A Legendary Oxfordshire watering hole which has played host to everyone from Queen Elizabeth I to Oswald Mosley is on the market with sector specialists Colliers International.
Said to be one of the ten oldest inns in the country, the Shaven Crown hotel for sale at Shipton-under-Wychwood is steeped in history although it now requires a little TLC to bring it back to its best.
Colliers International Hotels director Peter Brunt said the landmark inn between Burford and Chipping Norton had been founded in the 14th century by the monks of Bruern Abbey and later used as a royal hunting lodge by Queen Elizabeth I.
Sir Oswald and Lady Mosley were resident at this hotel under police supervision for a time during 1943.
Peter Brunt said: “It has maintained its genuine olde worlde charm for more than 700 years and there is considerable scope for higher trade following some cosmetic refurbishment here and there.”
On the market for £795,000 freehold, the nine-bedroom Shaven Crown is believed to date back to 1384.
“It still retains masses of evidence of its medieval origins not least the Great Hall, now the residents' lounge - a wonderful room that really sets the scene for guests as they book in to the hotel.”
Genuine medieval fixtures and fittings make the Shaven Crown a magnet for overseas tourists but local trade is also brisk.
Shipton-under-Wychwood lies on the A361 between Burford and Chipping Norton, and it makes the ideal base from which to explore Cotswolds’ gems including Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water and the Slaughters. A little further afield, but still less than an hour's drive away, are Oxford, Banbury, Cheltenham, Cirencester and Stratford-upon-Avon.
Peter Brunt said: “This is a can’t-go-wrong location as it draws visitors all year round.”
He said potential buyers would also be bowled over by the owners’ accommodation, said to be unusually spacious. The owners have the benefit of delightful accommodation in a wing at the back of the hotel which includes a spacious kitchen/diner, two bedrooms, lounge and family bathroom. Staff accommodation can easily be added in to create a big four bedroom house if someone needed even more space and there is a private garden too. If not needed to live in this part of the hotel could provide a non-resident owner with further income as a valuable self-catering let.”
The Grade II* Listed property is accessed via a historic entrance porch featuring a Tudor door, with cobbled floor approached either from the pavement at the front of the hotel or the inner courtyard. Heavy timber double doors open in to the reception lounge, a magnificent room which was originally the Great Hall which features an impressive staircase leading to the bedrooms.
The dining room seats around 30 with a further 30 in the restaurant. The bar features lots of exposed timbers and large open fireplace and all the public rooms have tremendous charm and unspoiled character.
The nine letting bedrooms will sleep 17 with eight double/twins and one single.