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Attractive 6-Bedroom Guest House in Alness

Alness, Highland council, Scotland

  • Freehold Price: £375,000
Seller Reference: Morven House
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Seller Reference: Morven House
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• Attractive 'C' Listed building offering “home and income” opportunity with a superb trading location in the thriving town of Alness.

• Accommodation includes, 6 en-suite letting bedrooms, large dining room, guest lounge, and private 2-bedroom owners flat.

• Recently refurbished self-contained, two bedroom cottage with kitchen and large lounge fitted out to a high standard.

• Large unit to the side of the property suitable for a variety of uses subject to consents along with various outbuildings and static caravan.

• Set amidst mature garden grounds extending to circa 2 acres offering further development potential subject to the necessary consents.

Morven House is a substantial and attractive Georgian style Scottish villa dating back to circa 1840. This extensive elegant stone built property is prominently located on the edge of Alness. Set in an elevated position within extensive mature gardens, this outstanding prospect enjoys a prime roadside frontage with excellent signage whilst also affording ease of access. Currently presented as a bed and breakfast, although not operating at present, the property radiates character and charm, where comfort, service and quality feature highly. Turnover can be generated from the six letting rooms and the recently refurbished self-contained 2-bedroomed cottage. There is undoubted potential to trade the business at a high level and to diversify the business aspects further. The property also benefits from a large utilitarian unit which has been used in the past as a craft shop but could be developed into additional letting units or a café / catering facility.

The current owners are upgrading the property in terms of décor and fixtures and fittings, investing time and finance, and this is ongoing. In addition, the property benefits from investment in the capital aspects with the upgrade of the drainage system and installation of a new central heating system throughout which has added value. The excellent property, good owners accommodation and service areas, attractive guest facilities and established gardens come together to form this attractive, stylish and well established guest house opportunity.

The present owners bought Morven House in 2018, with the intention of trading as a Guest House, and letting out the cottage. Unfortunately their family situation has prevented full operation and they have concentrated on upgrading and redecorating, which is ongoing. The Cottage is now ready to be let out and will operate this season. The Bed and Breakfast is also able to be operated but the current owners will not take guests this year. Another attractive feature of this property is the expansive gardens and additional under-utilised buildings which provide some scope for further development subject to necessary consents. Due to on-going family issues the proprietors have chosen to bring this excellent home and income opportunity prematurely to the market.

The Town of Alness is set adjacent to the busy A9; the arterial route from Inverness to Thurso. The property is most convenient for guests wishing to walk to the excellent range of nearby shops, restaurants etc. Alness is well served with facilities and services for visitors and residents alike. The location of Morven House ensures that it benefits from the busy tourist season but also profits from the industries based within the region thereby affording year-round business activity. The town is centrally located for exploring the wider Highland area and taking in its many attractions. Inverness, Culloden Battlefield and Loch Ness are all within a day-trip distance. Outdoor pursuits such as bird watching and fishing also draw a great many visitors to the region who take advantage of the abundance of wildlife. Within the Cromarty Firth seals are readily observed and in the Moray Firth dolphins are a great attraction. For the dedicated golfer there are a number of outstanding quality golf courses within the immediate area, the most famous being Royal Dornoch. Castles, potteries and distilleries offer the more leisurely tourist ample places of culture, interest and history to visit. Alness enjoys a very good geographic location and is an ideal base from which visitors can continue their odyssey of Sutherland, Caithness and the West Coast.

Of traditional stone construction Morven House presents a charming detached Georgian villa under a slate roof with two single story extensions. The attractive walled frontage and a long-driveway leads to ample car parking for guest and owners vehicles. Extensive gardens provide superb surroundings for guests and an excellent level of amenity for the owners.

A generous shared driveway leads to the wooden double-door entrance portico which opens into the spacious hallway forming the main reception area for the guest house. The initial impression gained upon entry to the property reflects the age and style of this quality building which possesses a number of original features including high skirting boards, ornate cornicing and ceiling roses. On the ground floor there is a smart guest lounge which is presented to a comfortable standard. This lounge, situated to the right of the reception hall, has beautiful ornate cornicing, an elegant ceiling rose centered within a high ceiling and deep skirting boards; all reflective of the origins of this impressive property. The room has a wood-burning stove set in a most attractive original surround. The bay window within the lounge allows for excellent natural lighting and faces to the front of the property facilitating easy reception of guests.

To the left of the reception hallway is a bright and commodious breakfasting room. Within this room is a bar which could be utilised should new owners wish to undertake this provision, subject to obtaining the necessary consents. The breakfasting room has the capacity to provide an evening meals service with its large bay window and newly carpeted floor, it possesses a restful and relaxing ambience. Wall lighting and other fittings are in keeping with this most attractive property. There is a disabled W.C. on the ground floor for guest use. Also on the ground floor is an en-suite bedroom. Stairs lead to 5 further en-suite bedrooms on the first floor.

Morven House currently has 6 letting bedrooms to sleep 15 guests, as follows:

Ground Floor
Room 6 - Twin / double - en-suite shower room
First Floor
Room 1 - Double (with bed settee) - en-suite shower room
Room 2 - Family Room (double and single beds) - en-suite shower room
Room 3 - Single - en-suite shower
Room 4 - Family Room (double and single beds) - en-suite shower room
Room 5 - Double - en-suite shower room

All bedrooms benefit from modern en-suite facilities. The bedroom located on the ground floor provides facilities for less able guests, presented to a good standard.

The self-catering unit has its own private entrance and is configured to 2 bedrooms, family bathroom, large lounge and kitchen. The unit can be utilised for self-catering accommodation or for family groups seeking bed and breakfast. This facility could also be used for extended family accommodation.

Adjacent to the main house is a large general utility building which has previously been used as a craft shop. This spacious building has potential to be used for a wide range of activities subject to obtaining the necessary consents.

The owners have a private area within the house. There is a large lounge with a modern newly refurbished spacious bathroom on the first floor. Additionally, there are a further two bedrooms, and a small office, ideal for an extended family. The modern, large country-kitchen is a most attractive feature of this property with an area for dining and excellent storage. It provides ample work-space, meeting both business and personal requirements. There is also a large utility room with good storage and a W.C. for family use.

Morven House is a substantial property set within two acres of grounds, benefitting from a prime roadside trading position. There is ample parking for business needs and owners use. There is a most attractive outside seating area for customer use. There is a wide range of external buildings including a garage, static caravan, and numerous areas for storage etc. Within the garden area is a poly-tunnel measuring 36 ft x 14 ft.

There is significant scope to develop this business further. There is also potential to develop the grounds either as amenity space or through building projects. There is extant planning permission to have a garden center within the subjects if a new owner was interested.

The subjects benefit from mains utilities; electricity, water and drainage. Gas central heating has been installed and there is a large wood-burning stove in the lounge. The main house has an integral fire alarm system. There are eight security cameras (one of which is located in reception and another in the dining room), mainly used as a management tool. The property is partially double glazed.
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