Rare chance for grand old Duke of York

A COACHING inn in County Durham is for sale for the first time in over 100 years

A COACHING inn in County Durham is for sale for the first time in over 100 years

The traditional country inn is located on the A68 in County Durham, the main tourist route to Scotland, midway between York and Edinburgh.

The Duke of York Inn occupies a prominent roadside position in the village of Fir Tree, which is known as the ‘Gateway to Weardale and the northern Pennines.’ The business trades as a food and accommodation led country inn and comprises a large bar area to accommodate 48, a lounge with an open fireplace and a 30-cover restaurant, all of which are decorated in an olde-worlde style, with original beams and some exposed stone. There are also five luxury en-suite letting bedrooms, which are all named after castles in County Durham.

The inn is famous for its traditional oak furniture by the famous craftsman, Mouseman Thompson and is rated 4 Star by the AA, as well as being recommended by major guides. To the rear of the property, there is a large car park, which can hold approximately 35 cars, but also provides an opportunity to add further letting bedrooms, which is already agreed in principle by the local authority, subject to the necessary planning permission. There is also a large outdoor patio area and a beer garden. Chris Parrott, from Christie + Co’s Newcastle office, who is handling the sale, said: “The inn has been in the same ownership for four generations. After running the business for the past 24 years, Roy and Marilyn Suggett have placed it on the market in order to retire.”

The Duke of York is offered for sale at an asking price of £575,000 for the freehold interest. Contact tel: (0191) 222-1740.

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