Property Details

Sale Agreed

Superbly positioned overlooking Stock Ghyll in beautiful Ambleside this charming café includes lovely 1 bedroomed self-contained living accommodation and offers a fantastic lifestyle opportunity in heart of the gorgeous Lake District National Park.

Enjoying an excellent reputation with locals and tourists alike, this thriving business is a rare opportunity in a beautiful and popular Lakeland market town – the perfect combination providing an excellent location in which to both live and work.

  • Excellent fully equipped café with living accommodation
  • Lovely self contained one bedroomed living accommodation with delightful views
  • Assignment of a 12 year lease at a rent of £9000 pa from a highly regarded local Charitable Trust
  • 17 to 20 covers inside plus 20 covers outside.

Location Rattle Ghyll Cafe is a well established business in Ambleside located very close to the centre of town on Bridge Street overlooking Stock Ghyll and the waterwheel of The Old Mill. The lease which is being assigned notes the property as Rattle Gill Café. The property can be accessed on foot through Bridge Street off Rydal Road which is almost immediately opposite Hackney & Leigh’s office or alternatively from North Road which links to Rydal Road at its junction next to the Post Office.

Description Beautifully situated above the tumbling waters of Stock Ghyll and looking out over a sweet and historic cobbled lane to the waterwheel of The Old Mill, this charming three storey Grade 2 listed cafe enjoys a delightful setting – perfect both for a busy trade and for quiet relaxation in the evenings after the crowds disperse.

Ambleside itself is a bustling market town, the very hub of The Lake District National Park, busy all year round with tourists and yet also enjoying a thriving resident population which includes students at the University of Cumbria. The English Lake District is a Unesco World Heritage Site which attracts over 47 million tourist every year, spending, it is estimated, over £3 billion annually. This recent Unesco recognition and the weakness of the pound is only likely to significantly increase those numbers, and it will undoubtedly be the prime locations, such as Ambleside, which will benefit the most. The region boasts a steady and virtually all year round tourist industry, which has no doubt contributed to the impressive average turnover at this popular café.

The cafe enjoys an excellent reputation with residents and visitors alike and has a healthy turnover to prove it. Located close to the main car parks and of course a variety of Bed & Breakfast and Guest House establishments, the premises combine being both right in amongst the activity yet select enough in its location to set itself apart.

An assignment of the existing 12 year lease from October 2013 is offered. We understand that the landlords, The Herd Lawson Trust (a highly regarded local Charitable Trust), may be happy to grant a new or extended lease if desired.

The current rent is £9,000 per annum (only £750 per month) with the tenant responsible for internal repair.

The cafe is splendidly equipped with everything required for the almost immediate transfer of the business, allowing it to seamlessly continuing operating, although the trade name "Rattle Gill Café" will not pass with it. The ground floor includes a delightfully presented café with 17 to 20 covers and is full of character with additional outside seating for up to a further 20 covers alongside the cobbled lane enjoyed under a separate licence. There is a much improved and well equipped commercial kitchen and modern fitted visitors wc located on the first floor.

For those not requiring living accommodation with the café, the upper floors offer superb potential. The two storey self contained living space does however enjoy lovely views and includes a cosy sitting room overlooking the waterwheel of The Old Mill on the first floor and a double bedroom and a modern shower room on the second floor. Central heating is zoned to separate the cafe from the main living space. All in all this is the perfect solution for those seeking to combine an excellent income with a lovely place in which to live. Possibly the perfect lifestyle change opportunity which you have been waiting for? It just may be – so why not come and take a look.

Hall With tiled flooring.

Main Cafe 24′ 9" x 12′ 5" (7.56M into bay x 3.79M max) This attractive seating area includes a traditional bow bay window overlooking the cobbled pedestrian street towards The Old Mill waterwheel. The cafe has 17 to 20 covers with attractive tables and chairs and a lovely authentic decorative cast iron range with a timber mantle. There is a beamed ceiling, wall light points, attractive slate flooring, two radiators and down lighters. The servery is fully equipped with counter and work surfaces including a twin bowl stainless steel sink unit with a mixer tap, serving counter, part tiled walls, Samsung microwave, two smoothie maker/blenders, Marco eco water boiler, Caffe d’autone coffee machine, Espresso Italiano Coffee grinder, Comenda automatic dishwasher, Beko freezer, Beko fridge, electric grill, three soup cauldrons, four slice toaster, panini grill and Valera chiller display cabinet.

The Staircase from the Hallway leads to

First Floor WC Provided for the use of guests and having a wc, wash hand basin, part tiled walls, extractor fan and a tiled floor.

Kitchen 12′ 7" x 8′ 0" (3.84m x 2.45m) Thoughtfully extended and much improved in recent years this carefully re-designed commercial kitchen is well equipped with two Parry ovens and a four ring hob with a stainless steel surround, matching work surfaces and shelving, 2 Beko fridges and 2 Beko freezers, Hoover automatic washing machine, a stainless steel sink and a half sink unit and two windows to the rear.

Living Room 11′ 4" x 10′ 2" (3.46m x 3.1m) Enjoying lovely views over the river and the waterwheel of The Old Mill and having concealed storage space, exposed beams, radiator, laminate flooring, television point and a telephone point.

Second Floor Landing With a side window.

Bedroom 12′ 1" x 11′ 5" (3.7m x 3.49m) Having a sweet dormer window with lovely views over the river to The Waterwheel and on to the fells beyond. There is a radiator, feature exposed roof truss timbers and stripped flooring.

Shower Room A modern shower room with a glazed corner shower cubicle with a glazed screen and AKW shower, dual flush wc, wash hand basin, attractive tiled walls and flooring. There is a shaver point, a conservation style glazed skylight, extractor fan, radiator and exposed beams. There is a useful storage cupboard as well as an eaves cupboard housing the Potterton central heating boiler and the hot water boiler for the shower room.

Outside The property enjoys a wonderful outside seating area courtesy of a separate licence held for three years which allows for an additional 20 covers over 8 tables in delightful surroundings overlooking the beck to the waterwheel.

Services Mains water, drainage, gas and electricity are connected. The property has gas fired central heating to radiators with the heating zoned between the cafe and the residential portions of the building.

Busisness rates The property has a rateable value of £3,950 with the amount payable for 2019/20 being £1,939.45. Business Rate Relief may be available.

Tenure An assignment of the existing 12 year lease is being offered. The lease commenced in October 2013 and the current rent passing is understood to be £9000 per annum on internal repairing terms. There are rent reviews every three years. We are given to understand that the landlords, The Herd Lawson Trust, may be prepared to offer a new lease or extend the existing lease if desired.

Viewing Strictly by appointment with Hackney & Leigh, Ambleside. Telephone 015394 32800

Energy Performance Certificate The full Energy Performance Certificate is available on our website and also at any of our offices.

Video Walkthrough

Floor Plan

Floorplan Rattle Gill Cafe, 2 Bridge Street, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 9DU




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