Pub for sale: comes with waterfall made famous by naked Kevin Costner

Green Dragon pub

The Green Dragon pub in North Yorkshire is on the market for just £1.5 million. The buyer has a chance to run a profitable business, because there's a visitor centre and guest accommodation included in the price - along with a three-bedroom cottage. There's also a waterfall that's remembered particularly fondly by Kevin Costner fans - which is run as visitor attraction.

Hardraw Force is not only England's highest single-drop waterfall, it's the waterfall where Costner took a naked shower and went for a swim in the altogether - in the 1991 film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. In the film he was watched by Maid Marion, although in real life there's a chance anyone reenacting the scene would make quite a sight for the pub patrons and tourists.

If he gets the asking price, the current owner stands to make a fortune - as he bought the place in 2001 for £375,000, and has spent the time renovating the 13th century pub. He had previously put the pub up for sale without the waterfall, but has decided that it's time to sell the lot.

Pubs for sale

Clearly very few property purchases come with their own slice of movie history, but if you're in the market for a pub, there's an enormous amount of choice on offer. There are thousands on the market, ranging from Grade II listed village pubs to Cornish seafront pubs and late night bars in town centres - and there's an option for almost any budget - most of which are a long way south of £1 million.

And if you love the pub vibe, but couldn't face running the business, you could always opt for a former pub. There's currently one on sale in the East End, which has been converted to 3-bedroom accommodation and will set you back a fraction under £1.5 million.

Alternatively, you could do the conversion yourself. According to Camra, UK pubs are closing at a rate of 27 a week. A combination of tax, the smoking ban, the cost of employing staff, and rising overheads means that as the number of people visiting pubs has fallen - many have failed. It means that an enterprising pub fan may be able to snap up a pub that's ripe for conversion to a family home.

But what do you think? Would you like to own your own pub - and would Kevin Costner make any difference to your answer? Let us know in the comments.


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Most viewed properties of 2015

The tenth most viewed property of the year on Zoopla, was this beauty in Penrith.

It went on the market in August for just £100,000, and the low price and the opportunity for transformation drew in thousands of people looking for a potential project.

This lovely home was the ninth most popular property of the view. Potential viewers were drawn by the opportunity to buy a five-bedroom detached property, complete with a garage and a drive, for just £187,950.

The eighth most viewed property was another relatively new, detached property, with a garage.

This home also boasts four bedrooms for just £197,950

Seventh place is impressive for a property that only hit the market in November.

It's another relatively new detached property with a garage, at the rock-bottom price - of £180,000

The cheapest home in the top ten comes in at number 6. For just £40,000 you get three bedrooms and a garage in Liverpool.

It's no wonder that so many people, who have been squeezed by soaring property prices, are keen to view a property that offers a glimpse of hope.

In fifth place is the first of two mega-expensive homes on the list - and by far the most unusual. This one, in Newport, south Wales, hit the market in February for £1,899 950.

The 1720s hunting lodge and tower had been transformed during an episode of Grand Designs in 2009 - by a couple who added a dramatic glass extension. Thousands of us couldn't resist having a look around.

This swanky new-ish property in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, made number four, despite only going on the market in October.

It ticks all the boxes that have put so many of these properties on the list - being detached, and offering five bedrooms plus a garage.

The price reflects the fact it offers all that - in one of the priciest parts of the country. It makes it the most expensive property in the top ten.

A detached property in Bradford, offering three bedrooms for just £149,950 made it to number three.

It's perhaps unsurprising that it attracted so much interest, because it's one of the cheapest properties in the top ten, and the many thousands of viewers must have been astonished they could get so much family home for their money.

The joint-second cheapest property on the list is the second most viewed property in the country.

It benefited from the fact that it went on the market at the end of 2014, so had plenty of time to attract viewers. However, the appeal of a detached, 3-bedroom house for just £100,000 drew viewers in their thousands.

The number one most viewed property in 2015 was this 6-bedroom farmhouse in County Durham.

It demonstrates that we're a nation of dreamers, drawn by the affordable £175,000 price tag - as well as the huge potential of a six-bedroom farmhouse, outbuildings, almost eight acres of land and planning permission for a wind turbine.

It's no wonder s many thousands of us popped online to dream of a cheaper and simpler life in the country.

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