The 10-bedroom inn offers en-suite accommodation, breakfast room and lounge, along with a public bar and restaurant for around 70 patrons.
The inn is part of the local legend, ‘The Maid of Buttermere,’ which tells of Mary Robinson, the famously beautiful daughter of the landlord of The Fish Inn in the 18th Century, who was married to a local man illegally posing as nobleman ‘Colonel Hope.’ The marriage was widely reported, resulting in his fraud being exposed and the false Colonel was tried and hanged, leaving Mary heartbroken until she was happily remarried to a local farmer.
The Fish Inn is also recognised for its location next to Buttermere lake, which has previously been voted amongst the UK’s top 10 views.
The property has been owned and operated by the current owners, Jean and John Richardson since 1968, and they are now seeking a sale in order to retire.
Alistair Greenhalgh, director at Christie and Co, who is handling the sale, said: “The Fish Inn can genuinely be described as a once in a lifetime opportunity, having been brought to the market for the first time since 1968.
“Though the business currently trades strongly from both the existing letting bedrooms and the food and beverage trade, an incoming operator will have the opportunity to develop this further as there are currently five staff bedrooms and two owner’s flats which could be converted into additional letting accommodation if required.”