Christie & Co is calling for a ‘hands on’ operator to take over the Rufford Arms Hotel, a 15-bedroom hotel in the rural village of Rufford, in Lancashire.
The 15-bedroom, three-star hotel also features an adjoining, 100-cover restaurant, Alexander’s Brasserie, and has been owned by Susan Lockwood for the past 27 years, who is now looking to retire.
Christie & Co is seeking an asking price of £1.2m for the freehold interest of the hotel.
During her ownership, Lockwood has built up the hotel’s trade and reputation, establishing a strong customer base from both the local area and abroad.
She comments: “I have thoroughly enjoyed running the Rufford Arms over my extensive period of ownership, but the time has come to find a new owner for this wonderful hotel, so that I can enjoy my retirement.”
The property also benefits from three-bedroom private accommodation, situated on the first floor, which would be ideal for a hands-on operator wishing to reside on site.
Alistair Greenhalgh, director at Christie & Co, is handling the sale and comments: “The business currently benefits from diversified revenue streams as Alexander’s Brasserie is open to non-residents and thus attracts custom from local diners in addition to hotel guests. Though at present the hotel has minimal wedding and events trade, there is scope for an incoming operator to develop this further.
“With its strong trading history, excellent reputation, and high standard of accommodation we expect this opportunity to garner significant interest from the market.”