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Award winning, 20 bedroom country house hotel with panoramic coastal views in Dumfries and Galloway

Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

  • Freehold Price: £950,000
  • Annual Turnover: £636,000
Seller Reference: Balcary Bay House Hotel
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Auchencairn, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway, DG7 1QZ

• Outstanding, award winning hotel
• Panoramic coastal views within a tranquil setting
• 20 bespoke e/s bedrooms and owner’s accommodation
• AA Rosette restaurant, conservatory and lounge bar
• Owned by same family for 35 years
• Presented to a high standard throughout
• Very well established and reputable hotel
• Offers great potential to increase trade levels
• 3 bed staff cottage (sep. negotiation)

Auchencairn is a small village in the historical county of Kirkcudbrightshire within Dumfries and Galloway. It is located on the coast of the Solway Firth at the head of Auchencairn Bay and is accessed via the A711 road between the town of Dalbeattie to the east and the bustling “Artist’s Town”, Kirkcudbright, to the west. Castle Douglas is also within 15 mins drive and offers a host of local amenities and schooling. Balcary Bay Country House Hotel takes its name from the beautiful bay on which it stands commanding a stunning location overlooking the Solway, within a secluded area of natural beauty. The hotel has views directly over the Solway coast and towards Heston Isle, the hide- out of 17th Century smugglers, with the peaks of the Cumbrian Lake District beyond. The hotel is set within three acres of mature landscaped coastal grounds & stands on the shore of the Balcary bay offering all the comforts you would expect from a family owned country house hotel. The surrounding area offers an abundance of outdoor activities and tourist attractions and whether you are a seasoned walker, cyclist, golfer, bird-watcher, or merely wish to escape for a little peace & tranquillity the hotel offers an ideal base. Glasgow is approximately 2hours drive via the M74. Stranraer is approximately 1.5 hours drive, via the A75.

The property dates from 1625 and was bought by the current owner’s family in 1984. Located directly along the shoreline the property has been developed and extended over the years into one of the finest country house hotels in the area. Split over 3 main levels with a further lower ground level, the hotels whitewashed façade stands proud amongst its surroundings. Accessed via a single track road which runs along the bay, directly from the A711.

This pleasing room gives access to all the other areas within the hotel and is an ideal place to sit and relax either before or after your dinner, or after a long day exploring the area. The welcoming and charming surroundings are enhanced by the feature open fire and the period features incorporating the panelling. This room has benefitted from a recent upgrade.

Leading directly from the lounge, the public bar also follows onto the conservatory, where bar meals/lunches are served on a daily basis and open to non-residents. Ideal for small private functions/meetings the conservatory commands outstanding views over the garden and Balcary bay. Ideal for the more casual diner, the bistro style menu is offered between 12-2pm. In the evening it is open for drinks only, from 6-11pm, with all food being served in the restaurant.

Presented in a very traditional way the lounge has a large semi-circular bay window formation allowing residents to the take full advantage of the panoramic views. Accessed to the rear of the public lounge it offers a relaxed and private area for guests to enjoy, with varying period features and comfortable seating.

Split into two main areas and accessed directly from the public lounge, the award-winning fine dining restaurant offers culinary delights to suit everyone, using the freshest and locally sourced produce. Presented to a high standard the dining area to the front of the hotel has a feature bay window table, ideal for a special occasion with panoramic views. To ensure the highest of standards for all their guests, the restaurant has a “smart casual” dress code within its relaxed and comfortable surroundings and a discerning wine list with over 100 to choose from. The restaurant prices for 2019 are: 2 course dinner £36.50, 3 course dinner £41.75 and a 4 course plus coffee and petit fours £48.25. WiFi is available throughout the public areas and not in the bedrooms.

LOWER GROUND FLOOR (no longer in use)
Bar/Function area (Old Bar Room)
This offers excellent potential to establish the public bar, if desired as it is no longer utilised, however it does offer a large area that could be adapted. The entrance could also be opened back up so guests could access directly from the side of the building.

Games Room
Accessed from the bar this large room has a bright bay window formation looking onto the gardens and bay. Upon inspection the full potential of this lower ground floor can be explored. There is also male and female toilets.

The hotel trades with 20 bespoke letting bedrooms each with en-suite facilities offering a range of accommodation to suit all tastes, including 3 superior bay view rooms on the ground floor with private patio. Room types consist of Garden View rooms, Bay View rooms, Deluxe Bay View rooms and the Superior Bay View rooms. Each of the bedrooms are presented to a high standard incorporating either sea or garden views. All the rooms are non-smoking and pets are accepted by prior arrangement.

Located within the hotel the flat comprises: Entrance Hall, fitted kitchen, lounge, bedroom with en suite

Spacious 2/3-bedroom house with enclosed private garden to the rear, located within the village. The cottage has a guide price of £100,000. Presented well throughout, the cottage comprises: Ground Floor Small entrance hall, fully fitted kitchen, utility room, access to rear garden, lounge, dining room currently used as bedroom 3 (double). First Floor Small landing, bathroom, 2 double bedrooms.

Ancillary Areas
The hotel has extensive and versatile storage and back of house facilities including: Main Kitchen, chill store, beer store, dry goods store, wines & spirits store, staff room, male/ female/staff toilets. There is also a large office with feature bay window. On the lower ground there is further extensive storage space, boiler room, drying room, water tanks and locked storage rooms.
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Auchencairn is a small village in the historical county of Kirkcudbrightshire within Dumfries and Galloway. It is located on the coast of the Solway Firth at the head of Auchencairn Bay and is accessed via the A711 road between the town of Dalbeattie to the east and the bustling “Artist’s Town”, Kirkcudbright, to the west.
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