Established & profitable holiday letting business set in the hamlet of Heywood within walking distance of the village facilities. Sleeping up to 18 guests in 8 bedrooms plus a dining area to seat 18, the business specialises in large groups, anniversaries & corporate events.
LOCATION Located in the hamlet of Heywood with farm shop, village hall and equestrian centre with the Royal Oak public house (0.5 miles away) known within the area for good food.
The town of Westbury is 2 miles away with a full range of facilities and amenities including shops, supermarkets, restaurants, a dentist, doctors’ surgery and leisure centre with an indoor pool complex. Westbury has a railway station with direct services to Bath Spa, London Waterloo and London Paddington. The local primary school is North Bradley which is 1.75 miles away plus the secondary school of Matravers in Westbury which is 2.5 miles away. In addition, there is the Warminster Independent School (6 miles away) and Dauntsey’s Private School in West Lavington (10.25 miles).
Trowbridge is 3.5 miles away with a community hospital and minor injuries unit, cinemas, recycling centre and a full range of shops. Frome 10 miles away has a cinema and a concert venue along with art galleries and a range of artisan shops and cafes.
The spa city of Bath is 15 miles away and is a major all-year-round tourist attraction with its Roman Spa, Royal Crescent and Georgian history. Bath is a destination city for guests and is very popular with hen parties. The city has a full range of bars, pubs and restaurants along with its famous Theatre Royal.
Further afield is Salisbury with its Cathedral, Stourhead Gardens (National Trust) and Longleat House & Safari Park which are all popular with guests. Local tourist attractions in the area include Lacock Abbey (National Trust), Bowood House & Gardens along with Stonehenge and Avebury stone circle. There are numerous golf courses in the area.
THE BUSINESS The Wilderness is an established and profitable business which has been running for over 20 years. It has been in the same ownership since 1998 and have a repeat business of 30%. The property specialises in large groups for holidays, family anniversaries, special birthdays, corporate events and hen parties.
The property is rated by VisitEngland as 4* with a Gold Award, has a TripAdvisor award for excellence (5*) and is an Airbnb Super Host. The business advertises with Group Accommodation, Country Cottages, Independent Cottages, Trip Advisor, Airbnb, Big-Cottages and Hen Party Venues. The business website: uk-holiday-cottages.org currently has very good search engine optimisation being highly ranked and appears on page one of results for many popular searches.
The Wilderness also caters for corporate clients which makes up approximately 20% of their business The linen is currently outsourced along with catering, beauty therapies and minibus services to their guests.
The property now has fibre-optic broadband providing fast connection speeds for home-working
Bookings taken for the year end May 2020 valued at £103,918, this after a poor start to the year due to Brexit. Actual funds received for the year were only £73,506 due to the Covid-19 outbreak and subsequent cancellations. Heywood Holidays LLP runs the holiday letting cottage which had a gross turnover of £92,778 in 2019 and in the previous year of 2018 had a gross turnover of £116,055. Further trading information can be provided to bona fide purchasers.
PROPERTY 17th Century detached property of rendered elevations with a clay tiled roof plus a large, private garden to the rear including a log-red Finnish Sauna house.
Potential to convert one end of the property into a self-contained twostorey, 2 or 3 bedroomed self-contained annexe as owners’ accommodation or for a dependant relative. This part of the house has a separate entrance along with a separate heating and power supply The property is set back from the road with a gravelled driveway and detached double garage with power.
In front of the house is a gravelled parking area for 4 vehicles plus additional parking by the garage. To the side of the main entrance is a separate door to the owners’ office/storeroom.
Sitting room with original 17th Century oakbeamed ceiling and inglenook fireplace with heavy beam over housing an open fire.
TV lounge with oak-beamed ceiling, inglenook fireplace with heavy wooden lintel over and stairs leading to first floor accommodation. Double doors leading into the dining room with seating for 18 guests plus has French doors leading out into the garden.
Cloakroom, utility room and oak kitchen with slate flooring and brick open fire housing range cooker plus an additional electric cooker. Plumbing for dishwasher and beamed ceiling. First floor in this area has 4 bedrooms (one en-suite) and a bathroom.
From kitchen, door to further lounge area, 2 downstairs bedrooms, shower room and separate cloakroom. Stairs to first floor with bathroom, 2 further bedrooms and large storage cupboard. This section was once a 2 bed self-contained annexe.
OUTSIDE Outside the rear gardens are laid mainly to lawn and there is a patio/BBQ area next to the dining room.
Within the rear gardens is a detached log-red Finnish sauna house which is popular with guests. The gardens lead down to an apple orchard at the bottom of the site.
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