The Old Ferry Inn at the renowned Fowey River crossing in Cornwall is on the market with Colliers International at £1.2 million.
 

Quintessentially Cornish, the former coaching inn has been providing bed and board for travellers on the old London to Penzance road for more than 400 years.

It overlooks the busy Bodinnick to Fowey ferry - which dates back to the 13th century -  as well as Ferryside  - family home of writer Daphne du Maurier.

Ed Jefferson from Colliers International believes there is plenty of scope to take business forward at the Old Ferry Inn, which has 12 letting rooms.

“The Old Ferry has bags of character. There is a wood burner and stone floor, the bar is packed with historical artefacts and local memorabilia and the views over the estuary are stunning,” he said.

“The present Inn dates back to the 17th century and is surrounded by old fisherman and shipbuilders’ cottages.

“The ferry is as busy as ever and there is plenty to keep visitors in the area as there are opportunities for sailing and watersports, sea fishing, golf, and a whole host of significant historic houses and gardens.”

The Old Ferry Inn is owned and operated by husband and wife teams Pascal and Penny Rivault and David and Amanda Lewis - Pascal and his wife are now looking to downsize whilst David and Amanda wish to retire.

Mr Jefferson added: “In addition to the fantastic location, the new owners have the option of taking on the suite of rooms presently used as staff accommodation. And with net sales to June 30 2017 of £525,000 the Old Ferry is still bringing in plenty of business.”

The estuary is part of the Polperro Heritage Coast and is a particularly vibrant destination just seven miles from St Austell.

Walkers choosing to base themselves at the Old Ferry Inn can try the Hall Walk or South West Coastal Footpath which run nearby. Across the river lies the popular tourist town and fishing port of Fowey – a major attraction in its own right.