6 letting rooms (3 en-suite)
2-bed owner’s accommodation
Close to the city centre
Main tourist route
Easily managed business – no staff required
Offers Over £395,000
Cedar Villa is a long-established guest house and has been run by the current owners for approximately 10 years. Over this time it has developed an excellent reputation for comfortable accommodation with a ‘home from home’ service. The business can be easily run by a couple, without the assistance of any additional staff, and is being placed on the market as the owners now wish to retire from the trade.
Located just 5 minutes from the main city centre of Inverness it attracts a diverse clientele including tourists, business contractors, salespeople and guests visiting the university. This eliminates reliance on one specific sector and allows the guest house to trade all year round. The peak trading season is from April to late October, during which time the business can trade at near 100% occupancy.
The 6 letting rooms (4 en-suite and 2 with a shared shower room/wc) are in excellent order, and have a combined total occupancy of 17 guests per night. Prices range from £35pppn, with all prices including a ‘hearty Scottish breakfast’ or continental option. Evening meals are served on request, an area that could be developed by new owners.
The business has a strong online presence, advertising both on their own website (with booking facilities) and many other sites including: Booking.com, Laterooms and Expedia. On all of these sites, Cedar Villa has superb customer reviews and enjoys a 4.5 star rating on TripAdvisor.
The hospitality industry remains a high value and sustainable sector in the area, with Inverness being the gateway to many of Scotland’s major tourism destinations. Demand for short, weekend and city break accommodation is high and Cedar Villa is ideally situated to take full advantage of this.
Cedar Villa occupies a great trading position on Kenneth Street, which connects to the busy A82 tourist route, and offers excellent visibility and frontage. The surrounding area has further commercial uses and a number of residential dwellings, with a number of additional attractive Victorian buildings. Inverness is commonly regarded as both the commercial and tourist capital of the Highlands and provides a great range of amenities, shopping facilities and leisure services for tourists and locals alike. The city centre can be reached in 5 minutes. There is a global market for tourism in Inverness and the surrounding Highlands and as such many visitors seek accommodation within the city. Attractions on offer in the region include the Whisky Trail, Loch Ness and many historical points of interest. Perhaps the most enticing feature for the global tourism trade is the exceptional scenery on offer in the surrounding area, ranging from sandy beaches to striking mountains and lochs. Transport options are excellent, with Inverness having a central railway station offering direct transport across Scotland and a dedicated sleeper service to London. Inverness airport 8 miles to the north-east of Inverness offers a number of domestic and European flights, whilst the A82 and A9 both offer direct routes to the North and South.
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