Dolly Waggon Guest House, 17 Helvellyn Street, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4EN

Dolly Waggon Guest House, 17 Helvellyn Street, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4EN



An established, and well presented, guest house business in an excellent trading location on Helvellyn Street, set back behind iron railings a few minutes walk into Keswick town centre. Dollywagon has 6 en-suite guest bedrooms plus flexible owners accommodation and including large basement, ideal for home working – all with a beautiful mountain backdrop – with an optional sixth en-suite and flexible owner accommodation. The business is Highly rated on Booking.Com and Trip Advisor and is offered in first class order as a lifestyle opportunity with variations to the internal arrangement offering further potential.


Since acquiring Dolly Waggon over 18 years ago, the present owners have extensively upgraded the accommodation, including a recent new kitchen, dining room, hall and staircase refurbishment. Dolly Waggon offers a potential purchaser the opportunity to acquire a fully operational business with forward bookings that include many regular repeats – a sure sign of a well managed establishment. The property comprises a deceptively large, three storey, red brick and local slate, Victorian end of terrace building arranged over three floors plus a large basement. It is conveniently next to a quiet side street affording extra parking opportunities.

The ground floor and separate large basement office currently for the owners private use the as personal space leaving the two upper levels for guest use. The dining room being located on the first floor provides an elevated view for the guests whilst contemplating their days activities.

Keswick is the principal tourist centre for the northern half of the Lake District National Park, now also a World Heritage Site, and is positioned on the northern shore of Derwentwater, surrounded by spectacular scenery. Keswick is a thriving and popular tourist location with a busy tourist season that now extends throughout the year. Keswick is also host to many established events, which provide a boost to trade. These events include, the Film Festival, Words By The Water Literary Festival, Jazz and Beer Festivals, Mountain Festival and a host of other Sporting Events as well as the Christmas Fair, Light Switch On and New Year in the Town Square. Keswick is also home to the famous Theatre By The Lake.

Dolly Waggon offers six well-appointed en-suite guest bedrooms all equipped with individually controlled thermostat radiators, flat screen televisions and hospitality trays. The building is equipped with fire doors, emergency lighting and well maintained integrated fire alarm system, call points and sounders on each floor. As well as gas-fired central heating the property is double glazed throughout. All en-suites comprise hand basin, shower and WC and all have electric showers and fans fitted. In bedroom 4, the hand-basin is located within the room.

Entrance Lobby:
Wooden outer entrance door with window above, leading into entrance lobby with dado rail and inner double glazed door with window above. Leading intoHallway
7.2m x 1.90m (23’6” x 6’3”) max, incorporating attractive staircase with wood panelling. Spacious reception hallway with corniced ceiling and archway. Dado rail, radiator and white panelled doors to the rooms. Stairs to first floor.

Large bright private lounge 6.40m x 5.18m (21’ x 17’) max. With wooden double glazed square bay window and smaller double glazed window to front. Corniced ceiling and ceiling rose. Two radiators. Telephone point. Built in storage cupboard

Bedroom 1:
King Size en-suite bedroom 4.57m x 4.19m (15’0” x 13’9”) max. Feature tiled fireplace with wooden surround and built in shelved storage cupboards to either side and arched recess, corniced ceiling. Open hanging space. uPVC double glazed window to the rear. Radiator. Wired networking point

Private cloakroom.
Door to
Private Bedroom/Living Room:
6.20m x 3.40m (20’4” x 11’4”) max. Built in wardrobes. Private side entrance door. Radiator. Two x uPVC double glazed windows to side
Door to Basement

3.80 x 3.20m (12’6” x 10’6”) max. uPVC double glazed window to rear. With wired networking point.
Office/Play Room.
5.50m x 4.90m (18’0” x 16’0”) max. uPVC double glazed window to front. Multiple wired networking points.

Store Room:
With light and power installed.

High velux window. Glazed door to drying room, housing gas central heating boiler. uPVC double glazed window to side.

Bedroom 2:
King sized double bedroom 3.50m x 3,42m (11’6” x 11.3” max). Built in storage in fireplace. uPVC double glazed window to rear with radiator under. Wired networking points. Private hallway to en-suite: 2.59m x 2.28m (8’6” x 7’6”) max with large walk-in shower. Built in units with handbasin and back to wall toilet. Built in cupboard housing hot water cylinder. uPVC double glazed window to side with radiator under. Loft access in hallway.

With built in linen cupboard and radiator.

Dining Room:
5.10m x 4.26m (16’9” x 14’0”) max. Attractive, light airy dining room with ample built-in storage and serving units along one side including free-standing fridge under. Tiled fireplace with surround and full height built in shelved cupboards to either side. Corniced ceiling and ceiling rose. Radiator, uPVC double glazed window to front. Laminate wooden floor.

3.12m x 2.51m (10’3” x 8’3”). Range of fitted wall and base units offering ample cupboard and drawer storage. Contrasting work surfaces, respatex upstands, plumbing for dishwasher. One and a half bowl sink with mixer tap. Double oven and grill, 4 burner hob and built in microwave. Built in fridge and freezer. uPVC double glazed window to front.

Bedroom 3:
Twin / SuperKing en-suite 4.57m x 4.19m (15’0” x 13’ 9”) max. Feature Victorian cast iron fireplace. Open hanging space. uPVC double glazed window to rear. Radiator.

Half Landing:
With velux window.
With access to boarded out roof space.

Bedroom 4:
Double en-suite 4.57m x 3.18m (15’0” x 12’6”) max. Feature Victorian cast iron fireplace, radiator, open hanging space. Wall mounted vanity unit in bedroom. uPVC double glazed unit to rear.

Bedroom 5:
Twin / SuperKing en-suite 4.87m x 4.57m (16’0” x 15’0”) max. Feature Victorian cast iron fireplace, radiator, free standing wardrobe, uPVC double glazed window to front.

Bedroom 6:
Large Single (4’ bed) en-suite 3.58m x 2.74m (11’9” x 9’0”). Radiator, uPVC double glazed window to front, open hanging space.

At the front of the property us a small enclosed area with seating. To the side of the property is a self-contained yard with 2 gates.
Brick Built Store:
3.12m x 2.28m (10’3” x 7’6”). Slate roof. Power and light installed. Plumbing for washing machine and electrics for industrial tumble dryer. Hanging bike storage for 5 bikes plus extra storage space.

All mains services connected.

The present owners, who acquired the business over 18 years ago, have invested considerably to improve and maintain a high standard throughout.
Dolly Waggon has its own dedicated website, through which reservations can be made and bookings paid for. The business trades below the VAT threshold posting an average annual turnover over the past 5 years of approximately £60,000. Trading accounts will be made available to genuinely interested parties who have already inspected the premises. This is an excellent and well-established business with good repeat bookings. Further information may be obtained from the business website

Offers are invited for the freehold interest in Dolly Waggon Guest House as a going concern with the benefit of forward bookings, goodwill, trade contents (excluding personal items and specific items to be identified separately) and stock at valuation. An inventory of contents will be made available in due course. All offers should be submitted to the Sole Agents, Edwin Thompson Property Services Limited.

Strictly by appointment through the Agents, Edwin Thompson Property Services Limited.

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Quick Summary

Price £475,000
Town/City Keswick
Status Sold STCM
Size (Acres)
Beds 6