Substantial And Functional Visitscotland 3-star Quality Guest House Set Amongst Stunning Scenery Within The Beautiful Loch Lomond And Trossachs National Park for Sale
Freehold : £ 295,000
The village of Crianlarich is at the junction of the A85 and A82 providing easy access to Glasgow, Perth, Oban and Fort William thus making Glenardran House a perfect location from which to undertake an odyssey of the West Highlands. Crianlarich is also set at the North-Western extent of the beautiful Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. This strategic location ensures that the area is supported by a large influx of visitors in the main trading season plus a steady through put of business travelers and winter tourists during the quieter months. The property is surrounded by an abundance of breathtaking scenery. The village is situated beneath several Munro peaks, including Ben More, Stob Binnein and Cruach Ardrain. There are 50 Munro’s within 1-hours’ drive, therefore, providing a number of walking and climbing opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. Glenardran House is close to the West Highland Way, one of Scotland’s best known walks, which runs from Milngavie in the South to Fort William in the North. The halfway point of the walk is at Tyndrum making Crianlarich an ideal place to have an extended rest. The wider region offers a great many activities from fishing to skiing, sailing to golf etc.
The Guest House is convenient for guests wishing to walk to the nearby shop, pub, restaurants etc. There is a railway station in Crianlarich which offers some of the most beautiful train journeys in Scotland plus the sleeper train to London can be taken from the village. There is primary schooling in Crianlarich with secondary education in Callander.
Glenardran House is an attractive Victorian Scottish villa dating back to circa 1895 and was initially built as the Station Masters House for the Oban to Callander line. This impressive elegant stone built property is prominently located on the A85 in the popular village of Crianlarich. Set with views to the front over the rolling countryside this thriving business benefits from a rural location but within the village community. Its prime roadside frontage with excellent signage provides an easy to locate establishment benefitting not only from pre-booked accommodation but also good volumes of passing trade. The business trades purely on a bed and breakfast basis generating a positive level of turnover from the five en-suite letting rooms. The proprietors operate their business highly effectively to ensure a good level of turnover but through choice only trade for 8 months of the year. In addition there is a further standard bedroom which could be used for letting purposes. There is undoubted potential to trade the business to a higher level with year-round trading and utilizing the 6th bedroom.
The current owners have maintained the fabric of the property but accept that in terms of décor new owners may wish to upgrade rooms etc. However, the business trades with a VisitScotland 3-Star rating and as such could be operated by new owners on a turn-key basis. The attractive property is presented in generally good condition combined with excellent trading prospects, spacious owner’s accommodation and service areas, making this well-established guest house a much sought after business. There is no doubt that this property presents an excellent prospect for first-time buyers or a mature couple looking to imprint their own style and personality on an already successful business.
The present owners bought Glenardran House in 2005 and it has offered them an enjoyable and rewarding lifestyle to date. It is their desire to relocate closer to family and downsize that brings this property to the market.
The main aspects of the property are of traditional stone construction presenting an attractive and detached Victorian villa under a slate roof with a flat roof extension to the rear under sheet metal profile roofing. The property is set over two floors with guest letting accommodation occupying the whole first floor with the owners and service areas on the ground floor.
A generous parking area to the front leads to the main entrance into which guests enter into the vestibule with its original Victorian tiling. An inner glazed door opens into the spacious hallway which forms the main reception area for the guest house. The initial impression gained on entry to the property reflects the age and style of this attractive building which possesses a number of original features including ornate cornicing. To the left of the reception hallway is a bright and commodious breakfasting room. Set to 10 Covers and with soft furnishing this spacious area is also used by guests as a sitting room. With its large bay window it provides a restful area with stunning countryside views to the front. Stairs with their original wooden balustrade lead to 5 en-suite bedrooms on the first floor.
Glenardran House currently has 5 letting bedrooms configured as follows:
Room 1 - Twin en-suite with shower room
Room 2 - Double with en-suite bathroom with shower over
Room 3 - Single with en-suite shower room
Room 4 - Family (double and single) with shower room
Room 6 - Family (double and single) with shower room
The two family bedrooms have views to the country side at the front. These rooms offer a great deal of flexibility in trade as they can be used for families’, doubles or twins. All bedrooms benefit from en-suite facilities and are comfortable, with controllable central heating, free-view television, alarm clocks, hairdryers, plus tea/coffee hospitality trays. The rooms are attractively furnished and decorated to a good standard.
Glenardran House is a substantial property and benefits from a prime roadside trading position. There is parking for 7 cars; ample for business needs and owners use. The areas to the front of the property are mainly laid to gravel for ease of maintenance. There is a large patio area and grounds to the rear of the property. There is a large timber shed and a garage.
The subjects benefit from mains electricity and water with a septic tank for drainage. The boiler and central heating is LPG gas fired. The property is double glazed throughout and has an integral fire alarm system.
||An attractive feature of this sale is the private accommodation which is self-contained with restricted access for guests, all located on the ground floor. The owner’s currently make use of a double bedroom with a bathroom on the ground floor set to the rear of the subjects. In addition there is an office which could be used as a second bedroom or additional lounge area. The spacious owner’s lounge is presented to a comfortable standard and is situated to the right of the reception hall facilitating easy reception of guests. The lounge has superb views to the front of the subjects and boasts an open fire. The large country-kitchen, also set to the rear of the property, provides a most functional work area and has a larder. It provides ample work-space, meeting both business and personal requirements. There is also a utility room off the kitchen with a door leading to the enclosed patio area and garden. The business has ample storage.