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Hartside Cafe

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  • Very rare commercial opportunity
  • 1903ft above sea level
  • Unparalleled views
  • Extremely popular tourist spot
  • Potential for expansion (stp)
  • 1.34 acre site

A VERY RARE OPPORTUNITY COMING TO THE MARKET THIS WEEK FOR OFFERS OVER £300,000
It is not everyday that a commercial opportunity comes to the market at 1903ft above sea level but today it has!
Having been run as Hartside Cafe for many years anyone that has ever driven from Penrith to Alston will know this famous landmark. Unfortunately many of you will also know that in March a terrible fire destroyed the original building, closing the cafe. For the current owners this situation has been very emotional and they are wishing to retire rather than construct a new building, leaving the future of this site to the next generation.
The site measures around 1.34 acres(0.54 hectares) and is a predominantly a large hardstanding area well know as a viewing point over the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, all over the Pennines and as far as the Scottish Borders. The original building measured 3400sqft and was a class C1 commercial premises with residential accommodation, making an idea live work offering. Subject to the relevant planning consents we believe that the site has the potential for retail, holiday accommodation, restaurant/cafe or a little of each maximising the potential of the site.
Being a well known Mecca for cyclists, car enthusiasts and motorcycle riders there are many avenues that could be followed to create an exciting business in a breath taking location.


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Overview

A VERY RARE OPPORTUNITY COMING TO THE MARKET THIS WEEK FOR OFFERS OVER £300,000 It is not everyday that a commercial opportunity comes to the market at 1903ft above sea level but today it has! Having been run as Hartside Cafe for many years anyone that has ever driven from Penrith to Alston will know this famous landmark. Unfortunately many of you will also know that in March a terrible fire destroyed the original building, closing the cafe. For the current owners this situation has been very emotional and they are wishing to retire rather than construct a new building, leaving the future of this site to the next generation. The site measures around 1.34 acres(0.54 hectares) and is a predominantly a large hardstanding area well know as a viewing point over the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, all over the Pennines and as far as the Scottish Borders. The original building measured 3400sqft and was a class C1 commercial premises with residential accommodation, making an idea live work offering. Subject to the relevant planning consents we believe that the site has the potential for retail, holiday accommodation, restaurant/cafe or a little of each maximising the potential of the site. Being a well known Mecca for cyclists, car enthusiasts and motorcycle riders there are many avenues that could be followed to create an exciting business in a breath taking location. Hartside Cafe site is largely a level tarmac surface with a fire damaged building. It is our opinion that the building is not economically repairable and that a new building should be planned for. The site extends to 1.34 acres and is understood to be part freehold and part leasehold and not subject to any subordinate interest. Title No. CU196530 is a long leasehold ownership and we have been informed this has a peppercorn rent. So far as we are aware the property is free from any onerous easements, restrictions, covenants or conditions affecting its value.

Accommodation

We understand the insurers loss assessor considers the buildings to have a gross external area of 354 sq m. We are also advised that the property included the following living accommodation: 3 double bedrooms with living room, kitchen and bathroom.

Services

The site benefits from mains electric. There is no gas supply but LPG gas bottles were used. There is a septic tank for drainage and water for a number of years was forced from a spring but a new borehole would make practical sense if the buyer were to look at expansion of the existing building.

Rateable value

The valuation office agency website shows the entry appearing in the 2017 list of the relevant authority on the date of valuation was: Cafe & Premises - RV £10,500


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Alston
Alston CA9 3BW
County: Cumbria
Sale Type: Sold STC
Ref #: DBE00299
David Britton
David Britton Estates
P: 01768 881111
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