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Fire damaged and fully vacant former swan inn' public house, freehold for sale.


The property has been fire damaged but in essence the property comprises a large detached Grade II listed building with red brick facades with the east, south and north elevations finished in render and painted. The rear north-west wing has brick infill between exposed blackened timber framing. The property has frontage to Hook Road and was formerly known as The Swan Inn Public House – the property has lain vacant for a number of years following a fire which has rendered the property unusable and in a fragile state of repair. The property is currently protected with scaffolding and has been encapsulated with protective sheeting.

The building has a long history dating in part back to the 15th /16th Century, almost certainly a timber framed vernacular two-storey cottage which appears to be constructed as a timber frame in 4 x bays with a single pitched roof, hipped to the north and south. The building then extends in an L-shape to form a rear wing which contains a further two bays with a west facing gable at first floor. The House evolved over history and it seems to have been first used as a public house in 1789, a date which tallies with the building of the Basingstoke Canal when it is thought the Pub came into existence to serve the trade using the Canal.

There is some evidence to suggest that the building was historically two bays with a former external gable wall subsequently enclosed - probably late 16th Century/early 17th Century comprising a chamber with large stack to the north-east with a further bay extending south. Much of the timber framing has been subsequently in-filled with brick, at the first-floor level areas of wattle and daub have survived. The building has been altered and extended over the years by way of an extension to the south in the 18th Century/early 19th Century and a final extension, probably early 20th Century, on the south end with a further stack. Between the two wings of the building, a rather utilitarian flat roofed extension has been added providing kitchens and service areas in support of the Commercial (Public House) use.

To the outside front, rear and side, are areas of hardstanding and historically used primarily for customer car parking. The total site area extends to some 0.32 acres approx.

Location: The property is situated in North Warnborough a small Village (population circa 600 persons) situated in the Hart district of Hampshire in the civil parish of Odiham being located less than 2 x miles (3.2 km) south of Hook. North Warnborough is situated a short distance from the M3 motorway and just north-west of the village of Odiham. Communications to/from the National Motorway network are good whilst the larger Towns of Farnham (9 x miles) and Basingstoke (7 x miles) provide a more extensive assortment of shopping facilities and amenities.

Information: The Council stepped in several years ago to protect a neglected and serious fire damaged listed building. After a four-year battle with an absentee landowner the Secretary of State in 2020 finally allowed the Council to take the Swan Public House, North Warnborough into public ownership. Throughout the process the Council at its own considerable expense has protected the building by securing the site, supporting the fire damaged areas, and covering its vulnerable and badly damaged roof.

The Council's actions have preserved this important listed building. The Swan Inn is now being offered for sale on the open market. This will give the opportunity for a specialist purchaser to bring forward detailed and innovative proposals aimed at securing a long-term beneficial use for the former Public House.).


Property Details

The Swan Inn, North Warnborough, Hants, RG29 1EX.

availability of this propertyFOR SALE
price of this property£325,000
size of this property3,000 SQ FT APPROX

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