A RARE opportunity to run a traditional Lakeland Inn and Hotel in the heart of the Lake District has arisen.

Situated close to the tourist hotspots, Hawkshead – with its winding, narrow, streets and traditional architecture – is a major draw for walkers, climbers and cyclists.

The centrally-located Grade II listed Kings Arms sits proudly in the bustling village square and is on offer for a guide rent of £90,000 per annum, along with a new Free of Tie of Lease.

The two-storey property, steeped in more than 500 years of history, has been tenanted and run by the same family for two generations, but approximately 40 years later they have decided to call time and move on to semi-retirement.

John Kenyon, one of the current owners who have held the Kings Arms over three generations spanning 75 years, said: “Ideally we are looking for an experienced individual or couple to run this traditional and fabulously popular establishment. This is an almost unique opportunity – inns in the iconic village of Hawkshead rarely come to market.”

The inn boasts a fireplace and hearth in the bar, a bar servery that was hand-crafted by the current owners’ grandfather more than half a century ago, and exposed beams throughout.

It also features a low-walled beer patio that looks out on to the square and its imposing Norman church.

The property is on the market with Fleurets. Lesley Watmough, Divisional Director said: “Opportunities like this don’t come about often so we are expecting high levels of demands.”

For more information, or to arrange a viewing, call: 0161 683 5445.