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The King's Arms, Calne

Freehold pub with Saxon roots goes on market

A pub whose cellar was once the cell of a pagan anchorite, who attracted pilgrims from all over Saxon England, has gone on the market with a guide price of £399,000.

The King’s Arms in High Street, Calne has a fascinating history.

Formerly the Borough Arms, it was renamed in the 1830s after two Cavaliers who hid at the inn following the Battle of Worcester almost 200 years earlier.

And details of the Hop and Eclipse coaches to London and Bath can still be seen painted on the archway.

Now popular with ramblers, cyclists, horse riders and bikers, the Grade II Listed inn in a prominent high street location on the periphery of a high-footfall, pedestrianised area.

The two-storey property has open fireplaces and other features of character. Offering approximately 68 covers throughout and a commercial kitchen, the pub – says specialist property advisor Christie + Co – still has untapped potential.

Valerie Turner, of Christie + Co in Bristol said: “The Kings Arms offers a vast amount of potential for a hands-on operator or managed house.

“The pub has, historically, been subject to rent and barrel ties. Therefore, the freehold opportunity allows the business to achieve its true potential in this strong location.”

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