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New Storey for The Star Inn

27 01 22 New Storey for The Star Inn hero

Hospitality mogul Alastair Storey purchases award winning Oxfordshire village inn

Four AA gold star The Star Inn has been sold to renowned hospitality entrepreneur Alastair Storey, in an undisclosed deal. 

The 80-cover pub, with a detached converted barn providing eight letting bedrooms, was extensively renovated and refurbished when it was bought by Ian and Caron Williams nine years ago. The property freehold and business, which also has two rosettes from the AA, been listed in the Waitrose Good Food Guide and the Good Pub Guide, as well as a Trip Advisor certificate of excellence, was brought to the market by global commercial real estate firm Colliers with a guide price of £975,000 +VAT.

The Star Inn is a rural village pub located in Sparsholt, in the White Horse Vale. Built in 1720, the building is thought to have always operated as a pub, before the barn next door was converted into accommodation in the 1990s. The property boasts dining across the stone flagged restaurant as well as at the bar, complete with woodburning stove, and 100 covers outside overlooking the Oxfordshire countryside. 

Alastair, who is chairman and chief executive of hospitality business Westbury Street Holdings, will operate the business alongside restaurant and cookery school The Woodspeen.

Located close to Wantage, Faringdon and Swindon, with Lambourn Valley to the south and The Cotswolds to the north, the inn offers an ideal location for walks, and is just five miles away from the Uffington White Horse.

Peter Brunt, from Colliers’ Hotel Agency team, brokered the deal, he said: “The Star Inn has been wonderfully crafted into an attractive pub and lettings business known for its quality food and drink offering by Caron and Ian. It is located in a lovely rural spot which makes it an ideal location for those looking for a break from their everyday grind, and by providing detached accommodation it means that guests are not disturbed by those frequenting the inn. I wish them both a very happy retirement and look forward to seeing what Alastair and The Woodspeen team do with the business.”

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Peter Brunt

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Peter is a chartered surveyor who first started dealing with the hotel and pub market in 1988.  He joined Robert Barry & Co in 1995 and after many years as a valuation professional has now been selling hotels and pubs for over 20 years. He is the director in charge of our operations in the west midlands and south west. This covers the south and south west of England including the Cotswolds, Oxfordshire, Hereford, Worcestershire, Shropshire, as well as the West Midlands, Staffordshire, south and mid Wales as well as more major instructions in the south west region generally. 

If you used to deal with former colleagues, Jon Wren, Alastair Murchie, James Richards, Chris Kent, Simon Wells or Mervyn Cully please feel free to contact Peter.

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