Believed to have been licensed as long ago as 1384, the Shaven Crown in Shipton-under-Wychwood is on the market with Colliers International following an extensive refurbishment.
Originally constructed as a hospice for the monks at nearby Bruern Abbey, the aptly named hotel/inn retains many of its original medieval features, including the stunning Great Hall, which now serves as a lounge.
Peter Brunt, a director with Colliers International’s Hotels team, said the Shaven Crown is an ‘oven ready’ business in the heart of the perennially popular Cotswolds.
“With good trade from locals, business and tourists, the Shaven Crown is ideally situated in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, attracting visitors all year round."
“Situated at Shipton-under-Wychwood between Chipping Norton and Burford, the inn makes an ideal base to explore the popular villages of Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water and the Slaughters. Cheltenham, Oxford, Cirencester and Banbury are a little further afield.”
The Grade II* listed building has an entrance porch complete with Tudor door, cobbled floors and heavy timber doors opening in to the magnificent Great Hall, which has many period features including mullion windows, heavy beamed ceiling and impressive staircase to the seven comfortable letting rooms.
“In addition, the owners can enjoy delightful three-bedroom accommodation of their own in a wing at the back of the hotel, which is completely private. It could also provide a non-resident owner with an excellent self-catering let.”
The bar seats about 30, with beamed ceiling and fireplace, a snug for around five or six guests and a breakfast room seating 12 to 18.
The restaurant has a huge open fireplace with 20 to 30 covers and the private dining room can seat another ten.
“The present owners bought the Shaven Crown because of its ‘can’t go wrong’ location and superb rooms and set about an ambitious refurbishment.
“They enjoyed the process of creation, however the operation, great as it is, has sadly had a greater than expected effect on family life. For this reason alone, they have decided to sell, giving purchasers the opportunity to acquire a fully refurbished business with the opportunity to further develop the trade.”
The Shaven Crown is on the market for £1.1 million.