Under Offer - Rarely Available, Excellent 3-star Stb Licensed Guest House In The Heart Of Fort William Close To The Strategic A82 Tourist Route Substantive Yet Easy To Operate, Exceptionally Profitable, “home And Income” Lifestyle Opportunity Seventeen Quality Letting Bedrooms And Outstanding Public Rooms Benefiting From An Elevated Trading Location Includes Comfortable Owner’s Accommodation And Excellent Amenity Space for Sale
Fort William, Scotland-Highlands and Islands
Freehold : £ 675,000
Guisachan House is an attractive and impressive detached villa enjoying an elevated position with views to Loch Linnhe and the Ardgour Hills beyond.
This substantial property was originally built in the early 20th Century and has benefitted from a number of sympathetic extensions making this a most imposing building which can only be properly appreciated by viewing in person. Mature, landscaped gardens with spacious off-road parking mean that the subjects have a significant property footprint. Not only does Guisachan House offer most comfortable guest facilities and excellent owners’ accommodation, it also benefits from a prime trading location overlooking the busy A82 and close to the Town centre of Fort William. The house has been impressively presented by the vendors and is now offered for sale in a truly walk-in condition. The fixtures and fittings throughout are in generally good order. It represents one of the finest examples of the much sought after “self employment opportunity” available on the market today in that this business sale is supported by excellent trading results providing a generous income and a good return on capital investment. Guisachan House is an easy to run “Home and Income” lifestyle business and under the current owners it operates for approximately 9 months of the year providing a quality of life seldom observed with such businesses. The present owners employ a number of casual part time staff to help with maintaining the high standards of presentation and service. This highly successful business formula that works so well today could provide new owners with a rewarding and sustainable future. The comfortable facilities have been recognised by VisitScotland and the Guest House has been awarded a 3-Star rating.
The excellent property, spacious owners’ accommodation, smart guest facilities and strong trading figures come together to form this well established guest house opportunity. Trade is buoyant and the business operates very profitably on a licensed bed and breakfast basis; income from the bar activities is quite modest. Whilst this suits the present owners, there is significant development potential at Guisachan House. New owners may choose to introduce evening meals which would significantly add to turnover and there is significant capacity to trade year-round.
Guisachan House is situated close to the centre of Fort William, most convenient for guests wishing to walk to the excellent range of nearby shops, restaurants, etc. The town is recognised 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 bird and wildlife. Miles of unspoilt countryside provide terrain to please walkers and climbers of all aptitudes. Sailing, water sports, coastal cruising and fishing are all available locally. Field sports and mountain biking are other popular pursuits and the proximity to Ben Nevis adds skiing to the list. The popularity of the area for winter sports complements summer tourism to drive strong levels of trade.
The present owners purchased Guisachan House in June 2005 and have invested considerably in developing the facilities and trade. Their success has created an enjoyable, rewarding and successful lifestyle. Running the business to suit their personal preferences has resulted in much repeat trade and the forging of many friendships. It is a desire to take on new challenges and reap the rewards of their endeavours that brings this excellent business opportunity onto the market.
Originally built in the early 20th century, Guisachan House is an elegant, detached villa, over 2 floors with a 2 storey detached annex building both under mainly pitched roof.
From the car park, access to the front of the house is via a ramp leading to a protective outer door which opens into the spacious entrance vestibule which leads into the reception hallway. To the left is the bright and commodious breakfasting room which has three distinct levels and can comfortably seat 40 guests. With its multi-aspect windows the breakfast room offers charming views across Loch Linnhe and it is a bright and cheery room. Across the reception hallway is the residents’ lounge with comfortable sofas, chairs and tables; this space is capable of seating 20 guests. This area is split into two distinct areas and is a popular room for relaxing and is where the small bar is located. This cosy room has a large TV and also offers excellent views across to the Ardgour Hills. Through the lounge a corridor door leads to 4 en-suite letting bedrooms. Stairs lead up from the reception hallway to a further 9 guest bedrooms. These coupled with the 4 letting rooms in the Annex make up the 17 guest bedrooms. There is a washroom on the first floor for general guest use.
