A "MUCH-loved" coaching inn overlooking Morecambe Bay has come onto the market for offers over £750,000.

The Bay Horse Hotel at Ulverston has been put up for sale by head chef and owner Robert Lyons, who is retiring after 29 years.

Before taking on the 17th century hotel and restaurant at Canal Foot, Mr Lyons spent 17 years in the kitchen at Windermere's luxurious Miller Howe, with legendary hotelier and chef John Tovey.

“The Bay Horse has become a much-loved and well-supported part of the Ulverston community and its surrounding area," said Mr Lyons.

"We have a good mix of corporate, casual and special occasion dining throughout the year. We have enjoyed a good lifestyle from running the Bay Horse but it is now time to enjoy our home and garden.”

The popular Ulverston venue has nine, light and bright en-suite bedrooms that have been recently refurbished, and a conservatory restaurant for 50 diners with panoramic views of the Leven Estuary.

For sale with business property agent Christie & Co, the Bay Horse also offers owners' accommodation in a detached converted barn, with one double bedroom, a lounge with open-grate fire, kitchen, bathroom and private lawned garden.

Alistair Greenhalgh, director at Christie & Co, said: "Due to its enviable location and reputation for high-quality food, plus the high standard of the guest rooms, we anticipate high levels of interest from a range of potential buyers looking to acquire a profitable business with minimal starting capital required.”

Christie & Co is seeking offers in excess of £750,000 for the freehold interest of the Bay Horse.