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Exceptional Camping, Glamping and Touring Park with Licenced Cafe / Bistro in Melvich

Sutherland, Highland, Scotland

  • Freehold Price: £595,000
Seller Reference: Halladale
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Business Description
• Prime trading location fronting onto the A836, the North Coast 500 route, overlooking Melvich beach and unspoilt coastline.

• Exceptional business, offering accommodation, café and bistro facilities catering to all visitors and tourists alike, who frequent this popular route.

• Accommodation includes 6 modern glamping pods, 21 touring pitches and 7 camping pitches supported by superior, newly constructed shower block and laundry facilities.

• Modern revamped bar and bistro, seating 60 covers with an attractive external seating area for a further 16 covers, smart reception area and shop.

• Grounds extending to two and a half acres, with extensive parking and turning areas, children’s playground and picnic spot.

• Dedicated owner/manger’s accommodation on site.

Purchased by our clients in 2017, the Inn and Campsite is unrecognisable in today’s form, compared to the original purchase. The owners have undertaken an extensive renovation and refurbishment programme, investing heavily in the trading facilities and infrastructure. The shower block was completely replaced with a new building incorporating laundry facilities, dishwashing room and modern toilet facilities. Six glamping pods were constructed, each sleeping between one and seven people. The campsite was significantly extended, the area for touring caravans and campervans increased, providing new electric hook ups. Specific chemical waste and grey water points were also installed, and as a rare commodity on the NC500 these also provide a service to passing touring campervans. A bespoke picnic area and new children’s playground were created. The Inn itself, which dates back to 1882 as a highland croft house, has also benefited from significant investment. A full commercial kitchen was installed with improved storage and chiller facilities. A reception area was constructed incorporating a shop for essential items and tourist memorabilia. The bistro/café area has been fully renovated with a modern servery and easy access to the kitchen. Attractive public toilets were created, with the luxury of underfloor heating and a further decking area with additional seating constructed externally.

The result of this refurbishment programme is a stunning business, matched equally by its coastal surroundings sitting prominently on the North Coast 500 route. This is a multi-faceted accommodation business which appeals to a variety of visitors, and holidaymakers, whether they are camping, touring in caravans / motor homes or enjoying the glamping experience. For owners, there is a Park-Home which is dedicated as personal accommodation, comprising of a 2-bedroomed spacious home set within a private area. Intelligent apps and smart technology allow the owners to manage and control the site remotely when required, from controlling the heating and lighting to answering the doorbell.

The vendors purchased the business in 2017 and have enjoyed developing the variety of trading elements, creating an exciting business opportunity they are very proud of today. The premature sale is to allow them to relocate closer to family and other projects which are ongoing, as they move towards a phased retirement.

Whilst undertaking their renovation works, the current owners traded the business at a similar level of operation as when they took over the site. Growing turnover to March 2020 was £347,748, at which stage they used the lockdown period to continue their renovation programme. As a result the business as it stands today has yet to enjoy the benefits of a full season and it is expected that the 2021 figures will show a marked increase in both turnover and profitability.

This type of business is extremely popular, and although offering a year round service the bulk of the income is generated in the main tourist season which has extended from March to end of October under the NC 500 influence. Bookings come via the business’s own website which has been recently renewed alongside multiple other advertising portals. Booking has become essential, such is the popularity of this route and the business, so much so that passers-by can rarely be accommodated without prior notice in the main tourist months. The business has begun to operate the Free to Book platform and is also well-represented by excellent trip advisor ratings and testimonials that are displayed on the website.

The complex is situated within the village of Melvich, on the A836, at the mouth of the Halladale River. The site is situated on one of the most popular routes for those wanting to undertake the North Coast 500 and John O’Groats to Lands’ End challenge. The village of Melvich which derives its name from the Norse meaning sand dune bay, sits on the northern-most coast of Sutherland, close to the town of Thurso. The area has long been a Mecca for the field sports enthusiast. Not only does the area host an impressive range of top salmon rivers, it is a prime Scottish destination for wild brown trout angling. Sea fishing from Scrabster Harbour at the estuary of the Thurso River offers an alternative to game angling, these opportunities combining to offer year round sport. Sutherland is an area rich in wildlife, home to herds of wild red deer, the otter and the Atlantic salmon amongst other species. Ornithologists are frequent visitors to the county, attracted by the golden eagle, hen harrier, peregrine falcon, short eared owl, and numerous other birds of prey. As for the tourist, there are lots of options. A day trip to Orkney is within easy reach, as are numerous sites of archaeological interest, the Castle of Mey and John O’ Groats. The region is also renowned for the surfing within the high rolling waves. The nearby Town of Thurso offers a wide range of shops, restaurants and facilities. The United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority facility at Dounreay and adjacent site of HMS Vulcan brings a large number of business travellers to the area. Melvich has a Primary School with senior schooling in Thurso High School.


