North Kessock lies on the south coast of the Black Isle, at the narrows where the Beauly Firth becomes the Moray Firth. Directly opposite is the city of Inverness. Popular with both locals and the vast amount of tourists who visit The Black Isle, the village comprises shops, post office, doctors and dentists as well as an excellent primary school which feeds into the prestigious Fortrose Academy. There is a large car park which is sited on the shore, and this provides excellent parking for visitors to the village. Just off the A9, and before the North Kessock turn off is located the Dolphin and Seal Centre, and North Kessock Tourist Information Centre, both very popular, and as they have no restaurant/cafeteria on site, a handy a flight of steps leads from here down to the main street where the White Cottage Tea Room, is located. This provides a steady stream of visitors and tourists to the café. At times the Dolphins can be seen playing in the bay from the Tea Room windows.
Most of North Kessock is laid out along a single street running along the shore, and this is where we find The White Cottage Tea Room and White Cottage B&B, in a couple of beautifully converted cottages.
The White Cottage Tea Room is a very attractive business which, although trading profitably at the moment, could lend itself to a variety of uses. Currently used as a Tea Room, with approximately 40 covers, over 9 tables it serves home baking along with some light food provision and very popular High Teas, there is potential to develop food provision or indeed offer full restaurant service, there is no alcohol licence at present. There is a servery to the front of the café with a chill unit, and an open plan kitchen supported by all the usual appliances and continuing into the rear via a door from the kitchen area is a store and freezer room. There is a toilet suitable for disabled visitors as well as a small office area linking the café and kitchen. . It is the views enjoyed from within the café as well as the small number of tables outside which really add to the charm of this attractive business.
The White Cottage Bed and Breakfast is beautifully fitted out and offers spacious and comfortable accommodation. There are four good sized en-suite bedrooms, which are all available for letting in the summer season, when the owners move into the one bedroom chalet in the garden. It would be up to new owners to decide whether to continue in this vein or whether it would be their preference to use all or some of this area as owner’s accommodation. At present guests who stay in the B&B enjoy breakfast served in The White Cottage Tearoom, however there is a fully fitted kitchen, as well as large guest lounge, dining area and conservatory within the B&B area which would enable new owners to separate this part of the business form the Tearoom if preferred.
Of traditional construction, double glazed and under a slate roof.
This terraced property was originally two cottages, stone built and extended upwards and to the rear. In two separate titles the Tearoom and Bed and Breakfast can be two separate entities such is the layout. The Coffee Shop, kitchen, store rooms andl laundry areas comprise the ground floor of the property, the second floor comprises 4 en-suite bedrooms, fitted kitchen and dining area, large lounge and conservatory which leads out at ground level to a hill side garden, At the top of the garden sits a one bedroom chalet comprised from Finnish timber.
The White Cottage Tearoom:
The prominent signage as well as excellent reviews on various websites ensure a steady stream of visitors to this business which also benefits from local trade. The Coffee Shop has an entrance from the main street and opens into a pleasant and welcoming space set to tables and chairs and able to seat 40 covers. There is a serving area, with a chill unit, coffee machines and drinks fridge and a till. Entry to the kitchen is though a swing door, where a small office are joins the kitchen and the café. There is a toilet suitable for disabled use. There is plenty scope here to develop the trade further, at present the Tearoom operates from 10 - 6 pm.
White Cottage Bed and Breakfast:
Entrance is from the main street across from the shoreline and is situated above the tea room. Access is via an internal staircase, from the top the property opens out to a large welcoming hallway, from where all the rooms can be accessed. There are 4 ensuite letting bedrooms, although one is usually utilised by the owners themselves. Occasionally if the B&B is full for a group the owners will move into the one bedroom chalet in the garden. There is also a fully fitted kitchen, dining area a large lounge and a conservatory which opens out at ground level to the garden.
Only by viewing can prospective purchasers appreciate the quality of the fixtures and fittings and the attention to detail the present owners have invested in this property. There is a fully hardwired fire alarm system throughout the property. Guests staying in the B&B have breakfast served in the White Cottage Tearoom
There is an office area in the commercial kitchen as well as the potential for one in the B&B. There is a good sized Store and Freezer room behind the kitchen as well as staff toilet and hand washing area. There is also a large laundry and ironing room with washing machine and tumble dryer as well as a steam iron.
The commercial kitchen houses a 5 burner LPG gas top cooker with electric oven, free standing twin fryers, large extraction system, commercial dishwasher, dual sinks as well as various work benches and equipment. Plenty storage and a back door for access to the garden and B&B via the conservatory. The kitchen is compact but well laid out providing service to the tea room.
There is parking to the area in front of the café and B&B, there is a large public car park across and up slightly to the right. The grounds comprise mainly of a hilly garden which is laid out to take full advantage of this area, from little water features to vegetable growing frames, tables and chairs and some beautifully mature plants and bushes this is a very relaxing area. From the top the views over the roof to the Moray Firth are spell bounding.
Oil central heating is used throughout, form a large tank discreetly located in the back garden. LPG Gas for cooking. The Chalet is electric heating. Mains drainage
The Tea Room is is open from 10am until 6pm. The Café closes in the winter for 5 weeks after end of January until March and also In November for a couple of weeks.
Number of bedrooms: 2
At present the current owners take a relaxed approach to the B&B, utilizing the space as owners accommodation in the off season and usually utilizing one bedroom for themselves in the summer season. Not much is made of the B&B in that word of mouth and passing trade accounts for a lot of the business, the B&B relies only on limited advertising. This is an area that could certainly be developed. In busier times there is a chalet located at the top of the garden which comprises a sitting area with stunning views over the Moray Firth as well as a bedroom, shower room and a small kitchenette area for tea and coffee making and a microwave. To the side is a garden table and chairs, and there is also a balcony to the front again enjoying magnificent views.
North Kessock is the site of an ancient ferry route between Inverness and the Black Isle the ferry ran until The Kessock Bridge was opened in 1982. One of the villages that make up the Black Isle. North Kessock is also a popular tourist resort with many B&B sand self-catering holiday accommodation in the area. Nearby in Fortrose and Rosemarkie is a links Golf Course; this is a traditional links course set on a peninsular and designed by James Braid, a name familiar to the golfing fraternity. There are a number of other quality golf courses in the area for tourists and locals to utilise. In and around the Black Isle there are plenty of activities engage in. Boat trips operate taking visitors to see the dolphins in the inner Moray Firth at Chanonry Point. Other activities within the immediate area include walking, fishing and nature watching. Loch Ness and its associated castles are only a short drive away and the West Coast is a 50 minute drive. North Kessock is an ideal base from which to explore Inverness and to make a broader odyssey of the Highlands. The Black Isle Show is a large agricultural show held each August which brings an abundance of visitors to the area. A further attraction to the region is the distilleries such as Glen Ord Distillery, Dalmore Distillery and Glenmorangie Distillery; these distilleries have visitor centres providing guided tours.
Is this business home based: Yes
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