AN historic 16th century Cheshire hotel has been put up for sale just weeks after the owners went into administration.

The Vicarage at Cranage is on the market with Christie & Co for £2.5 million.

Flat Cap Hotels collapsed last month after being hit by inflation and economic challenges.

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Brothers Oliver and Dominic Heywood founded the company in 2015 to ‘safeguard and cherish’ Grade II listed venues in Cheshire.

Knutsford Guardian: Plenty of space to sit and relaxPlenty of space to sit and relax (Image: Christie & Co)

The Courthouse, the former Knutsford Crown Court building, that was transformed in a cocktail bar, restaurant and boutique hotel closed.

The company’s other two businesses The Vicarage and The Bridge in Prestbury remain open.

The affairs, business and property of the company are being managed by joint adminstrators Gareth Prince, Mark Malone and Julian Pitts of Begbies Tryanor.

Knutsford Guardian: The conservatory has seating space for 45 guestsThe conservatory has seating space for 45 guests (Image: Christie & Co)

Originally, a vicarage, the main three storey property dates back to the 16th century and is Grade II listed.

Over the years, it has been extended with a modern bedroom block at the back, which provides most of the 23 bedrooms.

Knutsford Guardian: The Vicarage is a popular coaching innThe Vicarage is a popular coaching inn (Image: Christie & Co)

A detached two-storey Mill House has also been built and was due to be converted for long stay guests.

The hotel has a foyer with a fireplace and seating area which leads into the main bar.

Knutsford Guardian: There are 23 bedroomsThere are 23 bedrooms (Image: Christy & Co)

A conservatory beside the bar can seat 45 guests and 80 standing.

The games room is a private dining room for up to 25 guests seated and up to 40 in a reception format.

Knutsford Guardian: A terrace and children's play area outsideA terrace and children's play area outside (Image: Christy & Co)

The various areas can be adapted to host a variety of events from wedding receptions and ceremonies to banquets and private dining.

The Vicarage has a wedding licence and ceremonies are authorised to take place in the games room, the library, the main restaurant and the conservatory.

There are 23 bedrooms, including two superior suites and one larger executive room with a four poster bed.

A further four unfurnished rooms are currently not in use.

The property has approximately 40 car parking spaces.

Knutsford Guardian: The hotel has parking for 40 carsThe hotel has parking for 40 cars (Image: Christy & Co)

A raised terrace with seating and a children’s play area provides additional space for customers outside.

This area is served by an external mobile bar.

The property is a popular coaching inn and hotel on the busy A50 between Knutsford and Holmes Chapel.