Hebrides Art enjoys a dramatic and unique setting on the West coast of the Isle of Harris being situated in Seilebost, between Tarbert and Leverburgh on the main A859. With seaward views and close to sandy beaches, this remote and beautiful area attracts visitors from all over the world due to its stunning location. The business is perfectly suited to capitalise upon a broad range of clientele who enjoy the ruggedness and tranquility that Harris offers. This easy-to-operate business derives its income through the operation of a Coffee Shop and Art Gallery. The business trades for 6 months from April to September each year offering new vendors a true lifestyle business operation. The trading elements are open 5 days per week in April and September and 6 days during May – August providing some scope for new owners to increase trade further should they wish. The Coffee Shop trades simply through the provision of home baked goods and excellent quality coffee. This aspect of the business has a simple operation to suit the current owners but has some significant expansion potential where new owners had a penchant to develop the food aspects of the business. The Art Gallery sells a wide range of gifts and art works many being sourced locally but a number of items are obtained from national suppliers. However, the ethos of the business is to maintain a strong association with the sea and landscape which is a pervading aspect of life on Harris. The beautiful arrangement of artwork available for sale is provided by 15 artists (some of whom are Island based). In addition the current vendors also contribute to the stock and would be pleased to continue to do so. Hebrides Art operates with the support of a small team of enthusiastic staff. The extant business model is eminently sustainable but the business also offers some flexibility for new owners to stamp their own personalities on to the trading elements.
The current owners purchased the property in 2001 and commenced trading the business in April 2011 after a period of extensive upgrading and modernization. They have enjoyed a rewarding lifestyle that comes with self-employment in such an inspiring location. However, due to a car accident and an on-going injury the vendors have brought the business to the market prematurely and with some regret.
The original subjects were built in 1999 and have been extensively upgraded in recent years to reflect the modern home and business proposition on offer. Of modern construction under a pitched roof, set over 2 floors this is a well-appointed property which is presented in walk-in condition.
From a prominent roadside position Hebrides Art is well-sign posted from both directions. The subjects have easy access from a tarmac car park through a glazed door into a vestibule which leads into the reception area and gallery space. The entrance allows for disabled access. To the left reception area is the main gallery and coffee shop which in turn leads to the further seating area for the guests. On the ground floor in support of trade are two washrooms, an office space and excellent storage. The Coffee Shop benefits from a modern kitchen which is fitted out with floor and wall mounted storage units plus a central work station. Off the kitchen is a pantry room. The public areas are presented to an excellent standard with a mix of tiled and solid oak flooring. In total the Coffee Shop can accommodate 28 seated customers. The range of art and gifts on display are attractively arranged making full use of the available space. There is a cash desk with electronic till situated in a central location.
The subjects benefit from tarmac parking for 10 cars and has a small decking area with external seating for personal use. There is an area of decking to the front of the business that could comfortably accommodate guest seating should new owners wish to increase trade further. Within the grounds is a large workshop studio which has water and electricity. In addition there are two separate sheds.
The subjects benefit from mains electricity, water and drainage. Hot water and central heating is provided by an oil fired boiler system. The kitchen is all-electric and the gas fire in the main trading area utilises bottled LPG gas. The building benefits from double glazed Alu-clad windows.
Number of bedrooms: 3
Set on the first floor above the trading elements the owner’s accommodation is an excellent feature of this purchase. With outstanding views the property has large lounge with a walk-in dressing room, a galley kitchen and three double bedrooms. Two of the bedrooms have en-suite facilities plus there is a family bathroom. The house has ample storage and the quality of the fixtures and fittings make this an attractive family home. New owners without a family may even consider letting out the two en-suite bedrooms.
The Isle of Harris, famous for Harris Tweed and beautiful sandy beaches, stands out in the Atlantic on the far northwestern edge of Scotland. It is renowned as being a place being full of contradictions being both wild and gentle, warm and calm, ancient and vibrant with life. Harris is the southern and more mountainous region of Lewis and Harris, the largest island in the Outer Hebrides; although not an island it is often referred to as the Isle of Harris. The population of Harris is circa 2,000. Hebrides Art is located on the outskirts of the small settlement of Seilebost on the A859 with seaward views to West. Seilebost in the Luskentyre bay, voted to be in the top ten beaches of the world from where you can see the wonderful views across the Sound of Taransay to Ben Luskentyre and the North Harris hills. The white sands of Seilebost and Luskentyre with the turquoise sea are an inspirational sight. This idyllic setting is a draw to the many tourists who visit the Islands to enjoy the many historic attractions and beautiful scenery. There is a variety of wildlife on the island including rare birds, otters, highland cattle and deer. Lewis and Harris has 2/3rds of UK population of Golden Eagles. St Kilda which is a World Heritage Site and has the largest colony of guillemots in the world, the largest colony of fulmars and puffins in Britain; over one million birds in total. Salmon Fishing is also an attraction enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. Stornoway is the main port of the Island with the Ferry to Ullapool and an airport. Within the town of Stornoway there are a wide range of facilities ranging from a large secondary school, Nicolson Institute and technical college, to sporting facilities which includes a brand new sports complex with its 25 meter pool, climbing wall and fitness suite. The town also has a golf course, go carting and even paintballing. There are a full range of social and welfare facilities including shops etc. There is also a range of shops a
Downloadable Documents Sign In / Register to view
Pleasantly presented & highly popular tea room Prime high street position on Cromwell Street within the t...More Details
Well-presented café/restaurant within an outstanding main street trading location attracting strong levels ...More Details
SCOTLAND - Nil Premium - Prime opportunity to acquire Main Post Office conversion in prime trading position...More Details