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£895k Kent inn seeks new ownership

The Hawkenbury Inn, in the Kent hamlet of Hawkenbury, situated between Staplehurst and Headcorn, has come to market through Christie & Co, for £895k.

Sitting in a plot of approximately one acre, this traditional country pub occupies a prominent roadside position in the heart of this small community, attracting a strong mix of local custom from the surrounding villages as well as leisure guests visiting the area.

With a host of character features including wooden beams, wooden floors and open fireplaces, this pub comprises a large and welcoming 96-cover restaurant, 30-cover bar, games area with pool table and darts board, large well-equipped kitchen and a ground floor cellar. Owner’s accommodation is also available on the first floor, with two separate, self contained flats, each comprising of a double bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and lounge area.

Outside there's a spacious lawn trade garden to the rear with seating for up to 80 covers, with an outside bar and children’s play area, and to the front of the property there is seating for a further 36 covers, plus a car park for up to 40 vehicles.

Situated behind the pub, the site also features a separate building housing three bedrooms; two doubles and one twin, all with their own small courtyard areas with tables and chairs, providing an additional income stream to the business. Planning permission has been granted to extend the main building too, which would allow for a further 10 bedrooms.

James Hughes, Business Agent at Christie & Co’s Maidstone office, commented, “The Hawkenbury Inn provides a fabulous opportunity to acquire a rural business which has potential to grow. With the potential to increase the accommodation, this is a great opportunity for either a hands-on owner operator or a multiple operator looking to add to their portfolio.”