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The Elephant’s Nest Inn, Horndon, Tavistock, Devon

Public house for sale

£595,000 Guide price


The Elephant's Nest is situated in a spectacular rural location between Okehampton & Tavistock within the Dartmoor National Park. The Inn which dates from the 16th century is beautifully presented throughout and in recent years has been sympathetically extended to improve the owners accommodation and the property now also benefits from three luxurious en-suite letting rooms.

  • EPC: C63

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EPC: C63


The Elephant’s Nest Inn is set in the charming hamlet of Horndon within the Dartmoor National Park. The pub enjoys easy access to the surrounding moor and is popular with walkers and cyclists exploring this part of the county. Horndon is situated approximately 1 ½ miles From the A386 between the historic market towns of Tavistock and Okehampton which both offer a range of national and niche retailers and schooling for all ages. The A30, which is the main arterial route through the county is approximately 9 miles distant.


The Elephant’s Nest Inn is a fine example of an unspoilt quintessentially English 16th Century Inn boasting a wealth of character features such as slate floors, wood burning stoves, exposed beams and sash windows. This unique Public House has been owned by our clients for over 15 years and has undergone a sympathetic programme of restoration and improvement during their tenure. Including landscaping the extensive gardens with a feature of particular note being the sizeable extension which enabled the creation of the 3 superb en-suite letting rooms (one with a private terrace), additional preparation and storage space for the commercial kitchen and expansion of the owners accommodation.

For a further overview of the business and surrounding area please visit our clients’ website

The Business

The Elephant’s Nest is operated by our clients as a husband and wife team with the assistance of a number of full time and part time employees. The Elephant’s Nest has a wonderful reputation for it’s food with our clients priding themselves on using only the finest local ingredients, the Kitchen is overseen by a highly experienced head chef who has been in situ for approximately 3 years. The business is open year round with trading hours of 12 noon to 3pm and 6.30 until11pm, 7 days a week.

The accounts for the year ending 31st July 2018 show a healthy turnover of £330,799. Full accounting information will only be made available subject to a viewing appointment in the usual manner.

The Accommodation Comprises

(all areas and dimensions are approximate)

Entrance Lobby

Ladies & Gents Toilets Doors to;-

Bar Area

Slate flooring, sash windows to the front and side elevations, exposed natural stone walls, wood burning stove, bar stools, tables and chairs for approximately 30 covers.


Electronic cash register, double and single bottle fridges, dishwasher and hand wash basin.

Dining Room 1

Comprising slate flooring, door to front gardens., wood burning stove, tables and chairs for approximately 18 covers.

Dining Room 2

Wood burning stove, tables and chairs for approximately 16 covers.


Wash Up Area

Pass through dishwasher, twin sink and drainer.

Main Kitchen Area

Comprehensively equipped with a selection of fridges and freezers, grill, twin Lincat fryer, gas 6 ring oven, adjustable height salamander, 2 chargrills, stainless steel sink and drainer, hot cabinet, heated pass, stainless steel tables.

Preparation Room

Walk in fridge, stainless steel tables, 4 door counter fridge, shelving and additional fridges and freezers.


Ice machine and hand wash basin.

Laundry Room

Washing machine and tumble dryer.


Letting Rooms

Each of the en-suite letting rooms is beautifully appointed with quality furnishings, tea & coffee making facilities, televisions and luxurious Vispring Super King size mattresses

Bedroom 1

Super King double with en-suite shower room and private courtyard.

Bedroom 2

Super King double with en-suite shower room.

Bedroom 3

Super King double with fitted wardrobe and en-suite shower room.

Owners Accommodation

As part of the aforementioned extension the owners’ apartment was extended and now comprises a spacious open plan lounge/kitchen/dining room with bathroom, 2 double bedrooms and sitting room.


The Elephant’s Nest has spectacular landscape gardens, a large trade car park and an outbuilding comprising bottle store, woodshed and general kitchen store.

General Information

West Devon Borough Council
Kilworthy Park
Tavistock PL19 0BZ
All Enquiries: 01822 813600

Energy Performance Certificate

The Energy Performance Rating for this property is C63.


An Inventory of all loose chattels and equipment, free of any lease/lien, to be included within the sale will be supplied by Miller Commercial prior to exchange of Contracts.

Premises Licence

We understand the business currently holds a premises licence in respect the sale of liquor for consumption on and off the premises.

Business Rates

We refer you to the government website


Prospective owners should make their own enquiries of the appropriate statutory undertakers:
Western Power: 0845 601 2989
South West Water: 0800 169 1144
Transco: 0800 111 999


To be taken at valuation.

Value Added Tax

All the above prices/rentals are quoted exclusive of VAT, where applicable.


If you require advice regarding the Financing of a Business, at no initial cost, please contact us on the number below.

Contact Information

For further information or an appointment to view please contact either:-
Paul Collins on 01872 247029 or via email or
Graham Timmins on 01872 247019 or via email

AGENTS NOTE: Miller Commercial for themselves and for the Vendor/s or lessor/s of this property give notice: [a] These particulars are for an intending purchaser or tenant and although they are believed to be correct their accuracy is not guaranteed and any error or misdescriptions shall not annul the sale or be grounds on which compensation may be claimed and neither do they constitute any part of a Contract: [b] No responsibility is taken for expenses incurred should the property be sold, let or withdrawn before inspection: [c] None of the services or appliances, plumbing, heating or electrical installations have been tested by the selling agent.

Miller Commercial is the trading name of Miller Commercial LLP registered in England and Wales under Registration No.OC373087. The Registered Office of Miller Commercial LLP is Mansion House, Princes Street, Truro TR1 2RF. We use the term Partner to refer to a member of Miller Commercial LLP. VAT Registration No.643 4519 39.

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