Retirement offers unique business opportunity
AFTER nearly 30 years as a cider maker Jill Gillman, 70, has certainly earned the right to put her feet up.
Her imminent retirement offers someone else the opportunity to take over thriving Torre Cider Farm, Torre, Washford, set in stunning countryside close to Exmoor National Park and the Quantock Hills.
Jill said: “It’s a fantastic way of life and I will miss it. There’s a happy band of people who work here.”
Jill will produce around 25,000 litres of cider for her range of Howzat, Sheep Stagger and Tornado varieties. In addition the business also makes apple juice and cider vinegar. It is completely self sufficient with around eight acres of productive cider orchards. Each year Jill has always produced a good crop.
The business began almost by chance. Initially Jill set up a pick your own fruit farm, but after a few poor years due to erratic weather changed tack. Visitors were constantly asking where they could buy “Scrumpy” and so a new business was born.
Investment in an apple press and hogsheads from a distillery in Scotland to store the cider quickly followed. The gamble paid off. Within 10 weeks of making the first cider the entire batch was sold out.
Now the business includes a farm shop and tea rooms and is a popular visitor attraction, sign posted via a tourist sign off the A39, just a mile away.
Six part-time staff help to operate the enterprise. There is scope for a new owner to expand the profitable business. Audited accounts are available to seriously interested parties following an inspection of the property.
The business includes cider barn, outbuildings, a separate craft workshop, visitor attractions and parking.
The owner’s accommodation is an attractive four-bedroom detached barn conversion. In addition there are two apartments, currently let on shorthold tenancies, which generate around £950 per month.
Usefully there is planning permission to build a further visitor attraction building with craft shops and a tea room to complement the existing offering.
Duncan Brown, Partner at Greenslade Taylor Hunt, who are handling the sale, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for a lifestyle change to live and work in a beautiful setting surrounded by stunning countryside close to the sea. The business has been established for a number of years, there are opportunities to expand and there is additional income from the two apartments.”
It is on the market at a guide price of £925,000. For further information please contact the sole agents Greenslade Taylor Hunt on (01823) 334455.