Award-winning hotel up for sale at £895k

ON THE CASE: Owners Linda and Barry Kappes.
ON THE CASE: Owners Linda and Barry Kappes.

A family-run four-star restaurant in Assington is to be sold after its owners decided it was time to retire.

Barry and Linda Kappes have been running The Case with Rooms for 28 years.

During this time, the couple have transformed the building from a quiet country pub into an award-winning restaurant.

Mrs Kappes, who turned 65 on Friday, said the decision to sell up was not one they had taken lightly.

“We are at retirement age and it is coming to the point where we are ready to move on,” she said. “We have been here for 28 years and, although we love it, we do get very busy and it can be difficult.”

Mr Kappes, 64, said by selling up they would have more freedom to do what they wanted.

The restaurant, which had seven bedrooms added eight years ago, was recently named among 25 finalists shortlisted for the AA’s Friendliest Bed and Breakfast Award and has just received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

“Things have been going very well lately and we are full at the moment,” said Mrs Kappes, who works as the front of house manager.

“We were so excited to go to the AA awards in London and to be in the top 25 of thousands of bed and breakfasts was very special.”

The restaurant – which comes with owners’ accommodation, private gardens and permission for plans to create five extra rooms – has an asking price of £895,000.

Mrs Kappes, whose husband works in the kitchen with their son Anthony, 30, said after investing so many years of time and effort into the business she wanted it to go to the right person.

“We are going to hold out for a good price and, with the market the way it is, we could still be here a couple of years from now,” she said.

Mrs Kappes said the couple were considering moving abroad.

“I think Barry would like to move to warmer climes but we will see,” she added.