Cadnam, New Forest, Hampshire
Available on request
Freehold, furniture and fixtures included
Who’s it good for?
In order to run a B&B successfully, you have to be a ‘people’s person’. Flexibility also goes a long way as you may need to work unsociable hours depending on your guests needs.
It’s also extremely helpful if you have an eye for detail and don’t mind a spot of DIY now and again!
The UK B&B sector is a £2 billion industry, consisting of approximately 25,000 small owner managed businesses. According to the B&B Association, ‘the total bedstock of independent B&Bs makes up a fifth of the total serviced accommodation sector in the UK’ and travellers ‘choose to stay over 50 million guest-nights in British B&Bs’.
Established as a guest house for over a century, the current owners of this busy New Forest bed & breakfast have owned and managed it for ten years and are looking to retire.
Located in the village of Cadnam in the heart of the New Forest National Park, this beautiful B&B benefits from all that the forest has to offer, with nature trails and walks only a short walk away.
Conveniently located with easy access to the M27 and the A31, it is easy for guests to travel from Southampton, Winchester, Bournemouth and London. And the main railway station of Ashurst is only a ten minute drive away.
This successful B&B profits from year-round business and includes: six letting bedrooms (all with ensuites), a generous sized, separate owner’s accommodation in with double bedroom, en-suite, triple aspect sitting room, separate dining room and rear private garden.
The business also has lapsed planning permission to convert the garage and add two extra rooms with en-suites, however, the new owners may need to reapply for this.
Extensively refurbished to a high standard in 2007/8, the building still oozes character with its exposed brick and oak beams, inglenook fireplaces and wood burning stove.
There is plenty of potential for the new owner/s to capitalise on the businesses existing success. Currently, the owners decide to close for ten weeks a year for holidays (including four weeks in the height of summer), they also employ helpers to run the business on a daily basis. However, both are lifestyle choices and by no means essential.
The current owners also established a gap in the market for a unique stay, park and transfer service for cruise customers departing from Southampton – this is something that the new owners could continue.
With its pre-existing customer base and bookings as far ahead as 2019 with paid deposits, this business needs very little marketing due to a large investment from the current owners.
Living up to its excellent reputation, Twin Oaks is registered with Visit Britain, holding their 4-star accolade, it has a 5-star rating on TripAdvisor and has also been awarded their prestigious Certificate of Excellence for 5 years in a row, from 2012- 2016.
Nominations are now open for the British Small Business Awards 2017, the leading event celebrating the brightest stars in the SME sector. Click here to enter, and make sure you get involved today using the hashtag #BSBAwards. Good luck!