How about that for high ceilings! Prehistoric caves which formed more than 2.5 million years and has been dubbed ‘Britain’s oldest home’ goes on sale for £2.5 million
- Kents Cavern in Torquay, Devon, has hit the market for the first time in 120 years
A prehistoric cave system, dubbed ‘Britain’s oldest home’, has gone on the market for £2.5million.
The world-famous Kents Cavern, in Torquay, Devon, has hit the market for the first time in 120 years.
The network of caves, featuring a stunning array of stalagmites and caverns that rise almost 24ft high, was formed more than 2.5 million years ago and is one of the most important Stone Age sites in Europe.
Prehistoric man and Ice Age animals have previously called its dank depths home, with the oldest human remains from 40,000 years ago being found there.
Labelled as a UNESCO heritage site, the remarkable natural wonder has been open to the public since the 19th century and has attracted more than 10 million visitors from across the world.
The world-famous Kents Cavern, in Torquay, Devon, has hit the market for the first time in 120 years
At their highest point, the caverns inside the cave system rise to 23.9ft. Pictured is part of the natural wonder, which was formed more than two million years ago
The caves have been owned by the same Powe family since 1903 when current owner Nick’s great-grandfather acquired the site.
Since the cavern’s discovery, more than 80,000 stone age artefacts have been found including a prehistoric upper jawbone fragment believed to be the oldest anatomically modern human fossil yet discovered in north western Europe.
The freehold property, caves and business are being marketed by Bettesworths Chartered Surveyors.
They say Kents Cavern is an award-winning visitor attraction offering tours of the caves, a shop, restaurant/café, visitor centre and holiday let in the heart; a highly profitable year-round business in a beautiful coastal location.
With daytime and evening non weather dependent trading, the business also offers events such as weddings, cinema, Santa’s grotto, underground theatre, yoga, corporate receptions and private hire.
The caves are an essential part of the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark, which celebrates the geological heritage of the area.
Bettesworths says the business is being sold with a strong financial performance record, a dedicated and experienced team of staff, and an established reputation for excellence in customer service.
Included in the sale are the underground caverns, woodland trail, visitor centre and restaurant/café, car park, surrounding land and recently totally refurbished luxury three-bedroom holiday let or owner’s accommodation.
Prehistoric man and Ice Age animals have previously called its dank, high-ceilinged depths home, with the oldest human remains from 40,000 years ago being found there.
The sale expected to generate significant interest from investors, entrepreneurs, operators, the cultural heritage sector and businesses in the tourism industry.
Matt Bettesworth, director of Bettesworths and agent for the sale, said: ‘We are delighted to offer this totally unique opportunity to the market.
‘What a fantastic chance to purchase a very different but hugely successful freehold business with extensive assets, all in a fabulous location, minutes from the beautiful coastline of Torbay and South Devon.’
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