ASG Commercial is delighted to bring to the market The Craigdarroch Inn, an impressive building located in a most breathtaking location with elevated views over the village of Lower Foyers and Loch Ness. Established in 1994, this modern, purpose built Inn has many exceptional features including a large newly established conservatory bar, bright and airy dining room with beautiful views as well as a comfortable seated reception area.
The property was built with an eye to detail and features such as decorative coving, ceiling roses and wood paneling have been reinstated into this modern building which replaced the former hotel previously destroyed in a fire. All bedrooms and en-suites are of a good size, offering very comfortable accommodation. The Craigdarroch Inn provides accommodation over three floors, and the present owners keep the top floor of the property which comprises five en-suite bedrooms for their own personal use. The business trades comfortably from the remaining 8 rooms, restaurant and bar functions and turnover is increasing year on year with resultant profitability. The vendors use various agencies such as booking.com and late rooms.com using the very intelligent high level software online booking diary system. The Inn also enjoys a good level of repeat business, thus ensuring a consistently high occupancy level. The new bar is an attractive feature of the property, and is popular with both locals and tourists alike and affords spectacular views over Loch Ness. The current owners have also installed a bio-mass boiler and this is not only cost effective in the heating of the property but also generates revenue via the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme.
There is no doubt that the business could be developed further, by reinstating the top floor as letting accommodation and advertising as a sublime wedding venue. There are a number of self-catering accommodation units and B&B facilities within Foyers area which could provide an improved income stream, should evening and bar meals be promoted further.
REASON FOR SELLING
The vendors purchased Craigdarroch House in 2007 and have, since then, operated it as a rewarding and successful venture. They have invested in the property and established a sound business model. They have decided to present this opportunity to the market as they now have a young family and wish to take on a new challenge.
Craigdarroch is a three storey modern property set within its own grounds.
From the well-maintained gardens and gravel car park, access to the main building is via tiled steps or a disability ramp leading to an open pillared porch on to double wooden doors. These in turn direct guests to the entrance portico with its partially glazed doors and cornicing. Upon entering the charming entrance hall and reception area, with open fireplace, guests immediately understand the quality and comfort that is in store for them. The decor and finishing on display is reflected throughout the property.
A further inner hall leads to the drawing room which features further paneling, and cornicing. Large bay window with stunning views as well as two further windows looking on to the conservatory. This room has a pool table and dartboard as well as plenty of comfortable seating. With views over to Loch Ness and soft furnishings of excellent quality, this popular area is the ideal location to relax after a most enjoyable evening meal. The conservatory bar with its triple aspect windows has excellent views of the grounds and Loch Ness. This is a lovely area in which to enjoy a drink, dine or just take in the breathtaking views.
To the other aspect of the entrance hall is the dining room which is set to 20 covers and provides a sterling ambience by which to take dinner. With its partially paneled walls, intricate cornicing and three ceiling roses this facility provides a wonderful backdrop as a function venue. There is direct access to the kitchen. Also accessed from the reception area are ladies and gents facilities and a bar area currently used as a store room, but easily reinstated, and of note contains a marble surround solid fuel fire From the main entrance hallway stairs lead up to the first floor where all letting bedrooms are accessible.
The first floor has 8 letting rooms with a further 5 on the second floor, currently used by the owners. All letting bedrooms are spacious with en-suite facilities and are decorated to a high standard. Rooms are provisioned with full hospitality trays, LCD digital TVs, radio alarms, direct dial phones, trouser presses and hair dryers. Rooms are all en-suite and configured as follows:
Room 3 Stronelairg - a loch view room with a superking size divan bed.
Room 4 Garrogie - a loch view room with a superking size 4 poster bed zip and link mattress.
Room 5 Farraline - with a king size bed plus dual aspect windows, one with a woodland view and the other looking up the Loch to Urquhart castle.
Room 7 Killin - with silver ornate antique superking size bed and woodland view.
Room 6 Knockie - a woodland view room with one single bed and a superking size bed zip and link mattress.
Room 8 Dell - a woodland view room with 2 windows a single bed and a double bed.
Room 9 Corriegarth - a loch view room with 4 poster superking size bed.
Room 10 Compass - a loch view room with superking size divan bed.
With a fully provisioned commercial kitchen and supporting storage facilities, the food production aspects of the business are of an excellent standard. The business has separate office, cellar, staff WCs and linen store.
The hotel boasts a good level of amenity ground extending to approximately 1 acre. The mature garden is laid to a mixture of grass, shrubs and native Scottish trees. There is a substantial car parking area laid to gravel. On the lawn area, outside the bar are a selection of wooden benches and tables as well as some strategically placed chairs which take advantage of the stunning views.
Within the grounds there is a bio mass boiler house, timber garage and two timber sheds. The vendors have contemplated developing part of the land to build a dwelling and this remains a possible course of action for new owners subject to planning consent.
The subjects benefit from mains electricity and water. Heating is by means of a bio mass boiler and cooking is provided by way of LPG. The Hotel has private drainage services. With an integral fire alarm and security system, the Hotel is fully compliant with legislation. Wi-Fi is available throughout.
The Inn is located on South Loch Ness side some eighteen miles from Inverness and thirteen miles northeast of Fort Augustus; the road leading to Foyers provides a tremendously enjoyable drive along the banks of Loch Ness. Upon reaching Foyers, the Inn is clearly sign posted. The village has a shop, cafe and primary school. Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, has all the facilities required; with the airport approximately 35 minutes’ drive away.
The Highlands of Scotland are famous for magnificent scenery and rugged terrain, a repute which is comfortably upheld by Foyers. The astounding unspoilt scenery of the Great Glen plus beautiful forests, nature trails and the famous Falls of Foyers combined with luxurious family accommodation make the Craigdarroch Inn a highly popular destination with visitors seeking a peaceful and comforting holiday in the region.
Within the area there is an abundance of recreational activities. For walkers the beautiful Scottish terrain offers varied degrees of challenge from the more leisurely hill-walking to more stretching mountaineering. A wide range of birdlife attracts the ornithologist and the area has a huge appeal to the naturalist with red deer, fox, pine marten, badger, otter and many more species locally. Golf, pony trekking, touring and genealogy are other favourite pastimes together with the opportunity to visit nearby Scottish Castles, Culloden Battlefield and historic sites. For the more sedate tourist simply relaxing amidst the beautiful unspoilt surroundings is another popular option.