The historic ‘City of Canterbury’ is truly unique and was first registered under that name as an ‘alehouse’ in 1803 by Flints Brewers of Stour Street when it had three bars and a shop selling produce. However, the origins of this three storey property are likely somewhat older as evidenced by some delightful features from an earlier era including impressive exposed beams and a stunning brick fireplace in the vast open plan dining area. Steps lead up to the bar and lounge area where you can sit around the wood burning stove surrounded by another brick fireplace or look out at views across the city through the bay window.
Having finally closed its doors as a pub in 1971 the ‘City of Canterbury’ reopened in 2002. It has since been run as a well established bed and breakfast and includes ten en suite bedrooms and is within easy walking distance of Canterbury West station, Kent University and the city centre. So, if you are looking to continue and develop such a business, this could be the answer. However if you wish to utilise your culinary skills there is also the opportunity to enhance the restaurant facilities or even create a substantial, family home.
In addition to the large dining area, lounge and bar on the ground floor there is also a kitchen and cloakrooms as well as a three bed family room with an en suite bathroom and another double bedroom with an en suite shower. On the first floor there is the fire escape and seven double bedrooms with en suite shower facilities including an en suite and steps up to a lounge area with a sofa bed and views across to the Cathedral and another three bed room with an en suite shower.
The lower ground floor currently consists of the owner’s private quarters and includes a double bedroom with a wall of fitted wardrobes and an en suite bathroom, a living room, utility room, kitchen and store room. There is also access to the terrace where you can sit and enjoy the view and steps down to the walled garden. At the front of the property there is space for a number of cars to park off the road.
“We came here four years ago and have thoroughly enjoyed running the B&B but are now looking to move in another direction. It is a lovely building with so much history and originally had a thatched roof that was later replaced with Kent peg tiles, while at the rear of the building in what was previously the kitchen a large slab was discovered with a well underneath it.
Apart from the lovely building we also felt the position was ideal as we are so near to the Canterbury Westgate with pubs, restaurants and high street shops, plus guests could stroll along to the station for the high speed train to St Pancras or be in the university campus grounds within a couple of minutes walk. As well as all the sightseeing opportunities and retail therapy available in the city there is so much else to do such as going to the theatre at the Gulbenkian or the Marlowe or sampling some of the wonderful restaurants in the city – all within walking distance of the ‘City of Canterbury’.
Currently the business attracts both national and international clients and has excellent reviews on various websites including TripAdvisor. Turnover for the year ending November 17 was £116,143 net of VAT with a net profit of £63,353 with additional information being available as required. There is scope to enhance the business even further with more use being made of the restaurant”.
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