Beautiful Hotel/Wedding Venue

Axminster, Devon

Ridgeway InnSmallridgeAxminsterDevonEX13 7JJView Map

The Ridgeway Country Hotel is a fantastic Hotel/Wedding Venue and Eatery which is ideally situated in the tranquil East Devon countryside. This lovely property has been refurbished to a high standard and benefits from 5 luxury bedroom suites (one being an apartment), a 70 seater dining area, a function room for approx. 80 with a bar and clay pizza oven, a large professional kitchen, a beautiful hotel garden equipped with a covered structure for weddings and includes a very large car park. It is a successfully owner operated business with part time assistance when required. It is currently open for only 6/7 months per year because of lifestyle choice. This is the first time Ridgeway Country House has been for sale in the last 30 years.


Located on the outskirts of Axminster, Dorset, which is a beautiful market town set on the River Axe within the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Axminster is filled with traditional charm and character, with its quaint villages and unspoilt countryside. It is just a few miles inland from the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site making this location the perfect place to unwind and get back to nature. With excellent road and rail links to London and Exeter and the immediate popular and vibrant town of Axmister itself.


Ridgeway Country Hotel has been successfully owner operated for over 30 years and is now being placed on the open market for the first time in that period. The business has evolved over the years and has generated impressive trade as a wedding venue and function space. Moreover the eatery, bar and hotel room trade has helped it earn a fine reputation from locals and visitors alike. Only trading 6/7 months per year, there is an all year round demand to trade, opening for more months of the year coupled with improved marketing, possibly involving social media, would expand the already impressive income. Over the last few years the owners have scaled back their trade and we the agents feel there is tremendous scope to expand the business.


Entrance through a solid door to:


With tiled flooring and door to:



10.43m x 9.23m

A lovely large space with a central impressive turning staircase to upper floors, bespoke reception counter and a dining area benefitting from 8 tables and chairs for approx. 30 covers, 1 double sided wood burner, 1 gas effect fire place, pizza clay oven and four windows to front making this space light bright and airy.


Within this dining area is a bespoke half-moon shaped bar which has been comprehensively equipped with beer pumps, glass display chiller cabinets on the back wall, epos till, bean to cup cappuccino machine, an array of spirit optics on the back wall, glass washer, under the counter fridges, an array of comfortable seating and bar chairs.


8.08m x 5.81m

Immediately to one side of the bar area is an archway to the second dining room / function room which has an additional 8 tables and chairs for 35/40 covers together with gas effect fire and dual aspect windows to front and side.


3.97m x 3.81m

This is an additional dining area just off the main bar which is both cozy and very intimate. Befitting from one larger table and chairs for approx. 6/8 covers.


5.35m x 1.60m

This area is just off the second dining room and acts as a store room with function tables chairs, and also has a built-in cupboard with a gas mounted central heating boiler.


With two cubicles and separate hand wash facility


With two urinals, one cubicle and separate hand wash facility.



3.54m x 1.46m

An air-conditioned room for all beers, wines, general drinks and also has a python system servicing the pumps in the bar.


4.47m x 1.46m

This room has a comprehensive array of shelving for general storage.


9.66m x 4.64m

A professionally laid-out kitchen which has been comprehensively equipped with the following;

1 commercial dish washer

2 stainless steel prep tables

2 freestanding stainless steel sink and drainer

2 upright fridges

2 upright freezers

1 chest freezer

2 table-top deep fat fryers

4 large plate warmers

3 carvery bain-maries cabinets

1 six pot bain-maries

1 six ring gas cooker and double oven

1 true fridge prep counter

1 stainless steel large extraction system

An L-shaped breakfast counter for the preparation of tea’s, coffees and general prep.

This kitchen is large but well laid out for the ease of preparing either smaller or large amounts of meals.



13.67m x 6.60m

A beautiful large space with a magnificent maple flooring which can be used for skittles. This room benefits from a vaulted ceiling and because of its size it could easily accommodate 80 persons plus for conference or general functions.

To one side are two very large windows overlooking the countryside which makes this a wonderful function-room.


All rooms have recently been refurbished and individually decorated to a very high standard. They all feature contemporary furniture and are equipped with impressive ensuite facilities. All rooms have hospitality tray, hairdryers, flat screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, mobile phone docking station, bedside tables, chest of drawers, wardrobes and are decorated to a very high standard.


The Cherry room is sumptuous, decorated in a late Victorian Bohemian style, with bespoke bedroom furniture made from solid cherry wood, and includes a king size bed. The piece de resistance is the en-suite bathroom. A free-standing, Victorian style, roll top bath, with rain shower over, low level WC and wash hand basin


The Ash Room is a stylish contemporary bedroom which has been bespoke made from solid ash and enjoys fantastic views over the village and into the East Devon countryside. The en-suite bathroom contains a bath with shower over together with low level WC and wash hand basin.


A lovely room which has been designed to a modern standard with a country classic feel and features a comfortable super king-size bed. This is a large room with an excellent view across the valley to Hawkchurch. The en-suite bathroom is benefits from a large bath, shower, low level WC, wash hand basin and includes a real fireplace.


The Oak Room is large space with benefits from three windows looking out on to wonderful views of the countryside. It is decorated in a 1930’s monochrome style with occasional flashes of red. This room contains a super king size bed, modern wall-mounted fire, two seater sofa, two tub chairs. The en-suite is an impressive modern large room which benefits from his and her sink, double walk-in shower, contemporary bath, low level WC and wash hand basin.


A large spacious flat which comprises of a lounge/dining and a simple kitchenette area with a double room and mezzanine flooring with an additional double room space. The bathroom comprises of a bath, low level WC and wash hand basin. This could be used for owner’s accommodation but is currently incorporated into the hotel.


Currently the owners own a three bedroom detached stunning cottage which is only a stone through from the business and available for a guide price of £400,000 however, either the flat or even the 1st floor function room could be used/converted for owner’s additional accommodation.


To the front of the business is a large garden which has been bespoke landscaped in order to accommodate function events and wedding parties. Together with a delightful covered structure which maintains a license for civil weddings. To the side of this enclosed garden is large graveled car park for approx. 40 vehicles and more space available if required.




The property benefits from the following: electricity, gas, water supply, private sewage, broadband and telephone are all connected. None of these services have been tested by the agents Ware Commercial


Please make your own enquiries on the local Valuation Website (VOA) at Valuation Office Agency




All viewings and enquiries to be made through the agents Ware Commercial

Tel: 01803 328880

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.warecommercial.com

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