A HISTORIC Cumbrian country inn has hit the market, after the owner has decided to ‘wind down’ his business operations in the county.

The Kings Arms in Temple Sowerby, a pub with letting rooms, has been put on the market by specialist property advisor, Christie & Co for offers in the excess of £335,000, with the historic property playing host to William Wordsworth throughout it’s rich history.

Located in the historic village of Temple Sowerby, The Kings Arms offers a perfect base for those looking to explore the nearby Lake District National Park and North Pennies AONB.

The Grade II listed property, which is over 400 years old, has a rich history as a coaching inn and is famously known to have hosted William Wordsworth and Samuel Coleridge in 1799. The business has upheld its excellent reputation and has been sympathetically refurbished over the years, now including a welcoming bar and lounge area, restaurant and nine ensuite letting rooms over three floors.

News and Star: The Kings Arms, Temple SowerbyThe Kings Arms, Temple Sowerby (Image: Christie & Co)

The inn has been owned and operated by Paul Bonsall for the past fifteen years in conjunction with a silent partner.

Paul said: “I have owned and operated the Kings Arms under management as a sister hotel to our other property in the south of the county, which I still manage personally. I am now well past retirement age and facing a few health issues, so have decided it is time to begin winding down my business activities.”

The property has been described by the agents as ‘an ideal acquisition’ for anyone who may be looking to expand their hospitality portfolio.

Marslie McGregor, Business Agent at Christie & Co who is handling the sale, said: “We are delighted to offer the freehold sale of this historic country inn. The Kings Arms has established a strong reputation with both its loyal customer base and tourists to the Lake District area. This is an ideal acquisition for a lifestyle buyer who is possibly new to the hospitality trade or a multi-operator looking to expand their portfolio.”

The Kings Arms is on the market for offers in excess of £350,000.