•Elegant Victorian Villa boasting 5 star gold AA rating, trading over the VAT threshold generating good profitability on 8 months trading and providing a “home and income” lifestyle opportunity.
•Beautifully appointed property, trading five chic and luxurious bedrooms boasting modern design whilst retaining, character and comfort, with stunning en-suite facilities and stylish public rooms.
•Owner’s accommodation within the guest house comprising of large owners lounge, small sitting room, en-suite double bedroom, office and country kitchen.
•Completely separate house with private garden set within the grounds comprising open plan lounge, dining/kitchen, en-suite double bedroom and first floor comprising large lounge/office space.
•Generous and attractive grounds with private off road parking.DESCRIPTION
Trafford Bank Guest House is a contemporary bed and breakfast set within a substantial and elegant Victorian villa, lying in a quiet residential area of Inverness, within walking distance of the city center. The property is fresh and stylish having been recently refurbished and provides a comfortable space for both guests and owners who can relax in the warm atmosphere of the guest houses’ elegant lounge and conservatory dining room.
This attractive business has an established trading pattern of regular and repeat visitors. The reviews on all websites used to advertise this Guest House rate it as excellent and 5 star. It is apparent when entering that these awards are well deserved. The vendor has developed the business in both the trading aspects and infrastructure, presenting this charming property in pristine condition. It is her attention to detail in each and every aspect of the business operation that has generated this growing Guest House which demonstrates high profitability. The five excellent en-suite letting rooms are beautifully furnished and finished to a laudable standard. In addition, the house has outstanding service facilities and spacious owner’s accommodation which combine to make this a highly desirable property. This business is in truly walk-in condition and is immediately available as a going concern. Such is the situation and stature of the premises that it is easy to locate for both those who have booked via the internet and the casual passer-by seeking accommodation
Within the grounds is a 1 and a half storey property presently utilised by the owner’s parents. This spacious and separate home has a private garden and is ideal for use as either owner’s accommodation or to be let out as a holiday home.
Behind the scenes, the kitchen is spacious and well designed to provide ease of flow to the dining room. Generous storage, preparation areas and large fridge all contribute to a well-run operation. The house effortlessly blends a modern contemporary feel with the grandeur of original Victorian features resulting in a true must-see property. REASON FOR SELLING
The current owner, having invested heavily in the infrastructure of this chic B&B, has decided to pursue other interests which places this unique and perfectly ready opportunity to the market. New owners can take this beautifully decorated platform and develop the business further to take it to the next level of operation.BUSINESS OPERATION
The business is currently run by the owner for 8 months of the year, closing for the remaining 4 months. Income is generated through the utilisation of portal websites, sound advertising and ongoing contacts with a number of local businesses. Trading on a bed and breakfast basis only, this easy-to-operate business is in superb walk in condition.LOCATION
Inverness town center is about a half mile, just a short walk from Trafford Bank Guest House, and is ideally situated for those either visiting or working in the City. Inverness has extensive facilities for visitors boasting two golf courses, an excellent indoor swimming complex, cinema, bowling and ample opportunity to enjoy evening entertainment at a range of venues. Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre is an ever-popular site, as well as Urquhart Castle. Whether it is a whisky trail, a boat trip on Loch Ness or along the Caledonian Canal, or a visit to one of the many accessible Scottish castles, the property is ideally situated to allow guests to undertake their odyssey of the Highlands, being within easy reach of a wide range of visitor attractions.
