Famous boutique village inn goes on the market

One of Dumfries and Galloway’s most famed hotels has gone on the market with Colliers International for an asking price of £395,000.

The Ship Inn on Fleet Street is where celebrated author and playwright novelist Dorothy L Sayers wrote her crime novel The Five Red Herrings, and now current owners of the 10-bedroom boutique village inn are hoping to retire.

The hotel in Gatehouse of Fleet, known as the Anwoth Hotel in the days of Ms Sayers, has been extensively refurbished over the last ten years, with the late 18th century historic building now hosting a boutique-style village inn with an open plan, linked and split level bar and restaurant.

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Current owners, Jim and Helen Stewart, who acquired the business in 2005, are set to retire from the trade and selling agent Colliers International is inviting offers around £395,000 for the Ship Inn.

The Ship Inn, which holds a Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence, is popular with visitors on holidays or short breaks to the Dumfries and Galloway region. The region’s proximity to Scotland’s Central Belt, the North of England and Northern Ireland, via the regular ferry services at nearby Cairnryan, has seen the area grow in popularity in recent years.

Alistair Letham, a director in the UK hotels agency team at Colliers International, commented: “The Ship Inn is a quite delightful, very well-established, village inn of an excellent standard. This is reflected in the good level of income that is generated and its attractive boutique style is undoubtedly a huge bonus in attracting repeat custom from visitors that return year after year.”




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