The Centre of Britain Hotel and Restaurant in Haltwhistle, Northumberland, has been brought to market for an asking price of £695,000.
The 12-bedroom historic site features a restaurant and The Garden Suite, which is used for functions, parties and weddings and has a seated capacity of around 50 guests.
The site also features The Lodges, four self-contained, two-storey lodges, each with a twin or double bed, a lounge area, and a shower room, as well as The Old Dairy, a former medieval bastle house featuring three magnificent suites with en suite facilities.
The hotel has been refurbished with up-to-date insulation, heating and ventilation, which will result in “very little or no outlay or upgrade costs” for new owners for “some considerable time”.
The boutique hotel features historic architectural designs which have been uncovered throughout the building’s restoration, and now “form an integral part of its modern presentation”.
The historic site once formed part of the Border Reivers’ Pele Tower, with parts dating back to the 15th Century.
Local business owners, David and Grethe Taylor, purchased, redeveloped, and launched the Centre of Britain Hotel and Restaurant in 1997.
According to the owners, it is “time for a new, full-time hands-on owner operator to take over and further develop trade”, however.
Grethe Taylor said: “We love meeting all our guests and have made friends from many different countries. Now, after many successful years, we are looking to retire and take up the many invitations to visit them.”
David Taylor added: “As well as a profitable business, I do believe that there is also great potential, with its distinctive crest, to develop the Centre of Britain, as a merchandising brand.”
Mark Worley, director at Christie and Co, who is handling the sale, said: “Our clients’ intentions are to retire. They currently operate the hotel to suit their own lifestyle, however, we are certain that new owners could easily adapt this to increase trade and profits.”