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SOLD - Screech Owl Widlife Park, Goss Moor, St Columb, Cornwall

Leisure for sale



An opportunity to acquire one of Cornwall's multi Award winning and well known and loved tourist attractions. Located in mid Cornwall Screech Owl Sanctuary and Wildlife Park is set in c. 10 acres and has been established for c. 30 years, which is now being sold due to retirement. The Park is extremely well serviced to maximise the experience, shows consistent sales and profits. Complete with a renovated and extended Farmhouse to provide up to 4 bedrooms or 3 with a self contained annexe / holiday let. In every sense a rare opportunity.

  • EPC: F34

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The business is located in central Cornwall close to the main arterial trunk road, the A30, connecting East and West Cornwall, therefore making this an ideal location and being close to several major towns, Newquay and St Austell. The business is directed off the A30 via brown signs, synonymous with leisure attractions.

The Properties

We understand the property and land dates back to the 1500’s, when it was a small working farm, complete with a working yard and dairy, The property has been re-modelled and extended over the years, most significantly in the 1980’s with the addition of the annexe / holiday let. The most recent addition to the business is the Wise Owl Information Centre, completed in February 2017, a superb high timber building for indoor animal display and events/functions.

The Business

Screech Owl Sanctuary is an award winning attraction, which can be viewed on our clients website Established in 1990 and on this site since 1994 our clients have built a reputation for a well known and highly regarded visitor attraction. The business trades from February to October half term, from 10:00 to 17:30 in peak summer, 7 days per week, with reduced hours out of the main season.

The business is operated by our clients and a team of four full time and up to seven part time / seasonal staff.

In terms of the trade, the Trading Profit and Loss Account for the year end September 2018 show Net Income of £307,995, with a Gross Profit level of 87% and an EBITDA of £81,042 (after deducting all overheads and wages of £131,341, equating to 40% of net turnover). Further Accounting information will be made available to interested parties in the normal manner.

Buildings Summary

Reception / Shop : 9.20m x 6.05m, stone floor, ample space for display of merchandise and serving counter. Behind a store area of 9.17m x 1.85m.
Wise Owl Information Centre : 18.31m x 9.23m, a superb building completed in February 2017 to a very high standard.
Animal enclosures for Goat; Meerkat; Emu; Donkeys; Alpaca ; Racoon ; Shetland Ponies ; Geese and Duck.

Aviaries ; advised 65 in number of timber construction allowing the public to view and with several covered areas for handling around a central lawn area for staff led displays.

Cafe (t/a ‘tiggy’s)

11.41m x 8.72m (overall, including the kitchen) : A detached building located near several walkways and lake, a very attractive 50 cover tea room and cafe, windows to two sides. Kitchen equipment.

Outside terrace.

Children’s play fort, swings, and trestle tables make this an ideal picnic / dining area.

NB : This is currently operated by a third party, under a Tenancy at Will, which will be yielded up to the purchaser on Completion. We are not in receipt of the trading performance.

The Land And Parking

We understand the site extends to approximately 10 acres of predominantly level ground (to be verified by interested parties, copy of site plan available upon request). The site comprises a private sweeping driveway to the rear yard giving access to the house. Car parking (with the over-spill field) for up to 200 vehicles.


It is considered a part of the fields in the NW part of the site could be suitable for ‘leisure related’ tourism, such as caravan / camping / lodges etc, our clients have not explored this and are not seeking Conditional Offers based on this assumption.

Owners Accommodation : ‘trewin Farmhouse’

From side of property and from the garden into the entrance porch leading into:-

Living Room

5.71m x 4.79m : A beautiful room with an recessed traditional hearth and fireplace with an inset multi fuel burner. Exposed ceiling beams and wall lights. Windows to the front overlooking the garden. Radiator.

Kitchen & Utility

6.16m x 2.20m : A well appointed and refurbished kitchen with matching base and wall units, recessed 5 ring gas stove and oven with extraction over. Slate floor and exposed ceiling beams. Windows to two sides overlooking the rear yard. Door to the Utility Room 3.25m x 2.35m : Windows to three sides, slate floor. Door to the yard, serving as the rear entrance to the property.

Dining Room

4.81m x 3.39m : A well appointed room with ample space for a dining table and chairs, window to the front overlooking the garden. Stairs to the first floor, blocked up door giving access to the Annexe / Holiday Let. Radiator.


