Described as the greenest pub in England, The Kilpeck Inn in Herefordshire is on the market with Colliers International.
The refurbished property has been something of a labour of love for the present owner, who acquired the 17th century inn as a down at heel wreck and spent two years bringing it up to its now 21st century standards.
Hotels specialist Peter Brunt from Colliers International said the property offered enormous potential for new owners.
“Designed with an eye on quality and long term sustainability the Kilpeck Inn is a superb example of what can be achieved in the contemporary country pub.
“Our client’s vision and energy has provided a wonderful space with impeccably green credentials that will ensure much lower than normal running costs for years to come.”
The Kilpeck Inn is situated in rolling countryside around ten miles from the county town and features dining space with 60 covers along with four letting bedrooms plus an owners’ flat.
On the market for £495,000 freehold, the Kilpeck achieved net sales of £397,000 net of VAT under management and Peter Brunt believes there is more to come.
“In the five years since it re-opened, the Inn has never benefited from hands-on, on-site management. Live in chefs have provided a quality catering product, but this combination has not optimised the inn’s enormous potential.”
Recently awarded entry into the 2015 Michelin Guide, Peter said the inn now has the basis of an excellent reputation on which to build a larger, more consistent and tighter run business.
The original village cottage was built from stones ‘liberated’ from the nearby Kilpeck castle which was partly dismantled following the English Civil War in 1650. Over the centuries it had been extended but by 2008 it had become very rundown.
Peter Brunt said: “Six years ago Kilpeck was in danger of losing its only pub – then called the Red Lion – when it was threatened with change of use to residential.
“Our client has strong industry connections and as a local resident was one of those people who did not wish to see the community lose its pub. He stepped in and redeveloped the site into the wonderful business here today.
“The community came out in force at the time and has supported the Kilpeck Inn ever since.”
Opened in May 2010, the business is now up and running and available for sale.
Peter concluded: “In addition to its appeal as a business The Kilpeck Inn has impeccable green credentials which go way beyond gimmicks to provide genuine savings though efficient operation.”
Heating is under floor and powered in winter by a wood pellet boiler which burns in concentrated bursts and heats a large hot water accumulator tank which in turn circulates hot water through the embedded pipework.