The Laggan Stores Coffee Bothy and Wayfarer’s Rest is an attractive property in a prominent roadside location with the original subjects dating back to 1870. Situated in an exceptional area of natural beauty with a high level of passing trade on the A86, Newtonmore to Spean Bridge Road, this is a truly lifestyle operation. The business caters to a year-round demand from local residents with the addition of strong tourist trade which peaks between Easter and October. The business is the only convenience store within several miles and is well-utilised providing a wide selection of essentials to local inhabitants. Sales items include fresh produce, greeting cards, bakery lines, soft drinks, Calor gas, wood, coal, kindling plus some gift items. The present configuration of the business allows for a comfortable café serving a wide range of beverages and snacks. This charming aspect of the business has a wood-burning stove and tiled floors providing a pleasing ambience. For many people they will recall this well-known property from the BBC hit series “Monarch of the Glen,” and will recognise it as “MacKechnies”, the Glenbogle village shop.
Internally the ground floor sales area and café are arranged in a ‘U’ shape and offer spacious trading space extending to around 70m2. The shop element has a well-appointed kitchen and service area producing a range of freshly prepared items which are sold from the café. There is seating immediately outside the store for walkers and cyclists to take a well-earned rest and some sustenance. The business benefits from a separate building which sits across from the main premises, this flexible asset currently provides a spacious storage facility. Adjacent to this property is a lock-up compound which is used for the storage of gas bottles etc. This property has development potential subject to planning.
An attractive feature of this substantial property is the accommodation which is located on the first and second floors. This spacious 2-bedroom living space is well-presented currently being offered as letting accommodation. New owners may wish to utilise this accommodation for their own private use. There is an office which could make this a three bedroomed home.
The present owners trade the café and shop elements from 9 am – 5 pm opening Tuesday to Saturday only. There is scope to extend the opening hours to drive turnover to a higher level. The letting accommodation is available year round. The vendors purchased the property in early 2014 and it is their requirement to relocate that has brought this property to the market prematurely.
The main property is of traditional construction under a pitched slate roof with accommodation arranged over three levels. A separate building of block construction beneath a pitched roof with secure outside storage facilities is situated across the road to the main building.
From a prominent roadside location in the village, the premises have a well-signed frontage and easy access. The shop has recently undergone an extensive interior refurbishment with tiled flooring and new lighting fitted throughout, the trading area has a good range of flexible fixtures and fittings including free-standing tables and chairs. The shop and café benefits from under-floor heating. The main sales counter is on the right, immediately inside the main entry, providing sensible control of the sales area and facilitating good customer service. To the right of the sales counter is a display freezer selling homemade ice-cream and other frozen goods. Further into the store is a wide range of shelving and merchandise racking. The café element has an attractive wood-burning stove and this coupled with the sensitive renovation makes this a most pleasant and relaxing area. There is a unisex customer W/C with baby changing facilities located towards the rear of the building.
The premises are well laid out to support the trading aspects of the business. There is a well-equipped kitchen area with floor and wall-mounted storage cupboards plus a pot-wash area. There is a separate utility room with a large sink mainly used for cleaning equipment etc. To the side of the building is a lean-to storage facility. However, the main storage area is located outwith the main shop immediately across the road providing considerable utility space. In addition, secure outside storage is available adjacent to this building and is currently used to stock gas, kindling etc.
The business is a substantial property with a large footprint and prominent roadside frontage. Unrestricted roadside parking provides for patrons needs but there is also a car park just along the village road. The business benefits from a supplementary block constructed building with a pitched roof. This detached building has been used as a community facility but could be used for a wide range of business uses subject to consents. This property has power but no water or drainage facilities at present. There is a small steep garden to the rear of the premises.
Mains electricity, water and drainage. Heating is provided by a mix of electric panel heaters and storage heaters. The property is partially double glazed. The Store has an alarm system.
The Energy Rating of the property is ‘G’.
The business trades from 9 am to 5 pm opening from Tuesday to Saturday only. The current trading pattern allows new owners the opportunity to increase trade. Trading figures will be made available to seriously interested parties post viewing.
Number of bedrooms: 2
An attractive feature of the sale is the letting accommodation or owner’s accommodation. Set within the main building, access is gained from a wooden vestibule and stairs lead to the first and second floors. There are two double bedrooms with pitched ceilings and built in storage facilities. The office on the first floor has the potential to be used as a further spacious double bedroom if desired. The office is currently utilised as a store and general utility room. It has an original and working fireplace. Located on the first floor is a full-sized family bathroom with bath and over-bath electric shower with wooden panel finish throughout. An attractive and well-appointed country style kitchen with dishwasher, breakfast bar, stylish extractor fan, fridge and freezer units, washing machine / dryer plus wood work surfaces provide generous cooking and preparation space. The bright lounge features a wood burning stove and dining area, located on the first floor this room benefits from breath-taking views of the surrounding area.
Laggan is situated approximately 45 minutes’ drive from Fort William one way and 30 minutes’ drive from Aviemore in the other direction. Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, is only 56 miles away making it an ideal location for anyone wishing to be centrally located to the 3 main tourism areas and being on a main route connecting them all. The business also benefits from a countryside location with rugged mountains on the doorstep, boasting some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery and natural history.
The region has a host of bird and wildlife which attracts a great many visitors. Miles of unspoilt countryside provides terrain to please walkers and climbers of all aptitudes. Sailing, water sports, and fishing are all available locally. Field sports and mountain biking are other popular pursuits within the immediate environs. Indeed the Laggan Wolftrax mountain bike trails enjoy nearly 35km of the most up-to-date, year-round single-track available in the country. The proximity to Ben Nevis and Cairngorm adds skiing and downhill biking to the list of pastimes to be enjoyed. The popularity of the area for winter sports complements summer tourism to drive solid year-round trade.
The region is also famous for its castles and distilleries. Laggan enjoys a beneficial geographic location as a base from which visitors can continue their odyssey of both the Highland, West Coast and Grampian regions. Additionally, in the vicinity there are many self-catering accommodation providers, hotels and guest houses whose patrons in turn generated trade for the Store and Coffee Bothy.
Is this business home based: Yes
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