The Old Fire Station Tearoom is a charming property, within an attractive setting providing an outstanding trading platform. This highly successful and popular business, has a loyal clientele from both locals and tourists alike. The property was a fire station until 1963 and was developed into its current format in 2005 by the current owners. The property has been entirely rebuilt and renovated into the café business it is today. The quality of fixtures and fittings are of a very high standard with the service areas being highly functional and offering scope to expand the service and fayre on offer. The level of rebuild included a completely new roof, underfloor heating, fully tiled flooring, excellent washrooms and modern services. The business has attractive exposed stone walls with fully tiled floors which perfectly suits the functionality of the business. The tartan clad servery, charming ceiling lights and wood-burning stove also add character and charm. Due to this recent build plus the on-going improvements made by the owner’s, The Old Fire Station is a truly walk-in proposition. In addition there is an Ice-cream kiosk out with the main building.
This kiosk is fully lined with commercial fittings and although no longer used for this purpose, it could lend itself to a variety of uses. The business is set in an ideal trading location in the centre of the village on the main thoroughfare and immediately adjacent to the car and coach park. The levels of visitors to Tomintoul and passing trade are high both during the main tourist season and the Ski season which generates a constant and sustainable business.
The trading elements of this substantial property are all located on the ground floor therefore providing for ease of access. The café customer seating elements extend to c80m2 providing internal seating for up to 66 covers. In addition to the internal seats there is attractive bench seating for up to 80 customers externally. This South facing terrace has views to the Cairngorm Mountain and is an attractive external space. . The business draws its income from both local patronage and tourism showing a consistent level of turnover. The business operates a simple but highly popular and varied menu providing a wide range of beverages plus many freshly prepared items. Due to a recent illness the current owners have relied more heavily on staff. A new motivated couple could easily take the already profitable model, raise the trading tempo and drive the business to the next level.
The Old Fire Station Tearoom is currently open 9 months of the year due to family pressures but could easily operate year-round. The business trades during the day time only from 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and there may be some development potential to extend opening hours to include a broader food service in the evening, especially during the busy summer months. The current operators trade with a full team of local staff. It is due to the vendors desire to retire that brings this outstanding business to the market.
The Old Fire Station Tearoom is a spacious single story property under a pitched roof. This end of terrace property has a charming appearance with an attractive façade with excellent signage. The whole of the property has been totally renovated and refitted with modern materials and fixtures and fittings.
PUBLIC & SERVICE AREAS
There are two main access points into the café; one from the main street and the other from the large local authority maintained car and coach park to the rear. Upon entry from both doors customers find themselves in the spacious customer area set to free-standing tables and chairs. Some of the chairs are artisan made. Within this area is a wood-burning stove. There are a large number of fire related items that have been gifted to the current owners which they wish to retain but will consider selling as a separate item. The tartan clad service counter is centrally located and has a large frontage facilitating a good service area. Behind the servery is the food preparation area which is open plan and can be viewed from the customer area. The spacious commercial kitchen is well-appointed and has a wide range of commercial appliances plus an excellent extraction unit. Included in the sale is a modern till system plus an extensive range of catering and ancillary equipment. To the rear of the kitchen is a preparation room and store. Within the café are some free-standing display units, one of which is loaned from a supplier. In addition there is a utility store / cleaner’s room. To the rear of the main area is a corridor leading to modern ladies, gents and disabled washrooms.
In total the property extends to around 140m2 with the main customers area accounting for approximately 80m2. There is ample storage in the attic which is accessed from a pull-down ladder.
The café has a large area with block paving set to bench seating. In addition there is a wooden constructed ice-cream kiosk with services attached. To the rear and side of the property is ample space for storage etc.; there is a wood store lean-to. In addition there is space to extend the property. The café sits next to a large public coach and car park which is highly convenient for customers.
The owners live within the village in a house which is currently being renovated. Although not offered as part of the sale should new owners wish to purchase owners accommodation this house may be available by separate negotiation.
The business benefits from mains electricity (440V), water and drainage with LPG gas for cooking. Oil fired underfloor heating. The property is fully fire and environmental health compliant.
Trading between opening 7 days from 9a.m. to 5:00p.m.
The vendors believe there is scope to develop trade further with the extension of trading hours and to develop a website. In addition, there is lapsed planning for the erection of an annex to the existing building to provide extra utility space with a net internal area of 18m2. Details will be made available to interested parties.
The business operates with a healthy profit and full trading figures will be made available to interested parties subsequent to viewing.
There is currently no website but the business has an active Facebook page.
The business is ideally situated to take full advantage of the many self-catering holiday lets, bed & breakfasts and other hotels within the region. Tomintoul is 14 miles from Grantown-on-Spey, 20 miles from Ballater and 30 miles from the Cairngorm Ski Centre, well suited to take advantage of the trade passing between these key tourist hotspots. The Café sits within the Cairngorm National Park and benefits from ski provision at the Lecht just 5 miles away, plus snow and ice climbing in the winter. More sedate outdoor pursuits such as bird watching and fishing also draw a great many visitors to the region who take advantage of the abundance of wildlife in the region. The area is also famous for its castles and distilleries which appeal to the more pedestrian tourist who can continue their odyssey of both the Highland and Grampian regions. The area is also renowned for its whisky production and sits on the whisky trail. Downhill Mountain Bike trails have just been opened on the outskirts of the village while the immediate area is well served with facilities and services for both locals and visitors alike.
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