â€œWe moved here a few years ago because we loved the idea of country living and having the opportunity to generate an income â€˜from homeâ€™. We have developed a successful bed and breakfast business and created the micropub which has become a real focus not only for guests but also for the local villagers. We have won a CAMRA award and awards from booking.com so have been delighted that our efforts have been appreciated. However, although we shall miss this wonderful place, we have decided to retire and downsize and hand the baton over to new owners.
The village is situated along the North Downs Way in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and, as we have the only bed and breakfast in the village, we get lots of guests looking to walk and cycle along the route. There are also wonderful bridleways for those wanting to ride â€˜off roadâ€™ and, as we are not far from Dover and Folkestone, we have many visitors staying overnight en route to the Continent. Shepherdswell has a Co-op mini supermarket and a mainline station with direct trains to Dover and London while trains from nearby Dover Priory can whisk you to London in about an hour. You will also find the charming and historic East Kent Railway that is run by a preservation society. For sporting enthusiasts the village is home to the 'Shepherdswell Spartans' Football Club as well as a cricket team and golfers can play at Broome Park or go slightly further afield to the championship courses at Sandwich. Boating aficionados can join the Downs Sailing Club and, if motor racing is your interest, why not visit the Lydden racing circuit? There is also a good primary school in the village while Dover, Sandwich and Canterbury offer excellent secondary state grammar schools and top class junior and senior private education.â€
For anyone thinking of generating an income this property has enormous potential. Not only is there the option to carry on running the successful micropub and bed and breakfast but you can also rent out the cottages either as holiday lets or long term rentals that could produce more than £1500 a month. The stables could provide livery facilities for local horse owners and a motorhome/campsite could be developed. The size of the pub room lends itself to the possibility of incorporating events such as weddings and other celebratory parties/receptions/meetings while the coach house could either be developed to provide additional accommodation or become another events venue. There is also the possibility that the entire property could be converted into a charming country hotel....Read full description