The guest house currently has 17 letting bedrooms and is configured as follows:
Main Building - Ground Floor
Three doubles with en-suite shower room and one twin with en-suite bathroom shower over.
Main Building - First Floor
Three doubles with en-suite shower rooms, three twins with en-suite shower room and two singles, one triple with en-suite shower room, one single with en-suite shower room and one single with private facilities.
Annex - First Floor
Two twin with en-suite with shower rooms, one double plus bunk beds with en-suite shower room and one triple with en-suite shower room.
In total the Guest House sleeps 35 guests. All bedrooms benefit from modern bathroom facilities and are comfortable, attractively furnished, have central heating, television, hairdryer and tea/coffee hospitality trays.
The present owners occupy the rear aspects of the property with a private access from a secluded patio area The owner’s accommodation is an attractive feature of the sale and extends over two floors. The ground floor has a private lounge and a large double bedroom with an en-suite bathroom. On the first floor there is another double bedroom, a shower room and a further living room. This additional sitting room could be used as a supplementary bedroom if required. Also on the first floor is a private kitchen. This extensive suite of rooms could comfortably accommodate an extended family.
The business benefits from a spacious well-equipped kitchen with an electric Aga cooker. The kitchen is well fitted out with wall and floor mounted units. Throughout there is ample storage with a house keepers room both in the main building and the Annex. The house has a laundry room and a well positioned office facility. There is a larder plus ample other storage. The Annex also houses a double garage and a separate store room which has power and lighting. This facility is often used to securely store guest bikes and other equipment. In this area are drying machines.
The house sits amidst attractive mature gardens planted with a mix of bushes and trees. The rear garden has a large patio area with rising ground with a footpath leading to an elevated position. To the front of the property is a further patio area with a table and seating for guest use. The drive is laid to tarmacadam and offers ample private and guest parking with 14 parking bays. There is a footpath which provides pedestrian access from the main road.
On a trading note, there is clearly an opportunity to increase letting capacity throughout the winter period and to provide evening meal subject to the necessary consents.
Mains electricity, water and drainage. Oil fired central heating. The property is double glazed throughout. The property has a fully integrated smoke / fire alarm system.
Full figures will be made available to interested parties subsequent to viewing.
The business operates a liquor license under the Licensing Scotland Act 2005 and a copy of this will be made available to interested parties post viewing.
Offers over £675,000 are invited for the heritable property complete goodwill and trade contents (according to inventory), excluding personal items. Stock is to be sold at valuation.
The property has an EPC rating of ‘E’.
FINANCE & LEGAL SERVICES
ASG Commercial is in touch with several lenders who provide specialist finance to the hospitality trade. Paul Hart (Head of Agency) will be delighted to discuss your financing requirements with you and make an appropriate introduction. We have a large team of legal experts in-house and can act in all legal matters arising to include conveyancing and licence transfers.
The Guest House is on the northern side of the town and is clearly signed and easily found just off the A82. See Map Insert.
All appointments to view must be made through the vendors selling agents:
20 Church Street
Inverness IV1 1ED
Tel: 0845 4500790
Fax: 01463 711083
All offers should be submitted in writing to ASG Commercial whom purchasers should register their interest if they wish to be advised of a Closing Date if one is set.
||The present owners occupy the rear aspects of the property with a private access from a secluded patio area The owner’s accommodation is an attractive feature of the sale and extends over two floors. The ground floor has a private lounge and a large double bedroom with an en-suite bathroom. On the first floor there is another double bedroom, a shower room and a further living room. This additional sitting room could be used as a supplementary bedroom if required. Also on the first floor is a private kitchen. This extensive suite of rooms could comfortably accommodate an extended family.