Glamping Pods
An attractive feature of this charming holiday accommodation business is the glamping village which has been constructed in a circular profile. There are 6 solid timber pods, constructed in Scandinavian pine, 3 wishbone style, sleeping up to 4 people and 3 hexagonal shaped which sleep up to 7; all are fully double glazed. The pods all offer, televisions, fridges and comfortable mattresses, as well as tea and coffee making facilities. There is a dining table and chairs sufficient for the number of guests and electric heating. Each pod offers outside space and each has its own picnic bench. The site is enclosed with car parking close-by.

Touring Park
There are 21 large hard-standing pitches, with grass area on one side and hard standing on the other, all with electrical hook-ups. There are 4 additional hook-ups which remain unused at this time but offer further potential. All are designed to allow more than ample space and privacy. The pitches are arranged around the circumference of the camping grounds, there is a chemical waste and grey water disposal facility. Touring campers and caravans have full access to the utility block.

There is a large grassed area in the centre of the site for camping pitches. This can accommodate up to 7 large tents. This is fully supported by the utilities block.

Utilities Block
The utilities block has been newly constructed and to a very high standard. Fully heated this building offers three main areas, as well as storage for the owners and a cleaner’s cupboard. The male and female units, each have three showers and three wash hand basins plus toilets, fully heated throughout. There is a separate disabled shower facility. The laundry room contains coin-operated washer/dryer machines, ironing facilities, sink, and is most generous in size. The wash-up room for dishes offers two stainless steel sinks, a fridge and freezer and a microwave, for guests’ use. Two new boilers are installed, one controls the heating and the other provides instantaneous hot water; these are economical to run. Externally there is a facility for hanging up wet suits and an external shower, ideal for surfers.

The Inn
The Inn is a traditional stone-built property under slate roof dating back some 200 years and was formerly an old croft house. This charming aspect of the business has been tastefully restored blending the original character with modern facilities and décor which gives it the ‘wow factor’. The bistro area to the right of the building offers a modern bar servery and an array of tables and chairs in an very attractive setting. To the left is the bar area with further tables and chairs and welcoming multi-fuel stove. Externally to the front of the building are further picnic benches and to the rear, mounted on a non-slip decking are four more seating areas. Male and female toilets are located to the end of the building with baby changing facilities all of which enjoy underfloor heating.

Reception and Shop
This a smart area with a service counter and office space to the rear, containing computer equipment and storage as well as a CCTV system which can be accessed both on-site and via mobile apps. The large windows look over the site, a position easily located by guests. The shop sells a variety of essential and luxury items, as well as tourist memorabilia.

The bistro is supported by a fully equipped commercial kitchen, containing 6 burner gas stove, oven rationale, fryers, salad bar, stainless steel work benches microwaves etc. There is a large storage area, cellar and efficient extraction system. This kitchen has been fully renovated and equipped, including new commercial flooring and storage.

The owners / staff accommodation, is located off-set from the customer areas in an area of mainly grassed ground. Access is via a decked area to the front door. This Park-home unit was erected two years ago and comprises of 2 bedrooms, a double with en-suite WC facilities and a twin-bed room. There is a separate shower room. The living area is most spacious and is open-plan set to a lounge / diner. The kitchen is well-appointed with ample storage units. There is an external shed and storage to the side.

The North Coast Touring Park, is well-signed and easy to locate. The access leads to an attractive site within a truly stunning setting. Extending to just over 2.5 acres, the accommodation units are well laid out offering both privacy and amenity space.

The whole site benefits from mains electricity and water. Drainage is private via two newly installed septic tanks. There are two bulk LPG tanks which provide hot-water and cooking gas throughout the site. The business is fully fire compliant. The site has a strong fibre optic Wi-Fi signal. There is also a chemical waste disposal area.
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