfast businesses in the UK – with independents making up one-fifth of the entire serviced accommodation sector.
Collectively, these hospitality experts are worth £2billion to the UK economy. That’s a lot of bacon and sausages being grilled for guests.
If you fancy getting out of the rat race and setting up your own B&B, guest house or holiday let, how about packing your bags and taking on one these lovely places, which are already established businesses?
You could feel as if you are on holiday 24/7, 52 weeks of the year.
The Old Bakery, Kenilworth, Warks
Charm personified, this delightful Elizabethan-fronted Grade II-listed hotel lies in the old town area of Kenilworth.
It has 14 immaculate rooms, all well appointed and beautifully decorated, and a bar with original beams.
It comes with seven parking spaces and owners can live on site in the private, two-bedroom quarters.
The Old Bakery has a guide price of £1,350,000.
For more details, contact agent Fleurets on 0121 236 5252 or go to www.fleurets.com
Tudor Court Hotel, Solihull
Could you pick up the baton of this 10-bedroom hotel, which has been running in Solihull for more than 75 years?
Updated and upgraded, it comprises a main building and detached former coach house that has also been converted into guest accommodation.
The first floor has a single room, two doubles and a room with four-poster bed, while the second floor houses a double and triple room. In the Coach House, there are two double rooms, a triple room and a suite, plus a lounge.
Its cosy lounge bar and elegant residents’ dining room, which seat 36 diners, are used regularly for weddings and other corporate events, and there are lovely grounds in which guests can enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail or glass of wine.
The Tudor Court Hotel has a guide price of £895,000.
For more details, contact agent Fine and Country on 024 7650 0015 or go to www.fineandcountry.com
The Old Plough, Longdon, Tewkesbury, Gloucs
Close to Malvern and just a short drive to Tewkesbury and Cheltenham, this characterful property includes a main house, plus the old Post Office, which has its own front entrance and a self-contained apartment with open-plan lounge and kitchen, bedroom and shower room, plus double bedroom with en-suite shower room and large living room with a free-standing log burner.
In the main house, there are four double en-suite rooms, plus a snooker room, dining room and bar.
There is plenty of outdoor space for guests to enjoy, too, including a pretty landscaped terrace and deck.
The Old Plough has a guide price of £695,000.
For more details, contact agent Allan Morris on 01684 891348 or go to www.allen-morris.co.uk
Highgrove Barns, Long Lane, Craven Arms, Shropshire
Want to escape to the country? Buy Highgrove Barns in rural Shropshire and you’ll get a five-bedroom property for yourself plus two self-catering holiday cottages, which are in an immaculate condition, beautifully decorated and have attracted five-star ratings on TripAdvisor.
If you don’t need all five bedrooms in the home, you could use the rooms as B&B accommodation, and if you have ambitions to grow, there is potential to build more properties – the current owners have discussed with the local council about building two further self-catering homes.
Highgrove Barns has a guide price of £749,995.
For more details, contact Meridian Business Services on 01204 521417 or go to www.meridianbusinesssales.co.uk
Dog and Partridge, Alcester, Warks (Renovation project)
If you are a dab hand at DIY and have the vision to create your very own boutique-style hotel, then this could be for you...
Although it is now run as a public house, someone with creative flair could soon transform this into a lovely guest house.
Grade II-listed, this 19th century double-fronted property is being sold as a going concern and provides 5,068 sq ft of space, comprising a self-contained, one-bedroom owners’ flat, plus eight further bedrooms.
There is also a four-bedroom house, which has a separate entrance and frontage to Bleachfield Street, in need of refurbishment.
The Dog and Partridge has a guide price of £695,000.
For more details, contact agent Peter Clarke on 01789 415444 or go to www.peterclarke.co.uk