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Three Shires Inn sold to Hampshire pair

Published on: Thursday 30th August 2018

A 19th century inn in the heart of the Lake District has been sold.

The Three Shires Inn in Little Langdale was on the market for £2.1 million and was sold by Colliers International for an undisclosed sum.

Jane and Ian Stephenson have run the popular inn since 1983 but decided to sell up.

The buyers are Anthony Guthrie and James Wilkinson, two businessmen from Hampshire who are new to the hospitality sector.

The Three Shires Inn has 10 en suite letting bedrooms with a bar, dining room and beer garden.

The purchase also included the next door detached four/five-bedroom self-catering property, which can be used as owners’ accommodation.

Neil Thomson, associate director at Colliers International, said: “Situated on the eastern side of the famous Wrynose and Hardknott passes, which generate excellent passing trade, The Three Shires Inn has been owned and operated by the same family since 1983.

"During this time, it has been extensively upgraded and extended, creating an extremely busy and successful business.

"All of this hard work has culminated in the current owners winning the Cumbria Tourism Pub of the Year Award 2017.

"The new owners have the enthusiasm and business acumen to build on this success and I wish them the best of luck in their new venture into the hospitality trade.”

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