Norfolk’s most remote pub - the Berney Arms - could be yours for £140,000

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berney arms - Credit: Archant

Accessible only by boat, train or a five-mile trek across the marshes, one of Britain's most remote pubs could be yours when it comes up for auction next month.

The Berney Arms pub on the edge of the River Yare surrounded by Halvergate Marshes and very remote.

The Berney Arms pub on the edge of the River Yare surrounded by Halvergate Marshes and very remote. The Berney Arms windmill. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2014

The Berney Arms pub on the Norfolk Broads has been put up for sale along with two former wooden lodges, two static caravans and various other buildings situated on the Broads alongside the River Yare.

All together they have been up for sale at a guide price of £140,000 to £160,000 at an auction on June 9.

The auctioneer's property listing states: 'The premises benefit from moorings and land extending to approximately 14 acres.

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berney arms - Credit: Archant

'The property has suffered smoke damage and requires refurbishment throughout and could offer various business and holiday opportunities subject to obtaining the relevant planning permission.'

The pub was closed in 2015 and the owner proposed to turn the pub into a private house, but planning permission was refused by Broads Authority planners.


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The inn, on the River Yare, which is only accessible by boat, train or a five-mile trek across the marshes, has been in the hands of several owners, but decreased river traffic and plummeting profits prompted the owners to consider change.

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berney arms - Credit: Archant

Overlooking Breydon Water, the pub used to be at the heart of a thriving community, with agricultural workers and wildfowlers based in the area, and the reach being an important stop-off for river traffic trading between Norwich and Great Yarmouth.

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Yet while there are plenty of moorings for boats, it is hard to access.

The nearest road is the Acle Straight, or you can walk two-and-a half-miles across the Halvergate Marshes or request a stop on the Norwich to Yarmouth rail link at the Berney Arms halt.

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berney arms - Credit: Archant

Its remote location was part of its charm for many, but its owner Raymond Hollocks said last year he had exhausted every option to keep the business open after it failed to sell.

The pub took its name after the landowner Thomas Trench Berney who owned the Rheedam Cement Works located at the Berney Arms Windmill.

The collection will go under the hammer on June 9, at 11.30am at the Barnham Broom Country Club.

•For more information on the auction, contact William H Brown auction centre on 01603 598975.

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