Cambridgeshire hotel brought to market for £1.2m

A Cambridgeshire hotel that is thought to be one of the oldest surviving hostelries in Wisbech has been brought to market for £1.2m.

The Grade II listed Rose and Crown Hotel reportedly dates back to 1461. The 29-bedroom coaching inn sits in Market Place in the heart of Wisbech, a market town that is otherwise known as the ‘capital of the fens’.

The site also features a 180-capacity ballroom licensed for civil weddings as well as meeting rooms, restaurants, a bar, courtyard and car park.

It was previously operated as a coaching inn, and played host to a local literary society, whilst a previous landlord was the inventor of the Tidnam’s Tipple drink.

The hotel was initially thought to be called The Swan, before becoming the Pheasant and Horn and latterly becoming the Rose and Crown.

It was acquired by a private investor in 2015, but now the hotel is offered for sale as the current owner looks to focus on business interests closer to their south east base.

Paul Barrasfor, director in the Hotels Agency team at Colliers, said: “The original parts of the Grade II listed Rose & Crown date back to some 600 years ago.

“It has been extended considerably over the years, but still retains its historic charm. Particularly stunning is the 180 capacity Trumpet Room; a grand space with an opulent vaulted ceiling, it is one of the most impressive venues in the region.”

He added: “Throughout the pandemic the accommodation side of the business has maintained a healthy trade, with a strong and profitable performance from bedroom revenues. The business is on an upward trajectory as its revenue streams from restaurants, bars and events rooms have come back online.”

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