The land occupying the former Countryman pub near Brighstone may finally have a new owner following years of decline.
Situated within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the site which is on the main Limerstone Road to Brighstone is now known as Hoarstone House.
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The pub was closed for indefinitely after bad publicity and fines from magistrates for filling spirit bottles with cheaper alternatives and watering down beer.
In March 2011, after the closure of the once popular pub, a planning application was submitted to demolish it and build three pairs of semidetached houses with parking but it was refused by IW Council.
In February 2013, a second planning application was submitted to the council for alterations and change of use from a public house to a single residential dwelling. To comply with Section 91 of the Town and Country Planning Act, work had to begin on the site within three years of the application being agreed.
The property was put on the market by Isle of Wight politician, Vix Lowthion in October 2018 for £360,000.
Estate agent Spence Willard confirmed the property was under offer but couldn’t confirm for how much.