This stunning Leek restaurant and hotel has been put up for sale for £750,000
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By Jack Lenton
9th Nov 2022 | Property of the Week
Looking for a new home in the Leek area, or just feeling a bit nosey?
Then look no further than our Property Of The Week features, which showcase the most interesting homes for sale right now on our Leek Nub News Property page.
This week's listing is a nine bedroom detached house at King Street, Leek.
The property is on the market now for £750,000 with Denise White Estate Agents, with even more homes being available to look around on our own Property page.
Here's what's been said about it...
Denise White Bespoke Estate Agents are simply delighted to be given this fabulous opportunity to represent the present owners of "Peak Weavers" in the sale of this magnificent residence by telling their story of ownership with in-depth features and magazine-quality photography
Peak Weavers is an imposing three storey residence which lies in a discreet location of King Street in the market town of Leek, close to the Peak District. King Street is one of my favourite streets in the town with the houses showcasing the fabulous history of the textile industry, whilst located only stones throw away from the town centre. The residence was believed to be built back in1826 as a private dwelling and has been trading as a guest house since 1979. Currently trading as a six-bedroom guest house with three-bedroom owner accommodation with an independent restaurant and the accommodation extending to over 4,285 sq ft internally. The rooms are all exceptionally expansive which you would expect of a building of this era and could easily be reconfigured to provide nine en-suite guest rooms and still retain private owner accommodation.
The present owners took great care into the design and renovation when purchasing the building back in 1999, retaining, restoring and embracing many of the historic features which include beautiful cornicing and detailed architraves, tall bay sash windows, marble fireplaces, a stunning reception hall with a ornate staircase and a grand full length imposing window. They have adapted over the years to accommodate their growing families needs.
The property can be purchased as a "going concern" with all the fixture and fittings included in the sale price if required, so once purchased you can open the doors to your guests and adapt your business to evolve around your own dreams and aspirations whilst earning a healthy income.
The property may also be of interest to inventors and speculators looking for a substantial building to adapt to apartment's, subject to any necessary consents being obtained.
A discerning purchaser may wish to acquire to reconfigure into one grand residence taking it back to its original purpose and making it a main family dwelling once again. The potential and the possibilities are endless as the floorplan for this stunning, historic, residence offers so may opportunities.
The present occupiers of the house are a great husband and wife team, Nick and Emma Bettany. They took ownership of the Peak Weavers in 1999 and set about restoring the period property to its former glory ! Now they are ready to hand the reins over to the new custodians of this historic property. Nick and Emma are so excited for the the new owners, knowing they will experience the same passion and enthusiasm they had when they started this fabulous journey of running their own family business whilst moulding a family home. They have built, over the years, a exceptional reputation based around the quality of the food, service and accommodation on offer whilst providing an exceptional experience for all guests visiting the establishment.
The Peak Weavers is situated in an ideal location in this small market town and continues to offer high quality accommodation ( Assessment report 2013 )
Built in 1828 for a local mill owner, the Peak Weavers stands in its own grounds close to Leek town centre. It was sold by the Wardle family in the 1860s and became the convent to the Catholic church. For nearly 120 years it remained until in 1978 it was converted to a guesthouse.
The Peak Weavers takes its name from its close proximity to the Peak District and from the industry that shaped the town of Leek. Fine examples of weavers cottages can be seen on King Street, their third storey catching optimum hours of daylight to enable Leeks women of yesteryear to work their looms from dawn to dusk.
Nestled along this charming, historic road in Leek, the house is set back behind a stone wall and with gardens to the front. Stone pillars frame the steps which lead up to the main entry to the home, alongside a private driveway providing allocated spaces for 14 cars. There is a private courtyard to the rear within which is a brick-built workshop.
Visitors are greeted by a light-filled reception hall with a fabulous stone flooring and an imposing ornate staircase leading to the first floor, complimented by the stunning grand full length window to the rear of the reception hall.
Occupying the main volume of the ground floor is the reception/bar area leading to the grand reception room utilised as an intimate restaurant allowing at least 40 covers, with soaring ceilings and views over the front gardens. The current owners have retained the buildings original proportions with huge sash windows complimenting the room with a high degree of natural light. To the rear of the restaurant is a very well appointed and fully fitted commercial kitchen split into two areas, together with a number of storage rooms.
The guest accommodation is arranged over ground floor, first and second floor with all of the rooms having en-suite facilities. There is also private living accommodation for the owners extending to three bedrooms with a large living/dining room.
The guest accommodation are all stylish rooms which have been decorated tastefully and sympathetically to the character of the building. There are six non-smoking bedrooms all with remote control colour TV and tea/coffee making facilities. Providing free, private car parking. At present all guests are offered a comprehensive breakfast choice, alongside the award winning restaurant which is available at weekends available to guests any other evening by arrangement.
There is a good size bar/reception area which is utilised for guests to gather and have a drink in the bar before dining in the award winning restaurant.
At present the restaurant operates a single sitting policy so the table is the guests for the evening ensuring the time to enjoy the dining experience in relaxed and intimate surroundings.
At present the Head Chef Emma's principle is sourcing local ingredients which ensures that the customer gets the best of seasonal availability and has resulted in being awarded membership of the Peak District Cuisine initiative. All dishes at present are freshly prepared.
"Our A la Carte Menu changes monthly making best use of seasonal ingredients, possibly featuring locally grown asparagus in June or wild Staffordshire Venison in October."
The business also cater for intimate weddings, family celebrations and corporate events. A perfect venue for a Leek restaurant to celebrate that special occasion, be it a birthday or anniversary etc, then for parties of between 20 & 40.
The restaurant is open to residents and public Friday and Saturday evenings. This offering a huge opportunity to develop the business by expanding the dining hours.
The Peak Weavers is also the perfect Leek wedding venue providing exclusivity for up to 40 guests with the six stylish bedrooms available so able to cater for the close friends and family of the bride and groom.
There is also opportunities to cater for christenings and business meetings.
Leek is an attractive town with many fine examples of architecture dating from the 18th and 19th centuries. Leek really prospered with the boom of the textile industry, particularly the dyeing process for which Leek became associated. This expertise attracted many influential visitors to the town, the most notable of which was William Morris, founder of the Arts and Crafts movement. History still provides a focal point for Leek as it is now the North West's largest antique centre. A bric a brac market is held every Saturday and the town still enjoys a lively general market on Wednesdays.
A "must do" is Nicks' recommended walk on The Roaches taking in Luds Church ( where Sir Gawain is supposed to have met the Green Knight ) and maybe calling in at Wincle and Danebridge. The Roaches are a stunning gritstone ridge, the southern tip of the Pennine chain, overlooking the Cheshire plain, Staffordshire & Shropshire. On a clear day it's possible to see the Welsh mountains.
Another personal favourite spot is the Manifold Valley. The light railway that once ran through the valley has since been replaced by a walking and cycling track ( bikes can be hired at Waterhouses, 6 miles from Leek ). At Wetton Mill you can find where the river disappears to flow underground and reappear in the grounds of Ilam Hall. Thors' Cave, near Wetton,has to be one of the most impressive sights in the Peak District.
Also closeby are the Potteries with their rich industrial heritage and Alton Towers, the UK's leading themepark.
A number of historic houses are within easy reach. Shugborough, the ancestral home of Lord Lichfield, Eyam Hall situated in the historic plague village of Eyam, Little Moreton Hall regarded to be the most perfectly preserved timber framed moated house in Britain, Haddon Hall one of the most complete medieval manor houses in the country and Chatsworth House, "Palace of the Peak" providing an unforgettable day for all ages.
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