retail Shop And Self Catering Unit for Sale
Scotland-Highlands and Islands
Freehold : £ 450,000
The Town of Alness is set adjacent to the busy A9; the arterial route from Inverness to Thurso. The property is most convenient for guests wishing to walk to the excellent range of nearby shops, restaurants etc. Alness is well served with facilities and services for visitors and residents alike. The location of Morven House ensures that it benefits from the busy tourist season but also profits from the industries based within the region thereby affording year-round business activity. The town is centrally located for exploring the wider Highland area and taking in its many attractions. Inverness, Culloden Battlefield and Loch Ness are all within a day-trip distance. Outdoor pursuits such as bird watching and fishing also draw a great many visitors to the region who take advantage of the abundance of wildlife. Within the Cromarty Firth seals are readily observed and in the Moray Firth dolphins are a great attraction. For the dedicated golfer there are a number of outstanding quality golf courses within the immediate area, the most famous being Royal Dornoch. Castles, potteries and distilleries offer the more leisurely tourist ample places of culture, interest and history to visit. Alness enjoys a very good geographic location and is an ideal base from which visitors can continue their odyssey of Sutherland, Caithness and the West Coast.
Morven House is a substantial and attractive Georgian style Scottish villa dating back to circa 1840. This substantial and elegant stone built property is prominently located on the edge of Alness. Set in an elevated position within extensive mature gardens, this outstanding prospect enjoys a prime roadside frontage with excellent signage whilst also affording ease of access. Currently operating purely on a bed and breakfast basis, the property radiates character and charm, where comfort, service and quality feature highly. Turnover is generated from the six letting rooms and the self-contained 2-bedroomed accommodation unit. The proprietors operate their business effectively to ensure a good level of turnover. There is undoubted potential to trade the business to a higher level and to diversify the business aspects further. In addition to the accommodation units the business benefits from a large utilitarian unit which has been used in the past as a craft shop but could be developed into additional letting units or a café / catering facility.
The current owners have upgraded the property in terms of décor and fixtures and fittings, investing time and finance, presenting the property to the market in walk-in condition. In addition they have also invested in the capital aspects of the property with the upgrade of the drainage system and development of the retail unit. The excellent property, good owner’s accommodation and service areas, attractive guest facilities and established gardens come together to form this attractive, stylish and well established guest house opportunity.
The present owners bought Morven House in Oct 2011 and it has offered them an enjoyable, rewarding and successful lifestyle to date. There is undoubted capacity to increase turnover and therefore profitability through the provision of meals. Another attractive feature of this property is the expansive gardens and additional under-utilised buildings which provide some scope for further development subject to necessary consents. Due to on-going health issues the proprietors have chosen to bring this excellent home and income opportunity prematurely to the market.
||The owner’s currently make use of a large bedroom with a modern spacious bathroom on the first floor. Additionally, there are a further two bedrooms, ideal for an extended family. The modern large country-kitchen is a most attractive feature of this property with an area for dining and excellent storage. It provides amply work-space, meeting both business and personal requirements. There is also a large utility room with good storage and a W.C. for family use.