The Ocean View Hotel is a substantial licensed property with a large footprint; the original subjects were built in 1900s. Purchased by the vendors in 2005 the business was operated as a self-catering business until 2010 and since that time has operated as a Hotel, latterly trading in wet sales only. Due to the need to upgrade fire safety requirements the Hotel has not traded with letting rooms in recent years but we understand that bringing the Hotel into full operation again would be a fairly straight forward matter and the vendors have full details of the requirements to do so. The footprint of the property offers excellent amenity space extending to circa 1.5 acres.
The internal aspects of the property require a degree of redecoration. The vendors accept that new owners would be better placed to develop the business both in terms of facilities and trade. Presently operating as a bar, there is clear scope to improve trade with the provision of food service and bring the accommodation back into use. All letting bedrooms have en-suite facilities; 3 rooms having superlative sea views. The business location would appeal to a wide range of clientele including tradesmen, business travelers and the huge influx of tourists who visit the West Coast from Easter through until October each year. The building is of generous proportions and is most welcoming from the outside. With a highly prominent roadside position, the property offers scope to generate a sound level of trade and provide a lifestyle business operation.
The vendors have operated the business for ten years and have now decided to retire from the hospitality sector. The property has vacant possession as they live locally in the area.
The original subjects are traditional stone and timber construction under pitched and flat roofs. A substantial detached property with accommodation laid out over 2 floors. The property is well sign-posted from the main road (A832) leading to a large double entrance car park.
Entry to the property is via a single double glazed door into a large vestibule thereafter leading to the main restaurant/bar. This large expansive area has a wood burning stove with a large wooden floor and offers a darts lane and pool table. With both booth seating and free-standing tables and chairs this area is a perfect for the provision of a bar and food service. This attractive area has a well-presented bar servery with a door leading to the kitchen. Also just off the vestibule is a snug bar which could be put to use as a small games room or lounge. Through double doors is a charming dining / breakfast room which can comfortably seat up to 20 covers and features an attractive tartan carpet. There are two sets of double doors which open to allow the two rooms to flow for larger functions. This room is used mainly for guests but is used as an overflow dining room and for small private functions. In addition this room has been used as a café. Off both the bar and dining rooms are customer bathrooms. Through the dining room is a hallway with stairs that lead to the first floor and the seven guest bedrooms which all have en-suite facilities. Three rooms have south facing seaward views. The remaining 4 rooms have views across open countryside and croftland.
The Hotel is mainly trading at weekends at the moment, comprising of bar service only. Opening times are:
Friday and Saturday 6pm to 1 am
Sunday 12noon – 6 pm
Closed Monday to Thursday.
The business benefits from a spacious and well-appointed open-plan commercial kitchen/pot-wash/preparation room. This most flexible of spaces would be able to cope with a busy through put of food service. There is ample business storage throughout and a well-proportion cellar plus an ample spirits store. The business has ample refrigeration and freezer storage. With the main building is a large workshop and garage; this space could be used for a number of diverse business uses.
The grounds extend to circa 1.5 acres with a large area for parking plus an area of rough ground to the front. There is a static caravan point with plumbing and electrical points; this could be used as owners accommodation or staff use. To the front of the Hotel is a large car park. Adjacent to the main building are a number of bench seats proving an excellent vantage point for those wishing to take their meals al fresco. The secure store/workshop is suitable for large equipment and guest cycle storage.
The subjects benefit from mains electricity and water. Drainage is from a shared septic tank. LPG gas is available for cooking. Electric heating is by storage and free standing units with partial double-glazing.
The business trades on a seasonal and restricted basis at this time. However, full trading information will be presented to interested parties subsequent to viewing.
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.
Number of bedrooms: 3
A potentially attractive feature of this sale is the spacious accommodation on offer. Located on the ground floor it consists of 2 double bedrooms with en-suite facilities. There is a potential third bedroom / study. In addition a large lounge, sun lounge, W.C. and substantial family room add to a very desirable living space. Where new owners felt that this space was too generous for their own use these areas could be brought into use for guests.
This prominent property has a most-charming trading location 3.5 miles from the popular village of Aultbea on the busy A832 on the West Coast of Scotland. The subjects offer excellent seaward views of Gruinard Island and the Summer Isles. In addition the area has many beaches such as at Mellon Udrigle and Gruinard which are within 5 minutes’ driving distance of the Hotel. The West Coast of Scotland is famous for its micro-climate, spectacular countryside and rugged mountains which in turn meet the stunning coastline and beautiful beaches. The wonderful scenery and the traditional community in Aultbea combine to make the area highly popular with those seeking a relaxing holiday in the Scottish Highlands. Such are these enduring attributes that many tourists re-visit the area year after year. The local area benefits from a licensed grocery shop, excellent butcher, post office, garage and a range of B&Bs, holiday homes and lodges; all who provide a potential clientele for the Hotel.
On the activities side there are no shortage of opportunities. The coastal location supports sea-fishing and sailing in addition to a wide range of birdlife. The beautiful Scottish terrain offers varied degrees of challenge from the more leisurely hill walking to more stretching mountaineering. Golf, freshwater fishing and simply relaxing amidst un-spoilt surroundings are other favoured options. Ullapool and Gairloch which are located within a 30-minute drive provide a full range of social and welfare facilities. Primary schooling is available in the village of Aultbea with secondary education being provided in Gairloch.
Is this business home based: Yes
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