Listed by Oliver Reid

Address: Covean Cottage St. Agnes
Country: United Kingdom
Price: £495,000
Beds: 5
Status: SSTC

Full Description: SOLD - COVEAN COTTAGE GUEST HOUSE AND TEA ROOMS ST AGNES, ISLES OF SCILLY A unique opportunity to aquire an established business & comfortable home on the lovely off-island of St.Agnes. Occupying an elevated position on the south side of St.Agnes, the property enjoys commanding sea views towards the neighbouring island of Gugh, & in the distance, the garrison shore of St.Mary�s & peninnis lighthouse. The present owners� have invested substantial time & energy in tastefully updating the property, which now comprises: - Guest house: three double bedrooms (one en-suite), guest bathroom & comfortable guest lounge. Owners� accommodation: one single bedroom, one double bedroom (with en-suite), lounge & kitchen/diner. Tea room / bistro, (16 covers) commercial kitchen, tea garden (50 covers). TENURE: LEASEHOLD (52 years unexpired) PRICE: OFFERS INVITED IN THE REGION OF £495,000 + SAV DESCRIPTION AND LOCATION St Agnes, the most westerly of the "off-island" group, offers the potential purchaser an environment and lifestyle few places can match, with virtually no road traffic, crime or pollution. During the summer months there are frequent boat services to the other islands, and even in the winter there is a regular daily service to the main island, St Mary's. Covean Cottage is a period, double-fronted, granite built property that has been extended over recent years to provide a guest-house, tea room/bistro & tea garden, as well as an owners� suite. The property enjoys an elevated position, with panoramic sea views extending from the southern end of Gugh to the Garrison shore on St.Mary�s. The property is only a short walk from the island quay, Post Office /General Store, school and �Turks Head� Public house. The tea gardens enjoy an excellent reputation locally & the owners� pride themselves on good quality, home cooked fare, and personal service. The guest-house has excellent occupancy rates & has many forward bookings for the current season. A full set of accounts will be made available to prospective purchasers, following a viewing of the property. The cottage is for sale as a going concern, fully furnished and equipped. A detailed inventory will be prepared prior to sale. In summary, a unique business and residential opportunity with ample scope for increased turnover and profitability. Viewing highly recommended. ACCOMMODATION The property fronts the small island road, with pedestrian access via a timber gate which leads in turn to a part-glazed timber door and into: - Tea Room / Bistro 15�7� x 6�8� (4.75m x 2.03m), 21�5� x 6�9� (6.54m x 2.05m) A bright & airy �L� shaped room that wraps around the front of the property. The room is heavily glazed & has superb sea views to the south of the island. With seating for sixteen guests, the room is full of character with exposed granite quoins, painted stone walls & exposed roof timbers. A part glazed door leads onto the garden at the Eastern end . Three double sockets, Vinolay floor. In addition to the busy day time service, the present owners� have opened the Bistro for one evening a week for the summer months. This has proved to be extremely popular, and could be easily extended to several nights in the coming year. Existing staff have expressed interest in continuing with any new owners� if required. From the tea room, a cottage style door with etched floral detail leads to an inner hallway, and in turn to: Guest Lounge 23�9� x 13�3� (7.24m x 4.04m) A large, character-full room, divided into two distinct areas by a paneled archway. The lounge has a very comfortable cottage feel with exposed granite walls, wood burning stove, inset bookcase & exposed beamed ceiling. The room enjoys a dual-aspect and has carpeted floor, deep window sills, wall lights and TV connection. A second door from the inner hallway leads to: Kitchen 10�10� x 14�0� (3.29m x 4.27m) A commercial kitchen located at the front of the property that serves the guest house and tea room / Bistro activities. Having a range of stainless steel �Vogue� work units, �Lincat� dual oven, six ring gas cooker, double stainless steel sink, single sink, wall shelving, �Electrolux� commercial dishwasher, �Para� gas grill, �Xpelair� extractor, �Buffalo� griddle, �Eurozap� insect killer & Bosch fridge. The kitchen has a serving hatch to the garden & vinolay flooring A stone archway provides access to the rear of the kitchen into a large storeroom. Store Room 10�4� x 10�6� (3.15m x 3.20m) Providing additional storage for the adjacent kitchen with �Hotpoint� freezer, LG Fridge-freezer, �Frigidaire� freezer and shelved storage. The room has direct access to the side