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Seven-Eight-Bedroom Detached Victorian Guest House on the Island of Orkney

Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland

  • Price: £600,000
Seller Reference: 1911992
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Seller Reference: 1911992
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CCL are delighted to offer a rare opportunity to purchase a seven-eight-bedroom detached Victorian guest house on the Island of Orkney. Situated in an enviable idyllic position on the edge of Kirkwall overlooking the world famous Highland Park Distillery and across Kirkwall to the bay and high ground beyond. The property was upgraded in 2017. It was featured in Alex Polizi’s TV show ‘My dream hotel’ and has been successfully operating as a Guest House since. It is popular with both tourists and business travellers. The property is in true walk in condition and comprises 7 - 8 generously sized luxury guest rooms (most of which are en-suite, 1 with private bathroom and 2 with shared bathroom), a large lounge/music room, library/meeting room, an art gallery and a formal dining room. Generous sized owners’ accommodation can be arranged in several possible ways including a 2 bed flat on the second floor or a 1 bed flat on the first floor. The property has its own car park which provides ample space for parking.

Early viewing is strongly recommended to truly appreciate the quality of this property and the full business potential it offers.

Situation:
Combined, Kirkwall is the cosmopolitan capital of the Orkney Islands, offering a diverse range of services including independent retailers and national traders, together with a choice of hotels, eateries, supermarkets, sports and leisure facilities. The town is the transport hum for bus routes across the main Island and is home to the ferry terminal with connections to Aberdeen, Shetland and the Northern Isles.

Highland Park House is ideally located for touring Mainland Orkney with the majority of archaeological and world heritage sites within a 45 minutes drive of the Guest House. Neighboured by the world famous Highland Park Distillery, the property is less than 10 minutes from the airport by car and a 20 minute walk or 5 minute drive from Kirkwall town centre.

The Business:
Highland Park House is a beautiful 19th century Guest House located in Kirkwall on the Mainland of Orkney. Highland Park House has been completely refurbished by the current owners and now operates as a very successful and profitable Guest House offering B&B since July 2014, boasting excellent reviews on Trip Advisor and other online booking sites.

With 7-8 letting rooms offering flexible configurations, the accommodation currently comprises one single and six double rooms, 5 with en-suites, 1 with a private bathroom and 2 adjoining rooms with a shared private bathroom. Two ground floor rooms are currently utilized for the owner’s private use therefore adding them back to the bookings pool would allow new owners to increase the current revenue.

There is high demand for rooms throughout the year on the island, which is popular with business travelers and tourists, particularly during the summer months. Tourism is a growth industry in Orkney, with visitor numbers steadily increasing. There were 174,000 in 2017 (not including cruise ships). This profitable business boasts excellent trading figures with 100% occupancy levels during peak season which enables the owners to operate from April to October only.

There is great potential to increase turnover with extended trading periods and the introduction of flexible accommodation option such as full self-catering lettings. The dining room can serve for around 26 covers which would cater well for small functions and private dining bookings.

The Property:
The property has been fully renovated internally in keeping with its original 1890’s art nouveau style and is beautifully presented throughout. Modern comforts have been paired with art deco features, antique furnishings and personal design touches to create luxury spaces that are warm and inviting.

Guests enter via the main front door which leads into an elegant hallway with original oak and pitch pine wood panelling. There is a good sized cloakroom and WC. In the panelled hall, a door to the right gives access to the breakfast room; a wonderful period room with ornate cornicing and splendid views over the distillery and countryside beyond. To the left is the owners’ study, wood panelled with original fireplace and front aspect. The drawing room / events room sits at the end of the rear corridor and is suitable for a variety of events and functions for special occasions.

A return stair from the main hall leads to the first floor and letting rooms, all individually furnished in period style to emphasise their original Victorian features. In total there are 7 luxury letting rooms made up of a combination of double and twin with either en-suite or private bathroom facilities. All rooms benefit from stunning views. The Tower suite boasts triple aspect views over Kirkwall to Wideford Hill and Weyland Bay. This bright family suite is situated in the top of the tower and is accessed via a private staircase from the first floor.

At the rear of the property on the ground floor is the sizeable owner’s accommodation. This includes a large contemporary kitchen; utility room, lounge with wood burning stove. A double bedroom on a mezzanine level is accessed via private staircase from the hall or lounge.

Services:
This property has mains water supply and drainage, with mains electric and oil central heating.

Tenure:
This property is the held on the Sottish equivalent of a freehold.

Summary:
Attractive 8 bedroom detached Victorian Guest House, situated in a popular tourist location with spacious accommodation offered in true walk in condition. This is an ideal business opportunity with excellent potential for growth. Early viewing is recommended to truly appreciate the quality of accommodation on offer.

External:
Highland Park House is a traditional Victorian stone-built mansion that occupies a prominent spot on the outskirts of Kirkwall. A private drive leads to the historic building where ample parking is provided to the front of the property while garden grounds laid to lawn provide peaceful spaces for guests to enjoy the views. An additional area of garden grounds is located at the rear. The property is bound by a stone-built wall and has mature trees to east and north.
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