Inverness is a vibrant and expanding City which provides ongoing opportunities in both commerce and social activities. Such growth benefits established hospitality businesses and ensures a year-round trade. The area proves highly popular with golfers, anglers, ornithologists and naturalists, not to mention business clientele and of course tourism - a key business driver. Inverness has a full range of social and welfare facilities associated with a small city. Both primary and secondary schooling is available locally.THE PROPERTY
Of traditional build, Trafford Bank was once the former diocese for the Bishop of Moray and Ross-shire and has a stature befitting. It is a substantial, detached Victorian property built in 1873 and has been maintained to a high standard. Of mainly stone construction under a pitched slate roof, the accommodation is laid out across two floors. Private parking, beautiful mature gardens and ample utility areas complete this highly desirable property. A stone wall surrounds much of the subjects providing a good level of privacy and reduces external noise to a very low level. PUBLIC AREAS
Entry to the property is via a graveled drive leading to a generous parking area. The guest, and main entrance, to the house is via a conservatory porch which leads to a spacious reception hallway brimming with character. A key feature is the charming staircase along with the dark wooden doors and skirting boards which give rise to a feeling of quality and comfort. To the left is a substantial, bright and spacious private owners lounge with dining table featuring a large bay window and is quite simply stunning in design and décor. Next on the left is the guest lounge which is equally beautifully presented and displays many original Victorian features such as high skirting boards, display alcoves, decorative cornicing plus a high ceiling. This room leads through to the sun lounge / conservatory where guests can enjoy breakfast while admiring the external aspects. The modern, light and bright Everest conservatory has Brazilian slate flooring, Thomas Sanderson blinds with powered ceiling blinds, under floor heating system and up to date fibre optic lighting. There are double French doors leading to the garden.
On the right on entering the building is the owners further sitting / TV room and the staircase leading to the five letting bedrooms which are on the first floor. The hallway leads to the kitchen and owner’s accommodation which is set to the rear.LETTING BEDROOMS
In total the guest house has 5 excellently appointed letting bedrooms, but there is scope within the property to create further rooms should new owners desire.
All rooms are presented to the highest standard with attractive en-suites. In room facilities include flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, iPod docks, mini-fridges, Nespresso machines plus hair dryers, radio alarms and full hospitality trays. In addition ironing facilities are available. All rooms are presented to an exceptionally high standard and are presently configured as follows:
Tartan Room - Double room (large window) with full size free standing bath with shower attachment and separate shower cubicle.
Thistle Room - Spacious super-king room with good storage, en-suite with full size bath and shower over.
Green Room - Family room with en-suite and shower cubicle, lovely bright room situated on the mid-landing, with impressive views from large window.
Floral Room - King-size room, bright and airy with spacious en-suite with white full size bath with shower over.
Trafford Room - Large king-size room, with day bed with bay window and en-suite with slipper bath and shower cubicle.PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION/SERVICE AREAS
The owner’s private accommodation is situated on the ground floor to the front and rear of the subjects. This accommodation comprises a large lounge with feature marble open fireplace, housing a Victorian grate and flame effect gas fire with a tiled hearth, a sitting room / TV room, kitchen, office and double en-suite bedroom. Access can be gained privately via an external back door as well as from the main hallway. The business has a good-sized kitchen and washing-up space with ample storage cupboards throughout. This country kitchen with ample workstations is most adequate for family and trading needs. Additional storage is located externally and a linen store is situated on the first floor. A utility room is set off the kitchen and in external storage areas to the rear is the laundry and general storage.SEPARATE HOUSE
Located within the grounds and included in the sale is a one and a half storey property currently used by the owner’s parents. This separate house with private access and garden is suitable as either owners accommodation or as a holiday let subject to consents. Internally the property is well-decorated and spacious. The ground floor comprises an open plan lounge and dining / kitchen with patio doors out to the private garden. There is also a good sized bedroom and bathroom on the ground floor. An attractive spiral staircase leads to the 1st floor which is a huge open plan area 26.6 x14.4m currently used as living and office space but could certainly be developed to offer additional bedrooms etc.GROUNDS
The main frontage of the building has a prominent roadside location and offers easy access and a spacious, graveled private parking area. The mature gardens to the front and left of the property are highly attractive with a seating area and are laid to a well cultivated range of plants, shrubs and lawn. A private, fenced-off garden area is situated to the side and behind leading to a patio area and the separate house.
The property has a good level of external lighting. There is parking for 6 cars within the subjects.DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL
Trafford Guest House presently trades on a bed and breakfast basis only. Enthusiastic new owners could provide more bedrooms, or evening meals if so desired, and also operate for 12 months rather than 8. Inverness is a year-round destination and there is certainly business to be had in the shoulder months.SERVICES
The property benefits from mains electricity, gas, water and drainage. Trafford Bank Guest House is fully compliant with extant fire regulations. The house benefits from gas central heating with two new boilers installed in 2016. There is underfloor heating in the conservatory and the property is mostly double glazed.
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