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New dawn for The Sun in Coniston as it comes to market for £1.175million

08 11 21 New dawn for The Sun in Coniston as it comes to market hero

A characterful pub and inn overlooked by the Old Man of Coniston mountain is being brought to market by Colliers after 20 years.

The hotels agency team at the international commercial real estate firm is marketing the freehold of the four-star traditional pub business The Sun in Coniston, which also includes eight en-suite double or twin bedrooms, for £1.175million.

Current owner Alan Piper is selling the property ahead of his retirement. Alan said: “I’ve had a great time running The Sun over the last 20 years, and really felt a part of the community as many locals visit the pub, as well as a tourists from across the world. It’s a beautiful location and I’ve been fortunate to welcome some regular familiar faces over the years back to the inn. 

“Now I’m looking to retire and it’s the right time to hand over the business to over to a new owner.” 

The traditionally built slate roof Lakeland pub has been a feature of Coniston for 400 years. It includes a Victorian range, stone walls, exposed oak beams, fireplace and a bar made from local slate with cosy seating around for around 50 people. The main dining room caters for a total of 70 covers. Upstairs is the Boat Roam, a games room named in honour of Donald Campbell who undertook several efforts to break the water speed record on Coniston Water.

The Sun is located at the beginning of the Pack Horse Trail to the western Lake District, beneath the Old Man of Coniston and overlooking the picturesque village. It’s an ideal location for those interested in water sports, mountaineering, horse riding, sight seeing, as well as real ale.

Neil Thomson of Colliers' Hotel Agency team said: “The Sun is the perfect name for this pub and inn as it really does sit above the village of Coniston, but is also at the centre of the community. Its features makes it an attractive venue for those looking to experience a traditional hospitality experience in the Lake District.

“The business has been consistently upgraded over the last 20 years and has a strong established food and beverage and accommodation record.”

As well as the main building, there is also has a staff or owner’s quarters in a traditional detached building to the rear of the main property.

The current owners also own The Log House, a four-bedroom family home, with two en-suite bathrooms, a family bathroom, open plan lounge, dining and kitchen area, as well as basement. The Log House which is located at the bottom of The Sun’s car park can be made available by separate negation for £750,000. 

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Neil Thomson

Associate Director

Hotels Agency


Neil is a part our Hotels team in Manchester, and joined Colliers International in 2010 bringing with him 25 years of experience in the property industry in both residential and commercial property sales. Neil specialises in the disposal of privately owned hotels, licensed and hospitality businesses, throughout  the North West and North Wales regions, and has played a vital role in ensuring completion on a multitude of different types of hotels during his involvement in the hotel industry. 

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Kim Inam

PR Manager

Marketing & Communications

London - West End

I'm a communications professional who has previously worked as a journalist for eight years covering a broad range of topics including politics, crime, health and housing in north London. In recent years I have worked in corporate communications for local authorities across London  and joined Colliers in October 2019, initially providing maternity leave cover.

I provide strategic public relations advice to various business lines within the UK organisation to secure recognition for their work in the property press as well as key target media, and work with our experts to produce thought leadership pieces which are of interest to our clients and colleagues within the commercial real estate sector. In addition, alongside colleagues in the PR and wider communications team, I provide media and social media training for our in-house experts to prepare them for media opportunities and raise their personal brand within the sector.

As well as supporting various teams within the UK business, I also I curate and edit regular content for the blog, which drives credible business leads to our experts.


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