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Hermit Inn at Burley Woodhead For Sale

The Hermit Inn at Burley Woodhead went on sale this week. The lease on the traditional pub, with spectacular views across the Wharfe Valley, will cost £140,000, following the retirement of the current owners Christine and Brian Frost. GA Select, one of those advertising the sale, describes the Hermit as “a classic country hostelry of immense charm and character.”

Hermit Inn at Burley Woodhead

What You Get When You Buy the Hermit

As well as taking over a local landmark in a gorgeous spot, here’s what’s included:

  • Open-plan lounge
  • Dining snug
  • Dining room
  • Three-bedroom private accommodation

The business takes £7,000 to £8,000 per week, split 30/70 between drinks and food.

Hermit Inn at Burley Woodhead Location

The biggest selling point for the Hermit is undoubtedly its location on Moor Road. The big bay window in the bar that looks out over the dale puts on a show more spectacular than anything on the telly. Just like the Cow and Calf down the road, you get the idea the owners could make a fortune by charging punters a quid a time to look at the view and no one would question them.

It’s not difficult to see why so many walkers, cyclists and motorists from all around stop off for refreshments. The Hermit is also popular with locals, with the hike up Moor Lane from Burley-in-Wharfedale being the ultimate excuse for having a starter AND a pudding. You have to replace the energy – that’s basic science. Sort of.

Sign for Hermit Inn at Burley Woodhead

The Hermit History and Name

The Hermit has been a feature of Burley Woodhead for around 300 years and used to be called the Woolpack. Late Countdown host Richard Whiteley was a patron, living as he did nearby.

The pub name honours Job Senior, a local eccentric who lived in a hut on the moor. Senior serenaded crowds of locals who congregated at his “primitive domicile” by Coldstone Beck, above Robin Hole. According to Burley Local History Group, Senior was born in 1780 and worked as a labourer before retiring to his shack on Ilkley Moor. After which, he received donations from those who came to hear his chants.

Senior’s funeral drew a huge number of mourners and he is buried in the churchyard in Burley-in-Wharfedale.

If you want to know more about the Hermit Inn sale, visit Alan J Picken’s website.

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I'm Jim, I live in Burley-in-Wharfedale with my wife, two kids and a dog. This leaves me at least ten minutes a week to write incisive web content.

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