of the property via a part-glazed door and has a beamed ceiling. Consumer unit & SM100 Fire Panel. A flight of carpeted stairs lead from the inner hallway to: Guest Bedroom 1: 10�10� x 9�9� (3.29m x 2.98m) Located at the front of the cottage with views over the front garden to the sea beyond. The present owners� have tastefully refurbished all of the guest bedrooms, which now have a very contemporary light & airy feel. Arranged as a twin, the bedroom has stripped pine floor boards, vanity unit, exposed ceiling beams, window seat, Shaver point, TV connection, wall & picture lights and towel rail. Guest Bedroom 2 10�8�x 10�6� (3.25m x 3.21m) A rear double with sea views towards the Garrison Shore of St. Mary�s, and having vanity unit (with storage below), painted floorboards, inset shelf, TV connection & beamed ceiling. Guest Bathroom 5�0� x 11�0� (1.53m x 3.35m) Having white suite comprising: - W/C, wash hand basin, glazed shower cubicle (with Triton electric shower) & part-tiled splash-back The room has a sloping ceiling, slate floor, heated towel rail, shaver point, down lighters & large storage cupboard. Guest Bedroom 3 12�11� x 10�10� (3.93m x 3.31m) A large double bedroom situated at the front of the property with superb sea views through two sash windows. The character-full room has painted granite wall, built-in paneled wardrobe, stripped pine floor boards, TV connection & sloping ceiling. The room has an en-suite bathroom with close-coupled w/c, wash hand basin, shaver point & attractive tiled splash-back. Bedroom 4 10�5� x 5�3� (3.17m x 1.59m) A single room, originally used as a guest bedroom, but currently part of the Owners� suite. The room is carpeted, with sloping ceiling & built-in wardrobe. Two steps lead down into the Owners� suite. Owners� Suite : Owners Bedroom 10�8� x 9�2� (3.26m x 2.80m) A comfortable double bedroom situated at the rear of the property, with exposed granite wall, beamed ceiling & sea views towards St.Mary�s. The room has a panel radiator, built in wardrobe, TV point & sliding door that leads to: - En-Suite Having a white close coupled w/c, Ivory wash hand basin and shower cubicle (with Redring electric shower). The room has a Vinolay floor, floral tiled shower enclosure & splash back, shaver point & heated towel rail. An inner hallway leads to a glazed backdoor and to: - Owners� Lounge 12�4� x 10�8� (3.78m x 3.25m) A large lounge located at the rear of the property that connects, via an archway with the Kitchen/Dining Room. The lounge has a painted screed floor, beamed ceiling, exposed granite wall, beamed ceiling and BT/TV connection. Kitchen / Diner 9�9� x 12�6� (2.97m x 3.81m) A part-glazed sun room with double doors onto the rear garden, having exposed granite walls, painted screed floor, slot-in �Flavel� cooker, stainless steel sink unit with mixer taps & ceiling mounted spotlights. There is scope to extend the Owners� suite at the rear of the property (subject to the appropriate consents). The existing owners� have made an initial approach to the Planning Department of the Isles of Scilly Council, and are in discussions to agree an acceptable scheme with the Chief planning Officer. OUTSIDE Front garden Laid predominantly to lawn with established borders including agapanthus, fuschias, ginger lilies, cacti, roses and arums. There are also palms, Datura trees and an apple tree. The garden has a sunny southerly aspect and has traditional bench seating for up to 50 covers � all with superb sea views. A vehicular track connects the island road with the: - Rear Garden Laid predominantly to lawn, with borders, rockeries and a vegetable patch. Several garden sheds & outbuilding, which include: - Guest w/c 3�10� x 6�7� (1.17m x 2.0m) Having slate floor, close-coupled w/c & vanity unit. Garden Shed 7�0� x 9�0� (2.13m x 2.75m) Laundry Shed 10�0� x 7�11� (3.03m x 2.42m) Garden Shed 8�0� x 7�10� (2.45m x 2.40m) Workshop 22�0� x 14�8� (6.70m x 4.47m) Constructed in local granite & having power points, lighting & work benches. �Cita� Office 10�4� x 9�10� (3.15m x 3.01m) A quirky building, constructed of hardwood, paneled doors recovered from the wreck of the container ship �Cita�. The building has Vinolay flooring, power & light. THE BUSINESS Covean Cottage enjoys a steady seasonal trade in both the guest house and tea room / garden. The existing owners� have worked hard to upgrade & refurbish the existing property, and have enjoyed growth in turnover over the last two years. Full accounts will be made available to serious prospective purchasers following a viewing. Turnover for the year 2011 / 2012 is projected to exceed £80,000.

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Listed by: Oliver Reid

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