Stunning Former Church Trading As A 4-star Guest House In A Superb Location In Ballater, An Area Boasting Attractive Scenery for Sale
Freehold : £ 649,000
The Auld Kirk is located within the Royal Deeside village of Ballater which lies 42 miles West of Aberdeen amid beautiful countryside in the Cairngorms National Park and is within easy reach of Balmoral, the Scottish holiday home of the Royal family. This attractive and friendly town has many restaurants, cafes and shops, a number of which feature the Royal ’By Appointment’ coat of arms. The village has a primary school; secondary education is at Aboyne. Near-by Braemar, famous for its annual Highland Gathering, draws tourists from all over the world. Ballater has a population of circa 1500. The Auld Kirk is within a few minutes’ walk of the town centre. Aberdeen is the closest City with a full range of social and welfare amenities plus an international airport.
The area in general is a haven for the outdoor enthusiast with a wide and varied range of sporting activities. The region has excellent hill walking and to the south-west of Ballater is Loch Muick from where experienced walkers can head up the prominent mountain, Lochnagar. Ballater is the home of many challenging walks due to the abundance of Munros in the area. In addition there are the on/off road cycling facilities and the ski centres at Aviemore, Glenshee and the Lecht, all within a short travelling distance. For the fisherman, the River Dee is one of the most popular salmon rivers in Scotland and the River Don is famous for its trout. Deer stalking and grouse shooting can be rented in the locality. However, Ballater is a tremendous location from which to base oneself to see a wide area of the Highlands of Scotland whether visiting castles, distilleries or just taking in the unsurpassed scenery.
The Auld Kirk is a most stunning detached property and can only be described as a rare opportunity for those looking to acquire a business with a unique character. A converted church, the building was changed into a hotel in c1983. This extraordinary building is spectacular in that it provides guests with an array of unparalleled experiences from its architectural exterior to the array of charming internal features providing exceptional comfort. In an easy to locate trading location, this well-signposted property provides a most recognisable brand. This tremendous building is also set within an area of world renowned natural beauty making The Auld Kirk an exceptional home and business opportunity.
The business generates a sound turnover but by choice operates just under the VAT level. Income is mainly generated from letting the seven quality en-suite letting bedrooms and superb guest facilities which include a characterful bar with decorative fire and tremendous restaurant offering an ambience seldom seen in such a property. Throughout the property it is evident that the current owners have invested heavily to ensure that they provide an experience of quality and comfort for their guests. From 2006 to 2013 the present owners operated The Auld Kirk as a high-end restaurant with rooms gaining many accolades for the quality of food and service on offer. It was their desire to focus on other interests that led to them closing the bar and restaurant to the general public and re-modelling the business. They now offer a high quality, year-round bed and breakfast and were finalists in the AA Friendliest Bed and Breakfast in the UK (2015). Their passion for the catering aspects of their business however means that from time to time they provide for small private functions. In addition, they offer an ‘exclusive use’ package for up to 15 guests who benefit from a fully catered stay. The business retains its license providing a limited bar service, opening in the early evening only.
The vendors have chosen to operate this wonderful business on a restricted basis to suit their personal lifestyle preferences. They restrict through choice the number of staying guests to retain trade under the VAT level, however, it is estimated that accommodation income alone could generate above £100,000 should new owners wish to trade the business to a higher level. In addition to this there is undoubted potential to reinstate the dining aspects of the business which in the past has generated high levels of income. The vendors would be content to show interested parties their historic trading figures. The present owners undertake their business activities with the support of a small but motivated team. It is the vendors desire to take on new and disparate challenges that brings this tremendous prospect to the market.
||The owner’s accommodation provides a most comfortable and stylish home for the owners. Set to an open plan kitchen, dining area and lounge this living space is a modern and attractive feature of this sale. The kitchen is set with modern wall and floor storage units, an electric hob / oven and a fridge and separate freezer and sink. The dining area and spacious lounge are configured in an ‘L’ shape with an ornate fire place. The owners have a smart double en-suite shower-room with excellent mood lighting. This spacious and comfortable suite of rooms is situated on the ground floor providing for ease of response to customer needs and also benefits from a private access.