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The Royal Oak, Winsford, Exmoor SOLD

The Royal Oak, Winsford, Exmoor SOLD - 17th July 2014

Stunning country thatched Inn bought by couple who looked for 2 years to find the right property and business

Set in the picturesque and thriving Exmoor National Park village of Winsford, the Royal Oak is an exceptional business and character property. Renowned throughout the region and far beyond for its quality and high standards, the Royal Oak Exmoor is a stunning property in a highly desirable area, The business and leasehold interest has recently been sold by licenced property specialists Stonesmith of Exeter.

The new owners are Mark and Sally Bradley who had been looking for nearly 2 years for the right property and business to live and work in. Whilst this is a new venture, Sally has a strong customer service background and Mark has over 20 years experience in the hospitality and tourism industry.

Having retained the highly experienced chef David Sylvester, Mark and Sally have worked with David to create a fresh new menu with emphasis on traditional English dishes using locally sourced produce ranging from light meals to full a la carte restaurant dining. In addition their ‘Food Around the World’ series is a regular themed food evening on the first Wednesday of every month.

The Royal Oak is a substantial and impressive detached, thatched inn and said to be the most photographed pub in England. Its origins date back to the 12th Century and the property is now Grade II listed. The original charm and character have remained and most of the original features are intact.

The hotel comprises a main bar, rear bar, cellar dining area, two dining rooms and a restaurant, altogether totalling around 100 covers. The Inn has 10 high quality en suite hotel bedrooms with AA 4 star accreditation comprising of Four Poster King, Deluxe King and Twin rooms with three further courtyard rooms currently under refurbishment including one with full disabled facilities.

Outside, the lawned trade garden has been completely renewed and now seats up to 48, the customer car park has 20 spaces and there are a range of useful outbuildings housed within the original stable block.

Mike Phillips, Director of selling agents Stonesmith of Exeter handled the sale. He commented “The sale of The Royal Oak, Winsford generated a significant level of interest and multiple offers from buyers from around the world. We are delighted that Mark and Sally have purchased this truly stunning business and property, with their experience and enthusiasm I am sure that the business will continue to prosper and I wish them every success for the future.”

Stonesmith sold The Royal Oak off a guide price of £129,950 for the leasehold interest. Stonesmith can be contacted on 01392 201262 and properties for sale viewed on the website www.stonesmith.co.uk

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Stonesmith were a breath of fresh air after our previous agents. You introduced a purchaser quickly and a deal was concluded rapidly.

Paul Clarke - Previous owner of Normandy House Hotel, Ottery St Mary