Published: 15:29, 30 August 2019
| Updated: 19:25, 30 August 2019
A former popular village pub which closed suddenly has gone on the market for half a million pounds.
The Lighthouse Inn at Capel Le Ferne, between Folkestone and Dover, stopped trading at the beginning of July following a reported dispute with the landlord.
A post on Facebook from the managers after the closure said: "Over the past 18 months landlords have been trying to gain possession of the property.
"As from midday tomorrow there will be 24 hour on site security and concrete bollards at the entrance.
"We have thoroughly enjoyed our seven years here, have made friends and will have happy memories of The Lighthouse."
Now, the building, which boasts views over the English Channel, has gone on the market for £500,000, plus VAT.
It includes a bar with 50 covers, a restaurant with 40 covers, as well as eight letting bedrooms, six of which are en suite.
There is also a garden, accommodation space for both staff and owners and extensive parking space.
The listing states: "The Lighthouse Inn is very well placed to capture both local and international business and leisure trade and there are still many people from all over the world attempting to swim the Channel from Dover every summer."
Simon Bland, of Fleurets, is dealing with the sale and said: "The property is well situated with fantastic road, train and ferry transport links.
"This is a truly unique location and leisure opportunity and could potentially be converted in an outstanding wedding venue."
Customers were left very upset when the pub closed its doors last month.
One commented: "It’s a sad day for Capel and surrounding areas, least of all for all those at The Lighthouse.
"Good luck to you all and thanks for making it a great local facility.”
Another said: "Oh man. I wish I had know this sooner my little girl loves the food here and has been asking to go for weeks but have not had time to pop in. So so sad."
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