The Pittentrail Inn is a substantial property and this charming building has a strong roadside presence within the community of Rogart. A quick look at TripAdvisor will give you a feel for the warmth and hospitality experienced here by the strong local support and plethora of walkers, shooters, and fisherman who frequent this hostelry. With its good selection of beers and malts, friendly staff and colorful local and tourist clientele, The Pittentrail Inn is an excellent opportunity for entry into the Hospitality sector.
Located within some stunning scenery the business is renowned for its Highland welcome. The present owners have maintained both the trading and physical aspects of the property to a good standard presenting the sale in walk-in condition. During the summer season the business attracts many tourists and business related clients who frequent the area. The business trades year-round but it is the owner’s preference to trade to restricted hours in the winter. The Inn is a popular hostelry in the village of Pittentrail and is a social centre to this rural community. The restaurant and cafe provide both locals and tourists alike with a good range of traditional pub fayre in most comfortable surroundings. The business has two accommodation units; 3 letting bedrooms within the main flat and a 1-bedroom self-contained flat. Both these units are presented in excellent condition and could be used by owners as living accommodation or for letting as B&B. The 3 trading elements (bar, food and accommodation) combine to form a sound business platform resulting in a turnover of £128,000 in 2014. Due to the vendor’s desire to retire from the hospitality sector, they accept that new motivated owners could take this lovely property set in a most relaxing environment and reinvigorate the trading aspects.
The present owners bought the business in 1998 and it has offered them an enjoyable and rewarding lifestyle to date. New owners could continue the extant business model with its modest profitable trading pattern as it stands or alternatively aim to further develop the business and exploit latent potential through increased services and provision.
The main building originates from the mid-1800s and is mainly stone built over two floors under a pitched slate roof. The property is well –sign posted and has attractive well-maintained grounds to its rear. There are two main public entrances; one to the main bar and the other to the café/restaurant – both have vestibules leading into the open trading spaces. The public bar is a bright and airy space with a pool table at one end and the bar servery at the other. The bar furniture is set to both fixed and free-standing items. The public bar has dedicated ladies and gents washrooms. An attractive feature of the bar is a small alcove seating area which has lovely views to the countryside and hills beyond. The public bar operates back-to-back with the café/restaurant which is a charming trading space again set to a mix of seating to accommodate 28 diners. Just off this area is a further conservatory dining area set to 8 covers and is a most popular facility. Through the conservatory is a further rear dining area which can seat 20 diners. These three dining areas provide a range of dining options for small functions / private dining. The restaurant areas are serviced by ladies, gents and disabled washrooms. The commercial kitchen with an extraction system and separate preparation room means that the business is capable of a high level of food production. A spacious cellar and liquor store is situated off the restaurant area and there is adequate office space.
The Inn has two distinct accommodation units. The 3-bedroom flat benefits from a modern bathroom, well-appointed kitchen and a commodious lounge-dining room. The 3 bedrooms are all set to double and two have en-suite facilities. These rooms are currently let as bed and breakfast accommodation. A further self-contained 1-bedroom flat with its own kitchen and compact lounge-diner is accessed by an independent external door; this flat is currently let out to tenants. Either of these accommodation units could be used as owner’s accommodation depending on new vendor’s requirements and family circumstances.
To the right of the property lies a stunning three bedroom property currently utilised by the owner of the Inn. This property comprises a huge lounge and kitchen with center island and three bedrooms with room for three more. This property is available by negotiation should the prospective buyer wish to purchase both.
The garden area is to the rear of the Inn is laid to lawns. There is parking within the grounds of the Inn and also public parking immediately across the road.
The property benefits from mains electricity, water and drainage. The Inn has LPG gas for cooking. There is oil-fired central heating and hot water provision.
The Inn has two distinct accommodation units either of which could be used as owner’s accommodation, depending on new vendor’s requirements and family circumstances.
The Pittentrail Inn is situated between Golspie and Lairg on the A839 within the community of Rogart with a population of circa 400. The village of Pittentrail has a train station, convenience store and a garage. Secondary schooling is situated in Golspie some 7 miles away. Tain is the main centre of population convenient for a range of shops and services. The area has long been a Mecca for the field sports enthusiast and with an abundance of lochs and rivers providing excellent salmon and trout fishing. Sutherland is an area rich in wildlife. Such are wildlife numbers that a sustainable cull of deer and sporting birds brings stalkers and shooters to the area, generally in the winter months. Ornithologists are frequent visitors to the county, attracted by the golden eagle, hen harrier, peregrine falcon, short eared owl, numerous other birds of prey and both black and red grouse. Another favourite is to observe the Ospreys on the Mound between Golspie and Dornoch. As for tourist attractions, there are many places of interest to visit. A day trip to Orkney is within easy reach, as are numerous sites of archaeological interest. Dunrobin Castle (Golspie) and the Glenmorangie Distillery (Tain) are within a short drive. Excellent golf courses at Dornoch, Brora and Tain provide a test to golfers of all abilities. The area has a large number of golden sandy beaches plus a great many other visitor attractions.
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