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£1.5m Lake District inn comes to market

The Fish Inn, a traditional Lake District country inn that enjoys spectacular views over Buttermere, a lake that has previously been voted amongst the UK’s top 10 views, is up for sale through Christie & Co, with an asking price of £1.5m.

The 10-bedroom inn offers ensuite accommodation, breakfast room and lounge for guests to enjoy, along with a public bar and restaurant for around 70 patrons. The Fish Inn also offers an attractive beer garden with views over the rolling hills and a substantial on site car park for up to 30 vehicles.

The Fish Inn 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 pursue a well deserved retirement.

Alistair Greenhalgh, Director at Christie & Co, is handling the sale and commented, “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.”

Well known in the area, 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.

Along with its place in folklore, The Fish Inn is recognised for its location in one of the area’s most beautiful valleys, a short walk from both Buttermere and Crummock Water, at the foot of Honister Pass. With some of noted author and local explorer, Alfred Wainwright OBE’s most famous walks right on its doorstep, the business is incredibly popular with tourists wishing to experience the serenity of the Lake District, as well as take advantage of the area’s best climbing and walking.