New venture for new owner
An immaculate village inn with 4 high quality en-suite letting rooms, the Royal Oak at Bere Regis in Dorset has recently been sold by licensed property specialists Stonesmith of Exeter.
New owner Janette Woodhouse and her family have moved to the pub from Wiltshire after life with the Army. They have been delighted by the warm welcome from the locals and regulars, and are enthusiastic about there future there.
Whilst the property was in good order throughout Janette wanted to add her own style and consequently all of the letting rooms have had a makeover, and are now individually designed, and the restaurant has been reinstated and decorated with a more traditional style suited to the age and character of the building. The next plans are to upgrade and landscape the garden, courtyard and outside trade areas.
Janette has also devised a new menu and from April food will be available throughout the day. Where possible the food will be locally sourced and home cooked and any meals that sell out on the specials board, replaced immediately with an alternative.
Whilst the business caters for tourists, passing trade and the surrounding villages the pub has a strong local trade and supports 8 winter and 4 summer darts teams. It is also popular as a venue for parties and events and the accommodation is attracting repeat business, being situated in a highly desirable area and close to numerous tourist attractions. The Royal Oak has its own website www.theroyaloakhotel.co.uk which in turn is linked to various accommodation web sites and tourist attractions.
The Royal Oak is situated in a prime position in Bere Regis with the county town of Dorchester 11 miles away and the coastal resort of Bournemouth just 14 miles away. A substantial Grade II listed property it briefly provides a lounge bar with 34 covers, lower bar with 34 covers, 24 cover restaurant, a 30 cover skittle alley with additional standing room, catering kitchen, 5 en-suite letting rooms and 2/3 bedroomed private accommodation.
Mike Phillips of selling agents Stonesmith commented “the sale of the Royal Oak is yet further evidence that demand exists for quality public houses throughout the South West, despite all the negativity currently surrounding the pub sector”.
The Royal Oak is a leasehold business and was sold off a guide price of £89,950.