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Historical inn linked to Beatrix Potter is up for sale

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Tower Bank Arms in the heart of the Lake District is on the market with Colliers.

A 17th century Lakeland inn and pub in Near Sawrey is being marketed by commercial real estate specialists Colliers at a guide price of £225,000.

Leased by The National Trust, Tower Bank Arms was originally built as an ale house in the 17th Century and today trades as a popular Lake District inn and restaurant, located in the centre of the tranquil village of Near Sawrey. 

The property is nestled between Hawkshead and Lake Windermere and lies directly adjacent to Hill Top, Beatrix Potter’s home. The inn is illustrated in The Tale of Jemima Puddle Duck one of the author’s most famous books, adding the characteristic and charming property to the history books.

Tower Bank Arms has four letting bedrooms, two staff bedrooms and a restaurant seating 28 covers plus more space for al fresco dining. The inn still contains some of its traditional features such as bars with flag floors and beamed ceilings. 

The present leaseholders took on Tower Bank Arms in 2006 and throughout their tenureship have steadily improved and enhanced the property with the help and encouragement of The National Trust. Their hard work and dedication to the inn has achieved them accreditations from Visit England 4 Star Inn, the Good Beer Guide and Good Pub Guide. Accessible to all, the current owners offer a taste of ‘Lakeland Life’ full of local flavour in a relaxed and friendly setting with touches of quality using fine locally sourced food and award winning Real Ales.

They have established the business, benefitting not only from visitors drawn by its connections to Beatrix Potter, but also from the local residents who class Tower Bank Arms as their much loved local. Having enjoyed their many years at Tower Bank Arms, the tenants are now looking to retire to live locally.

Haydn Spedding, of Colliers Hotel Agency said: “Tower Bank Arms is a spectacular property full of character and rich history. The inn is busy all-year-round and has a continuous solid turnover and is extremely profitable, being supported by not only the many visitors to the area but by locals alike. This is a very attractive business opportunity coming to the market and anticipate a number of interested parties. We are accepting offers of around £225,000.” 

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Haydn Spedding


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Haydn qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1972 and has been selling hotels, guest houses and self-catering businesses since 1988. He joined Colliers Robert Barry following the takeover of Staintons Hospitality Surveyors in 2001 and is now an Associate Director. He is an active participant on the Commercial Members Committee of Cumbria Tourist Board.

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