• Attractive and well-presented semi-detached Victorian 4-Star STB guest house within walking distance of Perth city centre.
• Simple operating model with a solid trading base and the potential to generate strong profitability from year-round trade.
• Outstanding “home and income” lifestyle opportunity within a strong trading location in the city known as 'the Gateway to the Highlands'.
• Quality business with 5 smart en-suite letting rooms and attractive public rooms.
• Private and attractive 2-bedroom owners accommodation plus spacious enclosed family garden and off-road parking.DESCRIPTION
Almond Villa Guest House is an attractive Victorian semi-detached property enjoying an excellent trading location on the A85 (Dunkeld Rd), close to Perth City centre. The business is situated close to local amenities and affords excellent accessibility to the City centre which is just a 10-minute walk. Dating from 1886, this charming property has many original features (high ceilings, ceiling roses, stain glass windows and feature fireplace).
This property has been intelligently and extensively presented by the vendors and should be viewed to fully appreciate its attractiveness. The current owners operate on a restricted bed and breakfast basis only with Almond Villa Guest House offering a traditional Highland welcome to their guests. The business has a 4-Star STB rating which reflects the quality and comfort on offer. The guest house has 5 quality en-suite letting bedrooms which are most comfortable and attractively furnished with quality fixtures and fittings. The business also has an attractive dining room.
In addition to the excellent trading aspects, the owners accommodation is presented to a high standard. This 2-bedroom home has a large lounge, spacious and modern kitchen, utility room and second reception room, used as an office. The attractive garden and off-road parking combine to make this a highly desirable “home and income” lifestyle opportunity. Presented in excellent condition, the business is a true 'turn-key' operation.TRADE
Trading from a most prominent location, the business operates as a quality guest house providing an enviable level of service and facilities as noted on a number of the review sites and the 4-Star STB accolade. Almond Villa has established itself as a popular business resulting in a regular stream of repeat visitors who have used the services of this excellent guest house over many years. The business has 5 excellent letting bedrooms which drive trade from the many holiday makers who visit Perth and the surrounding areas. Tourism, a key driver of trade, includes the many guests who play golf, fish, undertake walking and climbing holidays or partake in a more sedate excursion of the Highlands taking in the many sites and historical features.
The owners utilise commission based portal websites and other marketing websites such as VisitScotland. The business operates below the VAT threshold and provides a sound level of profitability but with the capacity to trade to a higher level. The location and stature of the building is such that it is easy to locate for those who have booked via the internet and for the casual passer-by seeking accommodation. The business is well-signposted and is supported by a well-structured website which is supported by the 'FreeToBook' reservation system.LOCATION
Almond Villa Guest House is ideally situated to take advantage of Perth City centre, only a short walk away, highly convenient for guests wishing to take advantage of nearby shops, restaurants etc. The City of Perth is located on the banks of the River Tay and has a population of circa 50,000. Due to its location the City is often referred to as the 'Gateway to the Highlands'. Perth is well provided for in terms of social, welfare and general services. The City has a long and established history and the presence of Scone Palace, home of the Stone of Destiny where the King of Scots was crowned, enhanced the early importance of the town. Today, the Palace draws in a large number of visitors.
There are many other places of interest in the region such as castles, distilleries and golf courses. However, many visitors simply come to enjoy the beautiful countryside and undertake hill walking. For those interested in field sports and fishing rural Perthshire offers unparalleled experiences; the River Tay has some outstanding salmon fishing. The Tay is also a popular venue for adventurous waters sports with the many Lochs in the region providing an outlet for a wide range of activities. The City of Perth is a vibrant centre of tourism and commerce presenting many opportunities for establishing a hospitality business. Perth is also ideally situated for visitors to use as a base to visit the wide range of attractions in Dundee, Blairgowrie, St. Andrews, Gleneagles, Crieff and Pitlochry to name but a few places.REASON FOR SALE
The present owners purchased Almond Villa Guest House in April 2010 and have enjoyed operating this fine business. However, it is their desire to retire that brings this desirable family home and charming business to the market.THE PROPERTY
Almond Villa Guest House is an attractive semi-detached villa, of stone construction under a slate roof. This late Victorian building, constructed in 1886, has accommodation laid out over 2 floors and has been well-maintained by the vendors. The property is presented in excellent condition throughout and is classed as being in truly walk-in condition.PUBLIC AREAS / LETTING BEDROOMS
Entry to the property is via a wooden outer door leading into a vestibule then on to an inner door which is partially glazed. The main reception hallway is spacious and presented in excellent order. On the left is the residents breakfast room which is set to 5 tables, this room is well furnished with a bay window. Further along the reception hallway is the owners accommodation.
There are 5 en-suite letting bedrooms; 1 on the ground floor and 4 on the first floor. The ground floor bedroom is suitable for less able guests. From the hallway the stairs lead to the remaining 4 en-suite letting bedrooms.
The guest bedrooms are configured as follows:First Floor
Room 1 - Double / twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom
Room 2 - Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room
Room 3 - Family Bedroom (Double and a single bed) with en-suite shower room
Room 4 - Single bedroom with en-suite shower roomGround Floor
Room 5 - Double bedroom with en-suite shower room
The letting bedrooms are set up in such a way that they afford flexible letting options. The guest house can accommodate a maximum of 10 guests. All rooms are most comfortable and attractively furnished with excellent en-suite facilities. The rooms feature double-glazing, central heating, Freeview television, in-room toiletries and hospitality trays. The guest room facilities show the vendors attention to detail and desire to provide a comfortable stay for their guests. The upper landing has an attractive original Victorian skylight.PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION / SERVICE AREAS
The owners accommodation, also set to the ground floor, is a most attractive feature of the sale. Access to the owners living space can be gained through the main hallway or via a private entrance to the side of the property. There are two reception rooms; an office lounge to the front and a second lounge to the rear. This second lounge has patio doors which gives access to the spacious and secluded garden to the rear of the subjects. With 2 bedrooms, there is also an attractive bathroom. A good-sized, well-appointed bright kitchen and a well-presented utility room make the business conveniently set up for an ergonomic operation. The business has ample storage throughout.GROUNDS
Access to the property is via a tarmac drive with parking to the front for 5 cars. To the rear of the property is a spacious garden mainly laid to lawn. Within the garden are two sheds; one is used as a laundry, the other for general garden storage. In addition, there is a pleasant garden room. To the side of the subjects is secure parking for motorbikes and a further shed utilised for bike storage.SERVICES
The subjects benefit from mains electricity, gas, water and drainage. With gas fired central heating and double glazing throughout. The business is fully compliant with fire safety requirements. The property has Wi-Fi throughout.
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