The home of one of Gloucestershire’s most successful independent breweries is up for sale for £2.25 million. Holly Bush Farm at Longhope in the Forest of Dean has been the home of Hillside Brewery since 2014, but now the Williamson family, which has owned the farm since 2013, is looking at all the options for the 40 acre farm.
While the brewery itself isn’t included in the sale price, the family could be prepared to sell that too, if a buyer expressed an interest in it.
Peter Williamson, owner of Holly Bush Farm and chairman of Hillside Brewery, said: “We bought the farm in 2013 and have invested heavily. It’s now ripe for its next development phase, and the question is – should we do it or should someone else? Everything is up for discussion.”
The next development phase could be holiday lets (there is planning for some), another barn ripe for conversion and the possibility of introducing camping to the site.
The barn has wedding bookings out to 2023, and Peter is quick to reassure that these are not in doubt. But if a purchaser didn’t want the brewery, then it could be moved elsewhere. It’s very much “business as usual” for the events side of the farm in terms of commercial and residential.
“It all depends on what a potential purchaser wants to buy,” he added.
The commercial space comprises a range of converted agricultural buildings, the majority of which are currently occupied by the award-winning artisan brewery. The accommodation includes a brewing room, bottling room, stores (including chilled), a shop and office accommodation.
The main barn has been fitted out as a hospitality venue to provide a seating area, bar, commercial kitchen and shower and WC facilities on the ground floor with further seating at mezzanine level and on an external terrace.
One of the buildings has been converted for use as a holiday let and the accommodation includes a double bedroom, kitchen/living area, shower room and utility room.
Currently the farm is mostly sheep, with some hay and other grazing.
Peter also owns the highly successful Cheltenham-based software business Enate, which has grown phenomenally since last year, with turnover up more than 50 per cent.
The Enate software enables the integration of people and robots in the delivery of services. “The business sits in the sweet spot of being able to deliver services geographically independent of where they are,” Peter explained. “The business is worldwide, with managing directors in Europe and Asia/Pacific, and with the pandemic the demand for the technology has been very high.”
Despite the pandemic hitting the hospitality industry hard, Peter says that they business has faired relatively well. “But in the current market it’s important to explore all the options,” he added.
Ash Property, the property agents, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to acquire a mixed-use property comprising a range of refurbished commercial space, a substantial 4 bedroom dwelling, holiday let and agricultural land.”