3.23m x 2.27m : A very well appointed and recently completed Bathroom with separate shower, finished to a very high standard, including under floor heating with a slate floor. Low level WC and wash hand basin. Windows to the rear elevation. LED lighting.

First Floor Bedrooms

Bedroom One 4.94m x 3.31m : Window to the front, built in wardrobe, radiator.
Bedroom Two 4.81m x 2.62m : Window to the front, built in wardrobe, radiator.
Bedroom Three 3.16m x 2.87m : Window to the front, radiator. Previously interconnected to the Annexe / Holiday Let.

Landing : Access to loft.

Annexe / Holiday Let

This part of the property was previously used by our clients as part of the main house, connecting at ground and first floor level and can of course be re-instated if required. Or, as our clients have done so, can be used for relatives or a holiday let as a stand alone unit, with its own entrance and garden area.

Lounge, Kitchen And Dining Room

5.98m x 4.90m : A well appointed room with ample space for relaxing, cooking and dining. Door and windows overlooking the garden. Radiator.

Bedroom (en Suite)

Stairs to the first floor, (same footprint as below) Bedroom and Shower room; a well appointed and spacious room with windows to the front and sizeable shower room, low level WC and wash hand basin. Radiator.

Owners Accommodation Garden

To the front of the main house and annexe / holiday let is a sizeable lawned garden with much privacy.

Additional Photos

NB – Internal photographs of the ‘Trewin Farmhouse’ and Annexe / Holiday Let are available upon request.

Outside / Rear Yard

Office 3.53m x 2.02m : Window to side, space for two desks and filing etc
Static Caravan (approx 28ft x 10 ft), used by staff
Allotment / Kitchen Garden / Log Store / Greenhouse
Shed : 5.93m x 2.59m, power and light
Food Room : 4.3m x 4.21m, power and light, windows to two sides.
Store / Workshop : 10.94m x 5.19m, power and light.
Owl Hospital : 10.57m x 5.07m, tiled floor, windows to the front, defined areas for owl rehabilitation.

General Information

Cornwall Council
General Enquiries 0300-1234-100
Planning 0300-1234-151

Energy Performance Certificate

The Energy Performance Rating for this property is F34. Copy available upon request.


The property has a ‘Licence To Operate A Zoo’ issued by Cornwall Council on 11th October 2018 for 10 years, Licence Number LI18_006704, copy available upon request.


An Inventory of all loose chattels and equipment, free of any lease/lien, to be included within the sale will be supplied by Miller Commercial prior to exchange of Contracts.

Business Rates

We refer you to the government website


Prospective owners should make their own enquiries of the appropriate statutory undertakers:
Western Power: 0845 601 2989
South West Water: 0800 169 1144
Transco: 0800 111 999


To be taken at valuation.

Value Added Tax

All the above prices/rentals are quoted exclusive of VAT, where applicable.

Finance Information

If you require advice regarding the Financing of a Business, at no initial cost, please contact us on the number below.

Contact Information

For further information or an appointment to view please contact :-
Graham Timmins on 01872 247019 or via email

PLANS: Plans and maps reproduced under Ordnance Survey Licence No LIG1179. Not to scale and for identification of the property only. They are not intended to show actual site boundaries and not guaranteed to be accurate.

AGENTS NOTE: Miller Commercial for themselves and for the Vendor/s or lessor/s of this property give notice: [a] These particulars are for an intending purchaser or tenant and although they are believed to be correct their accuracy is not guaranteed and any error or misdescriptions shall not annul the sale or be grounds on which compensation may be claimed and neither do they constitute any part of a Contract: [b] Any intending purchaser or tenant must satisfy him/herself by inspection or other wise as to the correctness of each of the statements contained in these particulars; [c] No responsibility is taken for expenses incurred should the property be sold, let or withdrawn before inspection: [d] None of the services or appliances, plumbing, heating or electrical installations have been tested by the selling agent.

Miller Commercial is the trading name of Miller Commercial LLP registered in England and Wales under Registration No.OC373087. The Registered Office of Miller Commercial LLP is Mansion House, Princes Street, Truro TR1 2RF. We use the term Partner to refer to a member of Miller Commercial LLP. VAT Registration No.643 4519 39.

VIEWING: Strictly by prior appointment through Miller Commercial.

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