The Spar Shop and Post Office, Bellabeg is an attractive property in a stunning roadside location within a rural village setting. The original subjects date back to the late 1800s. Situated in an area of tremendous natural beauty, the business benefits from a high level of passing trade on the A944, catering to a steady year-round trade from local inhabitants with the addition of a significant tourist influx peaking between Easter and October. The shop also benefits from good passing trade during the winter months, from those who are visiting the area for skiing; the Lecht Activity Centre and Ski Resort is only 8 miles away and a good number of visitors stop by for provisions.
The business, which extends to roughly 110m2, is the only convenience store and post office within the locality and is well-utilised providing a wide selection of essentials to the broader community. Sale items include fresh produce, general grocery items, licensed goods and cigarettes, greeting cards, bakery lines, soft drinks, gift items and bulk pet foods to name but a few. The present configuration makes it an easy-to-operate business. However, there is scope to expand the range of services should new owners wish to do so as the first floor aspects of the shop are underutilised extending to 55m2. In addition, the garage / steading to the rear of the subjects has a net internal area of about 68m2 and has latent development potential subject to consents. Internally, the ground floor sales area is well laid out utilising a modern range of shelving units and display stands. The shop also has a good range of refrigeration and freezer units. The sales counter is situated next to the main entrance and leads to the rear office and store area. There is a further large external storage unit which extends to 46m2. The current trading model generates a turnover of c£470,000 (2014) generating an adjusted net profit of £28,000.
An attractive feature of this extensive property is the 6-bedroom owner’s accommodation which adjoins the business and is partially set above the Shop. Seldom does a property of this magnitude come to the market offering such a substantial home and business combined. The property reflects its Victorian origins with superb cornicing, ceiling roses and high skirting boards. This spacious home provides excellent family accommodation with tremendous flexibility which could suit an extended family or be used as a further income earning aspect, through the letting of bedrooms. The house has a large family lounge, dining room and spacious kitchen / diner plus other utilitarian areas.
The present owners purchased the property in 2013 and it is their desire to take on new challenges that brings this exciting business and lifestyle opportunity on to the market.
The property dates from the late-1800s, is of granite block wall construction with rendering and under a pitched slate roof with accommodation arranged over two levels. Originally the property was a Bank and the bank manager’s house. There are a number of features which reflect its original functionality such as large metal security door and security railings. Within the grounds is a large timber storage building with metal roof and a separate garage / steading of stone construction and slate roof. All set within private and spacious grounds extending to c0.3 acre. To the side of the subjects the gentle Water of Nochty meanders past the property in to the River Don.
From a prominent roadside location in the village, the premises has a modern and well-signed frontage. There is ample parking and the Shop is at street level ensuring ease of access. Internally the business is very well presented utilising a good range of flexible fixtures and fittings including free-standing displays. The main sales counter is on the left, immediately inside the main entrance, providing sensible control of the sales area and facilitating good customer service. Further into the store is a wide range of shelving and merchandise racking including refrigeration and freezer units. To the rear of the Shop is the popular Post Office counter.
The premises are exceptionally well laid out to support the trading aspects of the business. To the rear of the main sales counter there is a store room, office and staff W.C. Stairs lead up from the main sales area to the spacious first floor which presents a large mainly underutilised space. There may be scope to develop this area into other uses; possible options may include an additional living area, café facility or further merchandising space.
The business and home presents a substantial property with a large footprint, on a prominent roadside frontage extending to c0.3 acre. The Shop has parking to the front and side plus there is public parking across the road which meets customer needs. Within the grounds is a steading which has undoubted development potential. There is also a storage unit which houses a public information centre providing local tourist information which was developed by the current proprietors. The property is bounded to one side by a charming small river. Laid mainly to lawn there is a gravel parking area for owner’s vehicles and a drying area.
The property benefits from mains electricity. The private water supply is shared with a number of other properties in the village. Septic tank is used for drainage. Heating is provided by a mix of oil-fired central heating and electric heaters. The Store has an alarm system and CCTV.
The Energy Rating of the property is ‘E’.
The business operates a license under the Licensing Scotland Act 2005 and a copy of this will be made available to interested parties post viewing.
The business trades from Monday to Saturday 8:00 am – 8:00 pm and Sunday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Trading figures will be made available to seriously interested parties post viewing.
Number of bedrooms: 6
An attractive feature of the sale is the generous owner’s accommodation. Access is gained either through the trading elements or from a private rear entrance. The rear access gives access to all ground floor rooms. The lounge is exceptionally large with a solid fuel fire and double aspect windows. There is a most pleasant dining room with a servery hatch to the kitchen. The large kitchen diner provides a very flexible family space, with ample wall and mounted units, the kitchen has a range cooker and benefits from views to the rear garden and river beyond. There is a separate utility room. Off the hallway is a W.C. and stairs leading to the first floor with its 6 bedrooms (1 being utilised as an office) and a modern family bathroom.
Bellabeg is a small roadside settlement in Strathdon Aberdeenshire. This charming community has a village hall, a green where the Highland Games are held, a primary school and a church; Secondary schooling is provided for at Alford. Bellabeg lies on the north side of the River Don opposite the village of Strathdon. The village is home to the annual Lonach Gathering, which has come to wider notice in recent years under the patronage of Strathdon resident Billy Connolly. The area is very popular with visitors as Braemore and Ballater are closeby. The property is located 42 miles west of Aberdeen and 30 miles south-east of Grantown on Spey. The region is also popular for visitors who take part in winter sports at the Lecht Ski Resort to the North plus Glenshee Ski Resort is to the south. There are many activities to be had in the area from walking, cycling, water sports or just visiting the many places of interest.
Is this business home based: Yes
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