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Arley homes to sell refurbished pub


North West housebuilder Arley Homes has restored a former pub in the heart of a Lancashire village. Significant investment has seen the Dog & Partridge in Charnock Richard updated inside and out. Now the developer is seeking a buyer for the 5,500 sq ft freehold licensed property, with additional first floor living accommodation.

Following the original owner’s decision to close the pub, Arley Homes purchased the property which is immediately adjacent to their completed development The Birches, which comprises 28 family homes. Over the last year, Arley has invested in significant internal refurbishment and repairs of the public and private areas of the building, and painted and landscaped the outside.

Although a departure from their usual line of work, the project allowed Arley to ensure the quality of the development was completed to their usual high standards and specification. But John Cosgrave, managing director of Arley Homes, says it does not herald the start of a new career in the pub and restaurant industry, and hopes the building will soon attract a buyer.
He said:“When the site came to market it was a fairly rundown old railway pub. We had the choice of letting someone else buy it, and run the risk it could get worse and thereby have a negative effect on local property values, or redevelop it ourselves. The property is at the entrance to The Birches so it was important to us and our buyers that any development in this location should be good quality. We’re delighted with the result and believe it was worth going the extra mile!

“The building is right in the centre of this popular Lancashire village and would be ideal for a family pub or restaurant. The traditional drinkers’ pubs have suffered since the smoking ban was introduced, and during the recession many such as this have closed. But there does still appear to be a demand for quality family pubs with good food served in nice surroundings. We took this view when undertaking the refurbishment with a smart scheme with an open plan bar, spacious dining areas, and a good sized beer garden. The neutral colour scheme gives it a light, airy feel and will really allow the new owner the chance to put their stamp on the place.”

The Dog & Partridge is on the market with commercial agent Jenics. The two-storey detached building includes an open plan dining area, horseshoe bar, additional seating in the rear conservatory, restrooms, a beer garden and car park. Upstairs, the living accommodation offers a two bedroom apartment with separate lounge, bathroom and kitchen. The refurbishment includes new carpets, curtains and light fittings.
For more information contact Sean Hartley at Jenics on 0161 832 2201. For information about Arley Homes or any of its developments, go to www.arleyhomes.co.uk