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Hawes Road (B6255), Ingleton, Carnforth, LA6 3AW

£450,000

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A lucrative business/investment opportunity to acquire this successful visitor attraction known as White Scar Cave in the Yorkshire Dales National Park one mile north of the village of Ingleton on the B6255 road to Chapel le Dale and Hawes. Ingleton is on the A65 twelve miles from the M6 motorway J36 leading east to Settle and Skipton. White Scar Cave almost connects the three county borders of Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cumbria.

On offer for sale is the freehold site extending to 1.68 acre with coach/car park, cafe, shop, site manager's bungalow and cave entrance, together with the business goodwill and transfer of operational staff according to standard procedures.

Established Visitor Attraction Discovered in 1923 White Scar Cave became the longest cave tour in Britain and has been in the current family ownership since 1976. The 1.68 acre site is freehold but the cave system is under a lease with a peppercorn rent and has fifty five years to run. The rock floor of an ancient sea is exposed at the cave entrance. Horizontal layers of limestone form the cave roof but the walls and floor are cut into nearly vertical slate beds. These slates are 400 million years old and were crumpled into their vertical alignment 100 million years before the limestone was deposited. Other natural features include waterfalls and areas affectionately named the witch's fIngers, judge's head, the squeeze, arum lily, the devil's tongue, the carrots and the face. The highlight of the tour is the Battlefield Cavern which is over 330 feet long and is decorated with thousands of stalactites.
The Car Park The roadside car park has a tarmac surface with delineated markings for in excess of 120 cars and adequate turning space for coaches.
The Site Manager's Bungalow Is occupied as a service tenancy and the site manager organises and oversees the day to day management. A team of guides is responsible for leading visitors through the cave system on conducted tours, and some are responsible for cleaning and general maintenance. The bungalow is constructed of brick walls externally white rendered under a slate apex roof extending to some 1250 sq. ft. of living accommodation with porch, living room, fitted kitchen, two bedrooms and a shower room with toilet and wash basin. There is a detached garage of similar structure 25 ft x 15ft with steel car entrance door. The current council tax on the bungalow is £1,547.32.
Expressions of Interest are invited and viewing arrangements will be strictly by appointment through the Selling Agents. Offers to purchase can be one single figure or separate figures for the site value on the one hand and business goodwill on the other. Operational staff are included to be taken over under TUPE regulations in as far as they wish to continue their employment.
The Cafe and Shop Has been run by seasonal concessionaire and the average turnover for the last six years was £141,884. The cafe and shop are staffed independently of the cave business and the concessionaire pays a seasonal concession fee to the principal business. The cafe and shop are constructed of stone lower walls with white rendered brick walls at the higher ground level under an apex slate roof. There is a ladies and gents toilet block partially screened by the wide steps to the cave entrance. To the opposite side of the steps there is a raised patio area with safety fencing and outdoor tables and seats for the cafe.
The Principal Business The average turnover for the last six years was £304,464.50. The seasonal cafe and shop concession fee is additional to this. After costs and expenses a healthy consistent profit has been returned. Detailed accounts are available for the confidential information of bonafide enquiries. The ticket office is close to the Cave Entrance and the Cafe and Shop Entrance all under cover of an impressive timber roof structure open to extensive westerly views of hilly countryside. The rateable value of the business is £27,000.
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    A lucrative business/investment opportunity to acquire this successful visitor attraction known as White Scar Cave in the Yorkshire Dales National Park one mile north of the village of Ingleton on the B6255 road to Chapel le Dale and Hawes. Ingleton is on the A65 twelve miles from the M6 motorway J36 leading east to Settle and Skipton. White Scar Cave almost connects the three county borders of Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cumbria.

    On offer for sale is the freehold site extending to 1.68 acre with coach/car park, cafe, shop, site manager's bungalow and cave entrance, together with the business goodwill and transfer of operational staff according to standard procedures.

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    Established Visitor Attraction Discovered in 1923 White Scar Cave became the longest cave tour in Britain and has been in the current family ownership since 1976. The 1.68 acre site is freehold but the cave system is under a lease with a peppercorn rent and has fifty five years to run. The rock floor of an ancient sea is exposed at the cave entrance. Horizontal layers of limestone form the cave roof but the walls and floor are cut into nearly vertical slate beds. These slates are 400 million years old and were crumpled into their vertical alignment 100 million years before the limestone was deposited. Other natural features include waterfalls and areas affectionately named the witch's fIngers, judge's head, the squeeze, arum lily, the devil's tongue, the carrots and the face. The highlight of the tour is the Battlefield Cavern which is over 330 feet long and is decorated with thousands of stalactites.
    The Car Park The roadside car park has a tarmac surface with delineated markings for in excess of 120 cars and adequate turning space for coaches.
    The Site Manager's Bungalow Is occupied as a service tenancy and the site manager organises and oversees the day to day management. A team of guides is responsible for leading visitors through the cave system on conducted tours, and some are responsible for cleaning and general maintenance. The bungalow is constructed of brick walls externally white rendered under a slate apex roof extending to some 1250 sq. ft. of living accommodation with porch, living room, fitted kitchen, two bedrooms and a shower room with toilet and wash basin. There is a detached garage of similar structure 25 ft x 15ft with steel car entrance door. The current council tax on the bungalow is £1,547.32.
    Expressions of Interest are invited and viewing arrangements will be strictly by appointment through the Selling Agents. Offers to purchase can be one single figure or separate figures for the site value on the one hand and business goodwill on the other. Operational staff are included to be taken over under TUPE regulations in as far as they wish to continue their employment.
    The Cafe and Shop Has been run by seasonal concessionaire and the average turnover for the last six years was £141,884. The cafe and shop are staffed independently of the cave business and the concessionaire pays a seasonal concession fee to the principal business. The cafe and shop are constructed of stone lower walls with white rendered brick walls at the higher ground level under an apex slate roof. There is a ladies and gents toilet block partially screened by the wide steps to the cave entrance. To the opposite side of the steps there is a raised patio area with safety fencing and outdoor tables and seats for the cafe.
    The Principal Business The average turnover for the last six years was £304,464.50. The seasonal cafe and shop concession fee is additional to this. After costs and expenses a healthy consistent profit has been returned. Detailed accounts are available for the confidential information of bonafide enquiries. The ticket office is close to the Cave Entrance and the Cafe and Shop Entrance all under cover of an impressive timber roof structure open to extensive westerly views of hilly countryside. The rateable value of the business is £27,000.
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