22 Nov 22 by Mike Easton
Drewe Arms, Drewsteignton –
This classic Dartmoor Inn, once home to the Britain’s longest serving landlady is available to buy. The Drewe Arms on Dartmoor is a thatched grade II inn dating from the 17th Century and included in CAMRA’s national list for historic pub interiors.
We are handling the sale process on behalf of the current owners. Head of Hotels and Hospitality Mike Easton comments ‘This is truly a rare opportunity to own a piece of Dartmoor’s history and to invest in what we consider a sleeping giant of a venue. Heritage is front and centre and character abounds. Bar service by way of two serving hatches and three break out customer areas. To the front is a paved beer garden whilst to the rear is a substantial function room and attractive courtyard more than suitable for a variety of events. In addition, along with two letting bedrooms, there are three bunk room and separate bunk house, all with shared facilities and perfect for walkers to the moor, with the Two Moors Way passing through the village on the Northern boundary. There is also a two bedroom flat for the owners use’.
It is reported that a public house stood on the site earlier than the current building and there have been various names over the years, recorded as the New Inn in the 1890’s and the Druid Inn until the 1920’s when it changed again to the name it holds today and from Julius Drewe the tea merchant who built Castle Drogo nearby. From 1919 until 1994 the Drewe Arms was run by Mabel Mudge, who retired aged 99 after 75 years in situ.
‘We are keen to engage with new owners who understand heritage and what a site like this needs in order to be successful for the long term. The pub will close this month and the driving forces will be to secure a sale and investment to reopen as early as possible’
The Drewe Arms is available off a guide price of £500,000 and interested parties should contact Michael and his team on 01752 276251 or via www.vickeryholman.com