Ashburn House is a most prominent property enjoying an elevated position providing stunning views. This impressive and beautiful detached mansion enjoying intricate cornicing, deep faced skirtings and high ceilings is in keeping with its Victorian origins. The outstanding quality of fixtures and fittings within this most spacious property complement the traditional feel of the business. To fully appreciate this elegant and charming property, viewing in person is highly recommended. The grandeur of its location including mature landscaped gardens and spectacular panorama across the tidal Loch Linnhe to the Ardgour Hills is most outstanding. Not only does Ashburn House offer exceptional guest facilities and most comfortable owners’ accommodation, it also boasts prime roadside frontage overlooking the busy A82, the main west coast tourist route. This imposing house has been impressively refurbished in the hands of the present owners who have invested heavily in both terms of time and finance. The business is now offered for sale in an immaculate condition, so much so that it represents one of the finest examples of the much sought after “self-employment opportunity” available on the market today. Despite the grand stature of Ashburn House and its fine reputation as being luxury accommodation, it is an easily run, profitable home and income lifestyle business. The owners have chosen to trade under the VAT threshold to suit their desire for a work lifestyle balance. The excellent guest facilities and 6 en-suite letting bedrooms have been recognised by being awarded a 4-Star rating by the Scottish Tourist Board.
Adding a warm and friendly welcome to these smart facilities and the tremendous setting results in the highly successful business formula that works so well today. The excellent property, spacious owners accommodation, opulent 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 purely a bed and breakfast basis, now trading seasonally between March and October. Whilst this suits the present owners, there is significant business development potential at Ashburn House. New owners may choose to introduce evening meals which would significantly add to turnover and there is additional space on the second floor of the building which is presently not utilised for trading purposes. The current operation employs a few part-time staff to help maintain the exceptional standards.
The present owners purchased Ashburn House in 2004 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 own trading preferences has resulted in much repeat trade. It is their planned retirement that brings this excellent home and income opportunity onto the market.
Built around 1876, Ashburn House is an elegant detached Victorian villa, stone built under a pitched slate roof. The property has 3 floors plus a basement level and sits in spacious mature gardens.
To the front of the house is the main outer doors which open into the entrance portico with a partially glazed Inner door leading to the spacious reception hallway. The quality and grandeur observed in the hallway is reflective of the excellent level of décor throughout. To the right is the bright and commodious breakfasting room which has beautiful ornate cornicing, a high ceiling and deep skirtings, all reflective of the Victorian origins of this substantive property. The breakfast room offers exceptional views from a bay window across Loch Linnhe as does the resident’s conservatory which is situated through an adjoining door. Used as a lounge, with comfortable sofas and occasional lamps / tables; it is a popular area for relaxing. Stairs lead up from the reception hallway to the first and second floors.
The Guest House has 6 letting bedrooms as configured below. The first floor rooms are accessed from a spacious and bright hallway:
Room 1 - King-size – en-suite shower room
Room 2 - Single – en-suite shower room
Room 3 - King-size – en-suite shower room
Room 4 - Super King-size – en-suite shower room
Room 5 - King-size – en-suite shower room
Room 6 - King-size – en-suite shower room
All bedrooms benefit from modern en-suite shower room facilities with full tiling and modern fitting. The rooms are presented to an exceptional standard and are all very comfortable, attractively furnished, have central heating, television, hairdryer and tea/coffee hospitality trays. Also on the ground floor is a family bathroom.
The house benefits from a spacious well-equipped kitchen and dining room. The kitchen has ample floor and wall mounted storage units and benefits a good range of fitted equipment including fitted cooker, fridge, freezer and dishwasher as would be expected. To the rear of the kitchen is utility room. Within the property there is ample storage for linen etc.
An attractive feature of this property is the spacious basement floor which affords extra amenity space for family use or general storage. Set to three separate areas combining to make a total area of 60m2.
The house sits amidst attractive mature gardens with large areas of well-maintained lawns. Within the grounds is a garden shed and a walled area where the oil tank is maintained. The main drive is accessed off Ashburn Road and is laid to tarmacadam and offers ample private and guest parking.
The house benefits from mains electricity, water and drainage. Hot water and central heating is oil fired. The property is double glazed. The business is fully fire compliant and has an enclosed fire escape from the first and second floors.
The present trading pattern maintains turnover close to the VAT threshold. In addition to a most comfortable home, the business generates a healthy level of profitability. Full figures will be made available to interested parties subsequent to viewing.
Number of bedrooms: 4
The owner’s accommodation is an attractive suite of rooms. The owners retain a spacious lounge on the ground floor with a bay window with the aforementioned stunning views to the Loch. This attractive living space has a feature fireplace and is exceptionally well-presented. On the second floor are 3 double bedrooms and 1 single bedroom plus a family shower room. The second floor rooms benefit from Velux windows and have fully central heating.
Ashburn 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. Indeed, Ashburn House sits opposite the Fort William Yacht Club. Field sports and mountain biking are other popular pursuits and the proximity to Ben Nevis and Glencoe adds skiing to the list. The popularity of the area for winter sports complements summer tourism to drive strong year-round trade where new owners may wish to maximise income or change the trading pattern.
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