• Historic Highland Hotel dating from c1720 in a stunning coastal setting on the ever-popular tourist route 'the Road to the Isles' (A830) running from Mallaig to Fort William.
• Picturesque and popular trading location offering 13 well-appointed en-suite bedrooms with stunning public areas plus a flexible range of trading points.
• Spacious service areas and excellent covered decked external seating area for up to 50 guests.
• Operating on a mainly seasonal basis, trading profitably providing a "home and income" lifestyle opportunity, the business has undoubted potential for new owners to expand business further.
• Includes ample staff accommodation and a spacious area which could be developed into a 1-bed self-contained flat with stunning views, offering further lettings options subject to planning consents.DESCRIPTION
The Arisaig Hotel is an attractive and imposing building set in a most breath-taking location with stunning views overlooking Loch nan Ceall. This charming hotel was built around 1720 and has historic connections with the Jacobite uprisings, with the Princes Cairn only 5 miles away. The hotel is situated in a popular destination location for many visitors during the main season (Easter to October). The business boasts many exceptional features including a large fitted bar, charming dining room, bright and airy public rooms with beautiful views, as well as 13 en-suite letting bedrooms. The quality of the décor and fixtures and fittings reflect the care and investment made by the owners; this business is well-presented and is in walk-in condition. The property also boasts 2-suites of bedrooms which can be used as either owner's / staff accommodation making this a superb home or business proposition.TRADE
This is a high-performing business generating a high level of turnover producing a sound level of adjusted net profit. The hotel trades on a mainly seasonal basis retaining a bar function for the locals throughout the year plus a limited catering facility through the bar. The rooms are traded from mid-March to mid-November. Income streams are split between the 13 letting bedrooms and the wet / food sales. The bar has a good reputation for the real ales it serves. The hotel enjoys a good level of repeat business, thus ensuring a consistently high occupancy level. The proprietors operate a popular range of fayre, catering to both tourists and the local community; the population of Arisaig sits at around 350 but benefits from a larger catchment area. The owners take great pride in ensuring that their guests receive a particularly warm and friendly welcome, maintaining the trading elements to a very high standard. Tourism is a key driver of trade and includes those who undertake water sports (kayaking and diving), fishing, walking / climbing holidays or partake in a more sedate excursion of the Highlands taking in the many scenic sites and historical features. Other visitors include ornithologists and naturalists who find an abundance of wildlife to keep them busy for an extended stay. The situation of the business is such that it is easy to locate for those who booked via the internet and the casual passer-by seeking accommodation / refreshment. The business is well-signposted and is supported by a modern website () which utilises an on-line booking platform. The hotel is marketed through a number of portal websites and has a solid presence on the internet and through social media sources.STAFF
The hotel employs a maximum of 25 staff during the main season with a small crew retained on full-time terms. Seasonal staff are recruited locally and through web-based recruitment sites.REASON FOR SELLING
The vendors purchased The Arisaig Hotel in 2013 and have improved the infrastructure and operational aspects of this iconic hotel. Due to family reasons they have decided to reduce their business portfolio and therefore present this excellent trading entity to the market.LOCATION
Arisaig Hotel is situated in the small coastal village of Arisaig, which is famed for its rugged landscapes, beautiful beaches and outstanding views overlooking Loch nan Ceall and the Small Isles of Eigg, Rum and Muck. Arisaig is a popular village with its coastal situation, it is an ideal base from which to explore this extremely attractive part of the Highlands & Inner Isles. The village itself has a marina, shop, post office, two churches, primary school etc. with further facilities available at Mallaig (8 miles) and Fort William (35 miles). The links by both road and rail are good. Secondary education is provided at Mallaig High School, with primary education located in the village. The area is ideal for a range of activities to include sea-kayaking, sailing, diving, walking, mountaineering, skiing in Fort William, fishing, cycling, motor biking, wildlife spotting, painting and photography. Though in a secluded part of the Highlands, the business is readily accessible being on the A830, the "Road to the Isles" which links Fort William and Mallaig. It is also on the route north/south linking Mull with Skye, a popular travel route for visitors of all types. There is a regular train service to London via Fort William and is not far from Glenfinnan with its viaduct and monument overlooking Loch Shiel. The Glenfinnan Monument is a tribute to those who fought in the Jacobite Risings which culminated in the Battle of Culloden in 1746; Prince Charles Edward Stuart raised his father's Standard at Glenfinnan a year before this famous battle marking the start of the Jacobite campaign. It was from Loch Nan Uamh, in the Sound of Arisaig, from where Bonnie Prince Charlie departed for Skye after his defeat at Culloden. In the summer months the Jacobite Steam train travels on the Glenfinnan railway line, a popular tourist activity made famous by the Harry Potter films.THE PROPERTY
The Arisaig Hotel is a three-storey detached property; stone built under slate roof with the original subjects dating from around 1720. A most attractive feature of the sale is the stunning location of the business with its expansive seaward views. The hotel is fronted by a large car park.GUEST AREAS
Entry to the hotel can be either directly into the bar or a separate entrance leading to the spacious reception where there is a purpose-built reception counter. There are sofas within the reception area plus a real fire. Additional seating is located in the inner-hallway which gives access to the resident lounge and dining room. The residents lounge offers a great deal of space for guests to relax after a busy day's activities. The lounge is currently being used as an additional dining room due to owners preference. It has a bay window offering majestic views and solid fuel fire adding to its ambience. This is a charming room benefiting from many period features with comfortable furnishings. The dining room can seat up to 40 covers and is set to free-standing tables and chairs on a wood floor. This is a splendid room to enjoy a more formal meal. Guests also enjoy the stunning vistas and benefit from a real fire.
