Fancy a new career as a toll bridge operator? Then this is the place for you
Well here’s a novelty!
Penmaenpool Toll Bridge, a Grade II listed timber structure, was built in late 19th century by the Penmaenpool Bridge Company to replace the ferry.
It’s still in use and provides a very well used shortcut for motorist and pedestrians over the Afon Mawddach. It’s reckoned to handle 200 cars per day and pulls in as much as £60,000 a year (driver pay £1; walkers 60p).
On the southern end of the bridge is the Keeper’s Cottage, believed to date from 1910. It too is a timber building but has, says the agent, “been extensively improved over the years and now provides a unique living space.”
The business is currently operated on a day to day basis by a small group of toll keepers but if you fancy it you can move into the keeper’s cottage and run the place as an owner-occupier business venture. Alternatively, the cottage could be used as a holiday home or holiday let.
In addition to the cottage you get yer very own toll booth, an office and store, and – how cool is this! – a section of road from the northern end of the bridge to the A496 Dolgellau to Barmouth road.
Snap it up and you can spend your time taking tolls while surrounded by the mountains of Snowdonia and the Mawddach Estuary.
All of which can be yours for a mere £195,000. Which ain’t bad, given that it was initially put on the market for £350,000.