A successful and almost unique heritage visitor attraction set within a most charming wooded river valley with good road access from the A38. The business has been in the same hands for the last 20 years and has been substantially improved and developed over the years, to now provide not only significant turnover but potential future growth also. The caverns, formed from an historic former slate mine, form part of Cornwall's internationally important industrial heritage. The whole combines to be a visually stunning and versatile space as a visitor attraction and events venue.Situation
Set within the beautiful Loveny Valley, Carnglaze lies just outside the village of St Neot, to the south of Bodmin Moor. The village provides amenities including pub, village hall, church and primary school. The A38 can be accessed just over a mile away, giving wider connections to the region. The nearby towns of Liskeard and Bodmin offer a wide range of facilities for most day-to-day needs. The south coast is easily accessible with the popular towns of Looe, Polperro and Fowey being the closest. Carnglaze is well-located with other year-round tourist activities in the South East Cornwall area.The Business
Carnglaze features three large manmade slate caverns and a subterranean lake as the visitor attraction. The caverns have attracted visitors annually, of between 20,000 and 25,000 and the growing lucrative wedding and events market has been taken advantage of within this almost unique setting. Carnglaze holds wedding and civil ceremony licenses as well as a premises license covering live music, alcohol sale and performance art, with a venue capacity of 400 people. The caverns also attract private, corporate and public sector group bookings including individually tailored, educational school trips and sensory days.
An established walk has been maintained through the surrounding ancient oak woodland, Quarry Wood, and features seasonal wild flowers, ancient oak, beech and ash trees and is renowned for its bluebells in the spring. Additionally, the business features a ticket office, gift shop and toilets with an on-site parking for 60 cars and coach parking. Rental of a nearby farmer's field gives overflow parking for up to 120 cars. Significant potential exists to increase or diversify the events and weddings held, as well as setting up on-site catering and marketing improvements. The current high levels of turnover have been achieved in the last 20 years, by the current husband and wife partners.The Owners/Managers Residence
Currently occupied by the owners, this spacious property would also suit as staff/manager's accommodation for off-site ownership. Formerly the engine house building, this cleverly converted home forms a single storey stone bungalow with a flexible layout.
The accommodation in brief comprises, front door to hall, with tiled flooring and radiator. Cloakroom with low level WC and radiator. Fitted Kitchen with cupboard units with wooden worktops, 1½ bowl stainless steel single drainer sink unit, plumbing for washing machine and dishwasher, electric cooker and hob, tiled splash-backs, oil-fired Rayburn. Lounge/dining room, with central open fire with slate hearth and stone surround, 2 central heating radiators. Central hallway, walk-through cupboard with shelving and radiator, separate walk-in airing cupboard with shelving. Bedroom 1 with mirrored wardrobes, central heating radiator, part double-glazed doors with windows to either side opening onto the south facing conservatory with outlook to the front lawn and gardens. Family bathroom with white suite comprising low level WC, pedestal wash hand basin, panelled bath with tiled surround, separate tiled and enclosed shower, central heating radiator, heated towel rail. Central door with continuing hallway and storage cupboard, central heating radiator. Study/bedroom 4 with central heating radiator and part double-glazed bi-fold doors opening onto the conservatory. The conservatory has slate tiled floor with windows on three sides, 2 glazed roof pitches and double doors opening onto front garden. Rear hallway with, central heating radiator. Shower room with suite comprising low level WC, pedestal wash hand basin, tiled enclosed shower, central heating radiator, tiled walls. Bedroom 3 with central heating radiator. 2nd Conservatory/bedroom 2, double-glazed windows on 3 sides, central heating radiator.Outside and Land
The main site extends to approximately 8 acres, featuring coach parking, car parking for up to 60 cars, site facilities including gift shop, ticket office, toilets, gardens and picnic areas and storage sheds. Beyond this the hillside is covered in ancient woodland and running down to the River Loveny in the valley bottom. The woodland walk provides opportunities to take in the beautiful surroundings.
A further 2 acres of woodland lies separately on the other side of the road, providing further amenity space beside the river. A small piece of land is also owned at the bottom of the road where it meets the A38, which gives the opportunity of advertising and route signage from the main road alongside the established brown tourist signage.Services
Mains electricity, private water and private drainage.Fixtures and Fittings
Only those mentioned in the Sales Particulars are included in the sale. All others are excluded but may be available by separate negotiation.Outgoings
Council Tax Band B for the on-site dwelling
Business Rate - Nil rateLocal Authority
Travelling west on the A38 from the Liskeard direction, at the end of the dual carriageway meet the roundabout taking the 3rd exit, continuing on the A38 towards Bodmin. Continue to Two Waters Foot, turning right at the brown signpost, signposted to Carnglaze, follow the lane for approximately 1 mile and the entrance will be found on the righthand side.
If approaching from the west and travelling east on the A38, turn left just after passing Trago Mills and follow the lane for 1 mile with Carnglaze Caverns being found on the righthand side.Viewings
Strictly by appointment through Stags Holiday Complex Department on 01392 680058Disclaimer
These particulars are a guide only and should not be relied upon for any purpose.