Most Impressive Guest House In A Stunning Location Close To Ben Nevis for Sale
Fort William, Scotland-Highlands and Islands
Freehold : £ 520,000
Ben Nevis Guest House is situated 10 minutes’ walk from the centre of Fort William, making it convenient for guests wishing to take advantage of the excellent range of nearby shops, restaurants, amenities, travel links etc. The town is renowned as the “Outdoor Capital of the UK” and with rugged mountains and deep-sea lochs; the area hosts some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery and with it a host of birds and wildlife. Miles of unspoilt countryside provide terrain to please walkers and climbers of all aptitudes. The West Highland Way, which is a 96 mile long distance footpath running from Milngavie north of Glasgow to Fort William, passes directly in front the Guest House. Indeed, Ben Nevis Guest House sits beneath the shadow of Ben Nevis. Mountain Biking is also a popular activity with the Fort William Mountain Bike World Cup being held in June 2016. Sailing, water sports, coastal cruising and fishing are all available locally. Field sports is another popular pursuit and the proximity to Aonach Mòr / Glencoe adds skiing to the list. The popularity of the area for winter sports complements summer tourism to drive potential year-round trade where new owners may wish to maximise income or change the trading pattern. Fort William has a wide range of social amenities including schools, medical facilities, shops, financial services, recreational amenities etc. The A82 is the arterial route which goes to Inverness in the north and Glasgow in the south. Fort William has a rail and bus station.
Ben Nevis Guest House is a most impressive business in a stunning location close to Ben Nevis. Situated on the edge of Fort William, the property boasts some stunning views and is both a great base to tackle Ben Nevis but also to enjoy an odyssey of the wider area. The draw of reaching the summit of Ben Nevis entices many people to Fort William with an estimated 400,000 visitors to Glen Nevis and circa 110,000 people conquering ‘The Ben’ each year. This substantial property is superbly placed to take full advantage of this influx of visitors. Deceptively spacious, Ben Nevis Guest House is presented to the market in excellent condition. The vendors have invested heavily in developing this most attractive detached villa ensuring that guest rooms and the owner’s accommodation are reflective of their high personal standards, providing exceptional service to meet the demands of modern tourists.
The current operators trade on a seasonal basis (March and October) and at a leisurely level to suit their personal lifestyle choices, drawing a balance between business activity and family life. Trading profitably, the 6 letting bedrooms appeal to a broad spectrum of guests as they offer flexible accommodation suitable for the lone traveler to families and groups. The spacious bedrooms and high quality en-suites plus the excellent conservatory breakfast room provides a quality offering. The garden grounds are available for guests to use and there is ample parking. This combined with accessibility to Fort William and a wide range of walks, including the highest mountain in the UK, makes Ben Nevis Guest House an ideal business proposition.
Not only does the property offer exceptional guest facilities but it provides outstanding owners’ accommodation of a quality seldom seen in a property of this magnitude. Ben Nevis Guest House is a must see property. The owners benefit from a private lounge, dining area, modern kitchen, office, large storage area and spacious utility room. In addition there are currently 5 private bedrooms (2 en-suite) and where new owners wanted to strengthen income levels the 2 en-suite rooms could be let as guest accommodation. This potentially makes this an 8-letting bedroom property.
Reason for Sale:
This family operated business is offered for sale in excellent condition, representing a fine example of a much sought after “Home and Income” lifestyle providing a sound self-employment opportunity. The present owners purchased Ben Nevis Guest House in May 2006. Their success has created an enjoyable, rewarding and successful lifestyle generating significant repeat business over the years. It is their planned change of business direction that brings this excellent opportunity to the market.
A modern well-appointed property, Ben Nevis Guest House is an elegant detached villa set under pitched roofing. The property has been extensively modernized and extended by the current owners. The business is well-signposted from the main road. Set over 2 floors and sitting in spacious grounds with ample amenity area for both guests and owners alike, this property will be attractive to a high number of potential purchasers.
Public Areas & Letting Bedrooms:
Guest access to the property is through the portico where a door to the right leads into the charming conservatory which is set as the breakfast room, benefitting from attractive views of the garden. This dining facility can comfortably seat all guests simultaneously. Guests are permitted to use the conservatory during the evening to plan the next day’s adventures. From the portico a further door leads to the spacious hallway giving access to the two ground floor guest bedrooms, the stairway to the first floor guest rooms and a private door leading to the owner’s accommodation. It is evident from the outset that the quality of décor and the standard of fittings within this property is exceptional. A most pleasant aspect is the open design of the first floor landing. There is a convenient linen store on the first floor. The Guest House has 6 letting bedrooms which benefit from modern en-suite facilities and are presented to a very comfortable level. The rooms are attractively furnished, have central heating, television / DVD, hairdryer and tea/coffee hospitality trays.
The house sits amidst attractive well-maintained gardens with areas of decking. The grounds rise to the rear of the property and there is a small enclosed garden, laid to lawn, at the front. There is a covered secure patio area which is used as a drying area plus guests are allowed to store their bikes here. There is a large shed plus an excellent storage facility accessed from the garden within the main structure of the house. The car park is accessed off the main road, and is laid to gravel offering ample private and guest parking.
The Guest House benefits from mains electricity, water and drainage, utilizing LPG gas for cooking and the lounge fire. Hot water and central heating is oil fired. The property is double glazed. The business is fully fire compliant. Of particular note the business areas and private accommodation operate off separate boilers. The business offers free Wi-Fi.
The present trading pattern is under the VAT threshold. In addition to a most comfortable home, the business generates a sound level of profitability. However the vendors believe that new owners wishing to drive turnover could achieved a turnover just below the VAT threshold. Full trading figures will be made available to interested parties subsequent to viewing.
The property has an energy rating of C.
||A most attractive feature of this sale is the spacious and highly flexible owner’s accommodation. Upon entry to the owner’s accommodation it is evident that the quality of finish and the fixtures are of a high standard. The open plan nature of the kitchen, dining room and lounge provides a true feel of space. The kitchen is well-appointed with wall and floor storage units also benefiting from a gas hob plus a full range of appliances. The smart lounge has a gas fire and a private door which leads to the grounds. Off the dining area is a compact office and through a further door is the hallway leading to all remaining ground floor areas and the stairs to the first floor owner’s bedrooms, these areas are enhanced with a real oak floor. Off this hallway is a vestibule, with excellent full length storage, which leads to the rear gardens and decking area plus a further door leading to a well-equipped utility room. The utility room has a door leading outside to the covered patio drying area which is covered to ensure that laundry can be completed in all weathers. The three ground floor bedrooms (2 doubles / 1 single) are serviced by a family shower room at the same level. There is also a store off the lower hallway. Stairs to the first floor lead to 2 double bedrooms which are both en-suite with built in wardrobes. The room to the front aspect has super views along the Glen. These two first floor bedrooms could be utilised as letting rooms should new owners wish to drive turnover to a higher level. This tremendous owner’s accommodation could comfortably accommodate an extended family.