Penn Commercial lets two units at The Chandlery, Woodbridge

Penn Commercial has successfully let two units at The Chandlery, Deben Wharf, Whisstocks, Woodbridge for use as a high-end interior design store, Happiness at Home, and a wine bar and restaurant, The Boathouse, on a 10-year lease.

The Chandlery forms part of the site of the previous Whisstocks boatyard, which lies adjacent to the River Deben. Located close to Woodbridge’s iconic Tide Mill, the site boasts stunning, expansive views in a highly-desirable location, with easy access to the nearby town.  

Paul Keen, Property Management at Penn Commercial, said:

“This exciting, forward-thinking development has two new occupants, and The Chandlery has really come to life. We are pleased to be acting for FW Properties in securing these tenants.”

Unit 6a, comprising approximately 88.26 sq m (950 sq ft) of internal floorspace, has been outfitted as an exclusive interior design store, Happiness at Home. 

This new business has evolved from the Happiness Store, which was based in Woodbridge town centre for ten years, owned by Joannah Reynolds. The Store has always prided itself on a personal and stylish shopping experience, sourcing and curating collections, always aiming to surprise and delight with distinctive finds for the home and gifts for loved ones.

Unit 6b, featuring ca. 130.06 sq m (1,400 sq ft) of internal floorspace, as well as an outdoor seating area, has been converted into a wine bar and restaurant, The Boathouse.

Emma Cole is thrilled to start her new wine bar and restaurant, The Boathouse, in Unit 6b:

“We opened our doors in early December 2020, after a delay due to COVID. We are delighted with the venue and can’t wait until restrictions are lifted.  

“The area has been calling out for a riverside restaurant, and we are lucky to have set up in such an amazing location. The area has become a popular hub and we hope to build on this in the future.”

Whisstocks boatyard dates back to 1926 and was in operation until the 1990s, building a wide range of dinghies, fishing boats, lifeboats and private yachts over the decades.

The regeneration of Whisstocks boatyard and Nunn’s Mill factory, close to the renowned Tide Mill, has created a number of attractive homes, town houses and apartments, and has also provided much-needed commercial space within Woodbridge.

Award-winning Penn Commercial is your pro-active foundation for success, providing a personal and dedicated service, with over 80 years’ combined property experience in East Anglia. 

Reinforced by unrivalled local knowledge across all commercial property sectors, including retail, business space, logistics, warehousing, industrial, land, investment and development, Penn acts for a range of private and public sector clients.

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