• Outstanding opportunity to purchase a charming and traditional Highland cafe and self-catering business within the picturesque village of Lochcarron.
• Central location within the village and on the popular North Coast 500 Tourist Route providing a sound lifestyle business opportunity offering stunning loch views.
• Well-established and popular café business trading on a seasonal basis with 2 potential self-catering units presenting a profitable "home and income" proposition.
• Sale includes spacious 4-bedroom house (Ailsa) for resident owners with private and secure garden grounds.
• Easy-to-operate business, ideal for first-time buyers with a desire for a quality of life business.DESCRIPTION
The Waterside Café, self-catering units and owners house is a substantial loch-side property within the thriving community of Lochcarron. This well-established Highland business is set within a tranquil location on the popular North Coast 500 tourist route. The property dates back to early 1900s and has a prominent position within the village offering Loch views. The café offers an easy-to-operate facility with some business development potential to provide evening meals. In addition, there are two self-catering units which supplement income. One has three bedrooms (Waterside) and the other has a double bedroom with a small child's room (Burnside). A most attractive feature of the sale is the excellent and spacious 4-bedroomed owners' house. The extensive trading elements and charming owner's accommodation combine to make this an excellent proposition for first-time buyers or an extended family. This would be an ideal venture for a couple with a desire to develop the catering provision to the next level.TRADE
The Waterside Cafe and Self-catering is a strong seasonal business currently trading from Easter until the end of October. The opening hours currently stand at 9 am to 6 pm daily except Sunday which opens at 10 am and closes at 4 pm. The current owners feel there may be scope to provide a year-round business but they choose to operate to suit their personal preferences. There is a significant seasonal demand from the large number of tourists who holiday within the Lochcarron area in the main season and many are undertaking the North Coast 500 Tourist Route. In addition to the regular tourist trade, there is also plenty of local trade being generated by various projects in the area including a recent increase in 150 new roles at the Kishorn yard. The operation drives strong turnover from its traditional food offering, with both a café provision and a separate takeaway counter. The current owners also believe there is scope to generate an evening restaurant trade where new owners had a penchant for catering. The business operates with the support of a small but dedicated team of staff who reside in the local area. The self-catering apartment generates a modest income. Burnside is presently used as extended family accommodation but new owners could easily generate a further income stream by making it a secondary self-catering unit. The business does not have a website presenting a development aspect for new owners. However, they use a number of portal websites to promote the business and previously offered accommodation through . The current operators utilise Facebook ().LOCATION
Waterside is centrally located within the popular West Coast village of Lochcarron set to a prominent shore-front position. Lochcarron, being on the North Coast 500 tourist route makes the village a popular tourist destination with many local amenities such as a grocery store, post office, medical centre and library. Leisure activities include a golf course, sailing, fishing, hill walking and climbing. The Highland capital Inverness is approximately 61 miles away and offers all city facilities including links by road, rail and air to further destinations. Primary schooling is provided in Lochcarron as well as a thriving playgroup. Secondary Education is in either Plockton, or some elect to attend Gairloch Secondary School, both having excellent reputations.
On the sporting side amongst other community groups there is a golf club, bowling club and sailing club. There is also a local dental practice, medical centre and a choice of shops. There is a train station in Strathcarron a few miles away. Such is the setting that most of the wildlife for which Scotland is well known is right on the doorstep. Herds of wild deer are abundant in the neighbouring hills, sharing their habitat with the fox, grouse, golden eagle, raven and peregrine falcon amongst others. In the waters immediately to the front of the business the otter, Atlantic salmon and numerous seabirds can be seen. The area is certainly rich in wildlife and ornithology. Geographically, Lochcarron is an excellent base from which to explore the beautiful West Coast, including the Isle of Skye.REASON FOR SALE
The current owners purchased the café etc. in April 2001 and would now like to retire presenting this superb opportunity to the market.THE PROPERTY
The site is easily located and is well signposted. The original buildings date from the early-1900s and is of mainly stone construction under slate roof with more recent extensions. All properties are set to 2 floors. The Waterside, Ailsa and Burnside have their own separate titles.Waterside Café and Self-catering
The trading elements of the café are all situated to the ground floor and are accessed from a door off the main road at street level. Entry is via a vestibule which opens into the main café with a secondary area to a servery counter which focuses on takeaway. The cafe can comfortably seat up to 32 customers internally from free-standing table and chairs, and benefitting from stunning loch views. The Café has external bench seats to accommodate up to 24 customers. The trading elements are attractively presented and supported by ladies / disabled and gents' washrooms. There is also ample storage. The commercial kitchen is set to the rear and has a full extraction unit, stainless steel units and a walk-in freezer. This well-appointed kitchen has the capacity to trade to a greater level. Off the kitchen is a utility room with further non-ambient storage and giving access to the rear aspects.
The self-catering unit is accessed from a private entrance at street level with stairs leading directly to the first floor. A central corridor provides access to all areas. This spacious holiday let has three bedrooms; 1 double and twin with loch views and a bunk room with views to the rear garden. The bedrooms benefit from being attractively presented with built-in wardrobes. In addition, there is a spacious lounge, again with loch views plus a large dining kitchen which is well-appointed. Off the kitchen is a door leading to the raised gardens to the rear where a decking area provides a lovely al fresco area.Ailsa
A most attractive feature of this sale is the spacious owner's house which extends to 4 bedrooms. The house is self-contained and has a private access from the front of the property leading into a spacious hallway which, in turn, provides access to the modern kitchen, lounge and separate dining room. The house is presented in good order and to a high standard of décor. The kitchen is modern with both floor and wall mounted units and a good range of modern appliances. Off the kitchen is a lean-to area offering a utility area for drying and storage etc. On the first floor, the 4 bedrooms are found. There are two large doubles, a small double and a single. Two of the doubles have wash hand basins. The two large doubles benefit from stunning loch views. There is family shower room and plenty of storage on this level. Ailsa has its own grounds to the rear and a small low-walled garden to the front.Burnside
This charming cottage is set to the end-terrace. Access is from street level into a compact hallway. To the left is the spacious lounge with a real fire place. Through the lounge is the small modern kitchen which has all-electric appliances. Off the kitchen is a dining room which was previously used as a bedroom. To the other side of the kitchen is a spacious shower room and via a door is to be a new utility room. Stairs from the hallway lead to the family bathroom. Further along the stairs is a double bedroom with a small box room immediately off. This small room would be ideal for an infant bedroom or a dressing room. Burnside has a parking space to its front. To the rear is a raised garden.EXTERNAL AREAS
Each property has an area of garden to the rear. The café has external seating for up to 24 covers. The two homes have small front gardens. In addition, Burnside also has an area of garden on the opposite side of the road which is currently used as a vegetable plot. There is ample private parking for the café adjacent to the property and on-road parking nearby.SERVICES
The properties benefit from mains electricity, water and drainage. The Ailsa also has oil-fired central heating and hot water and the Waterside benefits from oil-fired hot water. LPG gas is used for cooking within the business and Ailsa. Waterside Apartment and Burnside Cottage both are all-electric. The premises are fully compliant with Environmental Health and Fire Regulations.
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