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Busy retail store, café and events venue together with pick your own seasonal fruit, located just off the busy A1 at Dunbar

Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland

  • Leasehold Price: £195,000
  • Under Offer
Seller Reference: Belhaven
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Seller Reference: Belhaven
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Business Description
- Licensed retail store stocking quality local produce & gifts
- 65 cover café
- Wedding & events venue (capacity up to 300)
- Pick your own seasonal fruit
- Strong & improving turnover
- New 15 year lease – rent £27,445 per annum
- Leasehold - offers around £195,000

Occupying a site which extends to just over 6 acres, Belhaven Fruit Farm is readily accessible just off Thirstly Cross Roundabout on the A1 via a private road which leads to upper and lower car parking areas.

The store, café and events venue are all contained within the main building which
has been sub-divided to provide the current accommodation.

The Store has an independent access to the frontage and leads directly into the retail area and café which can cater for up to 65 covers.

To the front of The Store is a covered seating area and access is provided to an external area which is fully enclosed and offers outdoor seating and a playpark.

The Strawberry Barn, wedding and event venue, is self contained with the benefit of a separate access that provides a reception/ welcome area. The toilet facilities, which are shared with the café, are accessed from here and provide male, female and accessible facilities. They are also accessed from the entrance to the store/café.

The Strawberry Barn can cater for up to 300 at any event, with up to 220 seated for a meal. There is a staged area to one side and a large bar servery to the other, with a spacious dance floor in the middle.

Draped finishes to the walls and ceiling canopies together with fairy lights to the walls provide an ambient setting for any event.

Between the café and barn is a large catering kitchen, servicing both elements with preparation and storage areas as well as a large walk in fridge and freezer. The ancillary areas are spacious, having been developed by our clients to cater for the business’ needs.

The pick your own is contained within five large poly tunnels, with the strawberries on raised beds, accessible to effectively all. Further fruit plants to include redcurrants, brambles, gooseberries, tayberries and apples are situated in the orchard adjacent and again are available on the basis of pick your own.

Completing the subjects are two units which are situated in the grounds between the café/store and pick your own. They are occupied by tenants who currently trade as Nordic Edit, a homeware shop and Loveage & Lace, an antiques shop, complimenting the services on offer from our client, and attracting further custom to the site. There is scope for further units to be introduced.

Our client commenced trading in 2013 and has created a business with various elements which compliment each other and generate a strong and improving turnover. Our client has a young family and other business interests and has reluctantly made the decision to sell due to other commitments.

Belhaven Fruit Farm undoubtedly offers excellent potential for a hands on owner to further develop the business which is well supported locally and from further afield due to its accessible location.

The business has three core elements, The Store, Pick your Own and The Strawberry Barn. The Store provides retail sales and café which are open from 9.30 am – 6.30 pm, Monday – Saturday and 9.30 am – 5 pm on Sundays.

The kitchen is open until 4 pm seven days. The Store is licensed and stocks a range of local/Scottish and British quality produce from jams and chutneys to meats and cheese. There is a selection of small gifts and also a large selection of “Cook” gourmet frozen meals.

The Gin Bothy has a range of over 45 Gins at any one time, specialising in Scottish produced, small batch and craft gins. A range of wines, beers and locally produced Thistly Cross Cider are also stocked.

Pick you own operates from 10 am – 5 pm throughout the season, attracting visitors who also utilise the café and store.

The Strawberry Barn offers a unique events and wedding venue, effectively offering a blank canvas to create an event to meet customers’ expectations. Various menus and packages are available for events to suit all budgets.

The venue is popular with weddings and parties although regular events are held to include live music and similar. The Strawberry Barn is licensed to host wedding ceremonies and photos can be viewed on the Strawberry Barn Facebook page.

Our client also holds Christmas party nights throughout December which are popular and a family Hogmanay party, both of which are sold out well in advance.
Further information relative to the business can be obtained from our clients informative website although this is strictly for information purposes only and no direct approach should be made to the business or staff.

The turnover has consistently risen over recent years and a further increase is anticipated this year.

Café and shop sales equate for almost 70% of income, with events around 25% and the remainder from pick your own although this attracts a large number of visitors to the business.

Accounts for the business will be shown to seriously interested parties following a formal viewing of the property.
Location Details:
Belhaven Fruit Farm is easily accessible, just off the Thirstly Cross Roundabout on the Southern outskirts of Dunbar, just next to the A1. Dunbar is situated around 30 miles East of Edinburgh and a high number of visitors come to the various attractions in and around the town throughout the year. Dunbar has been subject to residential development over recent years, with various developments currently ongoing.
Leasehold Term:
The current passing rental is £27,445 per annum. A new lease agreement is in place, effective from August 2018 for a 15 year term and it incorporates three yearly reviews. The lease incorporates a tenants option to terminate the lease on the 5th and 10th anniversaries. The two retail chalets are currently occupied by tenants, one tenant owns the property in situ therefore pays a ground rent only and the other pays a rent for the property. These generate a combined rental income of £450 per month.
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