A prominent petrol station on the North Devon Link Road has been sold after strong competition among potential buyers.

Woodside Garage, located alongside the A361 just outside South Molton, has been sold through commercial property agent Charles Darrow.

The Gulf-branded site comprises a small single-storey general store with adjoining three-bedroom bungalow with 1,000sq ft store shed to the rear. There is also a 1,000sq ft modern purpose-built garage workshop with mezzanine storage area, adjoining office and customer toilets.

Woodside Garage was sold on behalf of Morley and Sue Chapple who took over the running of the business from their parents in 1978. The site has been run by the family since 1953.

The new owners are experienced petrol retailers and motor traders, but do not wish to be named at this stage.

Charles Darrow said it received a number of offers for Woodside Garage, which was sold off an asking price of £840,000 for the freehold interest.