CCL is delighted to bring to market the well-established Fournet House situated in the heart of Dufftown. The area is a prime tourist destination benefiting from high occupancy levels and visitors throughout the year. The current set up of the property means that there is excellent potential for expansion for any new purchaser. Viewing is highly recommended to truly appreciate the property on offer.
The sale of Fournet House is a unique opportunity to purchase a wonderful business opportunity with great potential to expand. Viewing is highly recommended to truly appreciate the size of the guest house and the exceptional value that it offers.
Fournet House occupies a prominent position in the centre of Dufftown close to the historic clock tower where the 4 main streets converge. The area is well known for its beautiful countryside and stunning scenery. Home of the ‘Whisky Trail’, tourists flock to the area to visit the several distillery and visitors’ centres close by. Within close proximity are the world-famous rivers Spey, Avon and Deveron; all of which are popular spots for Scottish Salmon fishing. For those who enjoy outdoor activities there are numerous opportunities including hill walking and cycle trails nearby; a particularly lovely walk is up to the summit of Ben Rinnes, just outside Dufftown. Moray itself is renowned for fishing, shooting, golf, hill walking, mountain biking and has some of the most beautiful long sandy beaches. Skiing is available a short distance away at the Lecht in the Cairngorms National Park.
Dufftown has a variety of interesting local shops, library, primary school and doctor’s surgery. The larger towns of Keith (10 miles) and Huntly (14 miles) offer additional shops, supermarkets and secondary schooling. Elgin, the administrative capital of Moray is under 20 miles away with excellent shopping, central library and recreational facilities including leisure centre, ice rink and cinema. There are excellent transport links with the main line railway stations at both Keith and Huntly. Inverness airport offers a good selection of flights to UK destinations whilst Aberdeen airport has an excellent range of national and international flights.
Fournet House sits on Balvenie Street with ample public parking immediately to the front and in the surrounding area. There is also private off street parking to the rear of the property behind purpose made gates.
To the rear of the property is an extremely large enclosed garden accessed through the property, as well as via a shared access lane. A decking area is accessed from the patio doors of the 'The Garden Room'.
There are a number of out buildings, an organic vegetable patch and 2 large ponds.
Access to the property is immediately off Balvenie Street. A welcoming hallway with hard wood flooring gives access to the three main areas of property; the restaurant ‘Noah’s Bistro’, the ‘Wellness Centre’ and the main guest house. Throughout the property, there are traditional features including original fireplaces, beautiful cornicing, ceiling rose and hardwood flooring. The property is also up to current fire, and health and safety regulations throughout.
To the left on the main hallway is ‘Noah’s Bistro’ the licensed restaurant which is currently laid out to comfortably accommodate 18 covers, with space for more if required. The charming restaurant has an impressive multi-fuel stove, making this a warm and welcoming space for tourists and locals alike. Large windows look out to the front of the property. To the rear of the room is the bar with storage to area to the side.
From the bar, access is provided to the commercial kitchen with extensive surface and food preparation areas, and a gas burner cooker. From the kitchen is a generous food store room with further preparation areas. Staff WC off this rear hallway also.
Back to the main hallway of the property, but to the right, is the reception to the current owners ‘Wellness Centre’. The room has impressive floor to ceiling windows which allow natural light to flood the room, along with its own external door to the front of the building with disabled access ramp. Situated in the reception area is a disabled access toilet. From this reception area, a step leads up to the ‘Wellness Shop’ which in turn leads to ‘The Garden Room’ at the rear of the property. Nordan patio doors from ‘The Garden Room’ open to the rear garden, suited for disabled access. This layout allows you to see right through the building to the rear garden from the very front. This versatile space offers great potential for any purchaser. Hard wood flooring covers the reception area with the rest of the space being tiled.
From the main hallway of the property, stairs lead to the Guest accommodation, including the comfortable Guest Lounge which is located on the first floor.The focal point of this room is the period fireplace with matching slate mantelpiece and original brass fender. Like most of the property, the Guest Lounge has beautiful hard wood flooring. A large window looks out to Balvenie Street below, while brightening the room.
The Guest House benefits from 5 charming letting rooms; 2 on the first floor and 3 on the second floor. Each room is uniquely decorated and furnished, being presented to a high standard. The bedrooms either have their own en-suite bathroom, or access to the guest shower room.
At present, the owner’s accommodation is located on the first floor of the property and is currently set up so that it can easily be utilised as a Guest Room if an additional room is required. Accessed via a private hallway off the main landing, the room offers excellent storage and living space, boasting a whirlpool bathtub and wash hand basin. There is also a work area which currently houses the necessary laundry equipment for room change overs. This warm room has dual aspect windows making it a bright space.
An inventory will be compiled to detail all items of a personal nature excluded from the sale and the items that are subject to separate negotiation, this will be available to all parties wishing to offer.
Fournet House has been set up by the current owner to provide three different income streams. First and foremost it is a bed and breakfast that is able to capitalise on the area being a popular tourist destination. The comfortable lettings rooms have all been designed to provide a relaxing environment, allowing guests to focus on their well being.
Noah’s Ark is the Bistro located on the ground floor. Set up to offer vegetarian and vegan wholesome food, along with traditional Scottish favourites- appealing to a wide clientele. It offers new owners a great opportunity to expand the business.
The current owners also provide a range of therapies and courses designed to provide guests with a safe and relaxing retreat.