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Liberation Group snaps up Somerset 18th century inn

The Bower Inn, a country inn and restaurant set on an acre of picturesque farmland in Bridgwater, Somerset, has sold through Christie & Co to the Liberation Group.

The 18th century farmhouse was converted into an inn and restaurant complete with letting rooms in the eighties. The main bar and dining areas exudes a warm and welcoming atmosphere with an exposed brick fireplace and wood burning stove, boasting a total of 110 covers. The outside garden terrace and the outdoor marquee offer function space for an additional 80 guests. The property now includes a total of 16 en-suite individually designed and furnished rooms.

Previous owners Peter Starling and Candida Leaver purchased the Bower Inn through Christie & Co in 2010 when it was closed. After completely renovating the property, the duo truly transformed the business in seven years, taking in £1m net sales, adding an additional 11 bedrooms in 2015 which were built using the same materials in keeping with the original external appearance of the building. Peter and Candida decided to sell their business and retire with plans to spend more leisure time at their second home in France.

The property has been acquired by Liberation Group, whose sister company, Butcombe Brewery plan to invest in the property including an upgrade to the trade areas and will be run under management with all the existing staff in place.

Jayson Perfect of Butcombe comments on the sale; “As Butcombe Brewery continues to expand around the South West, we are focused on growing our bedroom operations in the area. The Bower Inn with 16 well appointed rooms was seen as a fantastic addition to our portfolio and we were excited to welcome the site into the Butcombe family just in time for the festive period. The team are all focused on the future opportunity that lies ahead with this extremely well established site. We are all very much look forward to working with the current team growing on what is already a successful business.”

Nicholas Calfe, Director at Christie & Co’s Bristol office who handled the sale comments; “The demand for well trading pubs in ideal setting is particularly high in the South West at the moment. The sale of The Bower Inn represents this demand. We have worked closely with Liberation Group to ensure a smooth sale for all parties. We look forward to seeing how the Inn develops and progresses in the future.”

The Bower Inn was sold off market in a confidential transaction.