The Kinlochewe Service Station is a prominently located business on the A832 set within the charming village of Kinlochewe surrounded by breath-taking scenery. The Service Station is strategically situated on the Inverness to Gairloch route close to the junction of the road leading to Torridon. This trading situation guarantees a high level of passing trade during the summer season with the many visitors and tourist who come to the West Coast to take in its splendorous scenery. The area is popular with a wide range of visitors who readily utilize the services and retail items on offer through the business.
The Petrol Station has two pumps with 4 fueling points offering petrol and diesel. In addition the retail aspects offers a wide range of motoring sundries plus a range of convenience foods, tobacco, is licensed for alcohol sales and sells a small range of tourist gifts etc. Within the property is a cozy and well-laid out café set to 14 seats; externally the café also has up to a further 16 seats. The Typsy Laird, as the café is known is popular with visitors and locals alike. The business trades year round but by choice the owners do not open the café in the quieter months. During the summer months the Petrol Station is open 7 days a week but between October to April the business closes on Sundays. The business trades successfully generating an income of c£43K and offers prospective new owners a sound business platform to develop the business further. The vendors operate the business as a life-style operation. In addition to the trading aspects this sale includes a fine 3-bedroom bungalow. The business and home are both in walk-in condition so new operators could focus their attentions on developing the business further.
The present owners bought the Service Station in 2003 and have developed it into a popular business. Their 13 years’ operating the business has been a rewarding experience but their planned retirement now brings this attractive business opportunity to the market.
The Trading Property
Kinlochewe Service Station has operated on its current site since the 1960s. The main building which houses the Service Station and Cafe is of timber frame construction, externally timber clad with a profile treated steel sheet roof. Internal aspects of the Service Station are open plan with shelving and racking to merchandise goods. The shop aspects have a number of fridge / freezer units and service counter with till etc. With shelving to the rear of the counter for the sale of alcoholic beverages.
The Café is set internally to 14 seats with a counter from which hot and cold items are displayed. Access to the café is via a ramp which affords access to less able customers. The Café has an electric oven, two microwaves, coffee machines and an array of smaller equipment items.
Part of the main building but accessed from the outside is a disabled w.C. For customer use.
To the front of the service building is a spacious forecourt with four fuelling points. The fuel station has three underground tanks, one 14000 litre unleaded tank and two 7000 litre diesel tanks. There is a public seating area for Café customers accommodating up to 16 people. There are 5 customer parking spaces to the rear of the main building, as well as two spacious store rooms.
By separate negotiation the vendors are prepared to sell their modern two bedroom house. The property sits within its own title adjacent to the garage. With separate access from the main road, this charming property has two en-suite bedrooms and spacious owners’ living space. The purchase of this property would enable the operators of the garage to rent out the existing 3 bedroomed house as holiday accommodation. Full details of this property are available upon request.
Both the Service Station and Bungalow benefit from mains electricity, water and drainage. Oil-fired central heating is provided to the bungalow only. There is no gas.
The energy rating of the Bungalow is ‘D’.
The business has a License in accordance with the Licensing Scotland Act 2005 and a copy of the Operating Plan will be made available to interested parties post viewing.
The Service Station Opens as follows:
Mon to Sat 08:30 – 18:00
Sun 09:00 – 17:00
Mon to Fri 08:30 – 17:30
Sat 09:00 – 13:00
Accounting information will be made available to seriously interested parties subsequent to formal viewing.
Offers over £225, 000 are invited for the heritable property complete with goodwill and trade contents (according to inventory), excluding personal items. Stock at valuation.
Number of bedrooms: 3
Owners House A most attractive feature of this sale is the spacious 3 bedroom Bungalow which is situated to the left of the Service Station and was built c1970. The Bungalow is built with timber framed and concrete blockwork, harled externally with a concrete tiled roof. The property is well-appointed providing a quality family home comprising of an entrance vestibule, utility room leading off to a toilet facility, dining kitchen, large lounge, 3 double bedrooms and family bathroom. The kitchen is well-appointed with units and fitted appliances. The lounge has the benefit of a solid fuel fire. The house has small grounds to the front and graveled areas to the side and rear. Parking is available for two cars. The house has double glazing throughout.
Kinlochewe is a picturesque Highland village which lies close to the head of Loch Maree with its stunning scenery, enjoying an outstanding setting with an abundance of wildlife right on its doorstep. Wild deer are commonplace in the surrounding hills and glens, sharing their habitat with golden eagles, sea eagles, black-throated divers, ptarmigan, wild goats, pine marten and mountain hare amongst others. In the local streams and lochs, salmon and sea trout are common place. The area is world-renowned for its outdoor pursuits including mountaineering, hill walking, cycling, photography, fishing and game sports. Less energetic visitors enjoy the many historic and fascinating places of interest and, of course, the outstanding natural beauty of the area. The Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve hosts a Visitor Centre and ‘way-marked’ trails for walkers of all abilities and is home to many unique habitats for flora and fauna that attract visitors from all around the world and are the subject of scientific research throughout the year. Kinlochewe is an excellent base from which to explore the beautiful West Coast with Gairloch, Ullapool and Skye all suitable for day trips.
The village of Kinlochewe has a general store, café, post office and hotel. Within the vicinity is a caravan park, a holiday chalet park, numerous self-catering homes, bed and breakfasts which all draw in business to the Service Station. Excellent schooling is available with a Primary School located in the village and Secondary schooling provided at Gairloch which is only a 30 minute bus ride away. A school bus runs during term time. Gairloch also has a wide range of other community facilities including a choice of shops and a medical centre, however the proprietors attend the Torridon Medical Practice, located in the Village of Torridon about 10 miles away.
Is this business home based: Yes
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