Whitstable Road, Canterbury

Price £1,000,000

6 Bedroom Detached House For Sale in Whitstable Road, Canterbury

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A fantastic opportunity has come available to run a successful bed and breakfast in Canterbury. The Retro is a beautifully presented late Victorian villa which has been run as a successful guest house for over 3 years. It benefits from being on the Whitstable Road less than a mile from the city centre and the historic Cathedral. Superbly presented, the property has been completely renovated within the last four years and features six en-suite bedrooms with TV. Each room has been individually decorated to provide an attractive and unique ambience but includes some period features to give character and a sense of history. The guest accommodation is set over two floors and includes two superior doubles, one standard double, two twin bedded rooms and a well-proportioned two-room family suite that can sleep up to five people and a baby. There is also a very attractive dining room on the ground floor with space for 16 guests. There is in addition a superb separate three-bedroom owners’ apartment and parking for 4 cars.

The Retro has quickly gained and consistently maintained an excellent reputation and is considered one of the best value guest houses in Canterbury. The business is currently run by a husband and wife team and is an excellent opportunity to run a lifestyle business, or to install a manager and operate remotely.

From the moment you walk up to the panelled outer front door, with its original stained glass windows that continue onto the inner door, you can feel the warm and friendly atmosphere. This prevails once you are across the threshold and is enhanced by the lovely features that flow throughout the property including elegant fireplaces, original Victorian flooring, high skirting boards and tall ceilings, picture rails and the original sash windows that have been renovated and double glazed.

Except for the attractive dining room, with its original pine flooring and bay window that is used as the guests’ breakfast room, the whole of the ground floor has been fascinatingly redesigned to be a discreetly ‘hidden’ three-bedroom apartment for the owners. It includes a spacious, light and airy lounge/dining room with an attractive fireplace and multi-fuel burner and incorporates an extension with glazed doors to the garden. From the lounge an internal hallway leads to the ‘private quarters’ that consist of three bedrooms including one with a fascinating inner window and ‘the master’ with windows on two sides. There is also a large family bathroom and a contemporary kitchen/breakfast room with a peninsular breakfast bar, a range cooker, a boiling water tap, an American fridge freezer and a wall of modern storage cupboards. It also opens into the hallway opposite the dining room.

The staircase to the first floor divides near the top and to the left are the guest rooms and to the right is an office with useful storage that could be converted into an additional bedroom, if you wanted to increase the rooms available for guests. However, these rooms make excellent offices where you can deal with the administration required to run a successful business. 

Outside there is hard standing and flower and shrub borders at the front and a driveway leading to the back of the property where you can park four cars. There is a charming and easy to manage garden with a large patio for al fresco dining as well as a lawn, summer house and raised beds.

“We wanted to start our own business from home and when we first saw this property we realised its potential as a bed and breakfast.  It needed a total upgrade and we really enjoyed the challenge of renovating, refurbishing and extending the house so that it suited our needs – this included having a three-bedroom apartment for ourselves. It is rare to find such generously proportioned owners’ accommodation, suitable for those with children or who want a large self-contained space for themselves. We have worked very hard to develop the bed and breakfast business and gain the reputation we now have for great service and value for money and we hope another owner will want to follow in our footsteps. Equally, the property may be suitable for residential conversion or further commercial development, subject to planning consent. Turnover is currently £115,000 pa on a 42 week trading year. We are happy to share further business information upon viewing.”

Property Features

  • Commercial property
  • Fantastic B&B
  • Beautiful building, period features and good reputation
  • Superb Location
  • Close to Canterbury city centre, easy access to A2, close to the university and colleges
  • Great Business
  • Consistent year on year sales and high occupancy rates





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