Taking a left at the reception guests come to the family dining area where families can enjoy a casual meal. This area is set to booth style seating. Opposite this area are the ladies and gents' washrooms which are utilised by guests using the childrens area and lounge / cocktail bar. The cocktail bar is set to 14 seats and is a lovely quiet area for residents and locals alike to enjoy a few drinks. There is a back to back bar with the public bar. The main bar is a spacious venue with an attractive large bar servery and seating for 30 plus there is a mezzanine level which can accommodate a further 24 guests. The bar has a lovely traditional ambience and is popular with tourists and locals alike. Set with a wood-burning stove, the bar has both ladies and gents' washrooms. Double doors from the bar gives access to the stunning area of covered decking which can accommodate up to 50 guests. This is a popular area and customers from around the area glamour to the hotel on stunning summer evenings. Stairs from the reception lead to all the letting bedrooms on the first and second floors.LETTING BEDROOMS
The hotel's 13 guest rooms are furnished to a high standard and benefit from en-suite shower/bathroom. In room facilities comprise of television, Wi-Fi, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The letting accommodation offers 8 rooms with sea facing views plus 4 with village views. Nine rooms are located on the first floor and 4 rooms on the second floor. Most rooms offer spacious accommodation and are configured as follows:First Floor
Room 1 - Double with bunk beds with en-suite bathroom with mixer shower
Room 3 - Twin Room with en-suite bathroom with mixer shower
Room 4 - Double Room with en-suite bathroom with mixer shower
Room 5 - Single Room with en-suite shower room
Room 6 - Double Room with en-suite bathroom with mixer shower
Room 7 - Twin Room with en-suite bathroom with mixer shower
Room 8 - Superior Double Room with en-suite bathroom with mixer shower
Room 10 - Superior Twin Room with en-suite bathroom with mixer shower
Room 11 - Double Room with en-suite shower roomSecond Floor
Room 12 - Family Room (double and bunks) with ½ bath and shower over
Room 13 - Double Room with en-suite shower room
Room 14 - Double Room with en-suite shower room
Room 15 - Double Room with en-suite shower roomSERVICE AREAS
With a fully provisioned commercial kitchen and supporting storage facilities, the food production aspects of the business are of an excellent standard. There is a separate pot-wash area and supplementary food preparation space. To the rear aspects is a staff room and a dry-goods store. Additionally, a large laundry is well-equipped with 2 roller presses, 2 gas dryers and 2 commercial washing machines and there is ample storage throughout. Servicing the bars is a chilled cellar plus there is a separate bottle / spirits store. The business has a separate office, cellar and linen store. In addition to the reception, there is a further office.STAFF / OWNER'S ACCOMMODATION
An attractive feature of the sale is the spacious owner's and staff accommodation. There are 2 suites of rooms within the main hotel plus a 2-bedroom staff static caravan in the grounds. The staff accommodation in the attic includes a utility room, 2 bedrooms and a bathroom. On the first floor is a further suite of rooms comprising of 1 double and 2 single bedrooms and a shower unit; ideal for staff occupancy. These rooms are in need of decorative upgrades.GROUNDS
The hotel boasts a good level of guest parking with over 20 parking slots. The external decked seating area has excellent seaward views and can seat up to 50 guests. There are a number of external storage areas to the rear aspects of the hotel including 2 freezer / storage sheds and a waste shed with compactor.SERVICES
The subjects benefit from mains electricity and water. The building is heated by oil-fired central heating. The hotel utilises LPG Gas for cooking. Wi-Fi is available in the downstairs public areas. The property is fully fire compliant and meets Environmental Health standards. The building benefits from a CCTV system and security alarm and has external lighting to the front of the building.
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