The Rowan Tree Country Hotel is a most charming property and an outstanding business set close to Aviemore within the Cairngorm National Park. The Rowan Tree is a resplendent country house hotel which has a long and distinguished history as a trading entity. The Hotel trades year-round with the exception of the Vendors holiday periods. In addition, they also only provide catering services to residents only on a Monday. The Hotel trades profitably showing consistent figures over an extended period. The income earning aspects of this most attractive sale are based upon the three traditional income streams; accommodation, food and wet sales. The Hotel boasts 12 quality letting rooms; 10 rooms are en-suite with two rooms sharing a bathroom facility. The business has three areas designated to food service; the stylish dining room, a smaller private dining room and the attractive cafe area which is also used for breakfast service. The Hotel also has two most comfortable lounge areas plus a cosy lounge bar.
Dating from circa1750 with more recent extensions, the property reflects its origins in many outstanding features including excellent stone work, cornicing, high skirting boards, excellent use of hardwood fixtures and fittings, tiled fireplaces, etc. The property presents all guest areas to a very high standard bringing together modern facilities without compromising the Hotel’s character. The vendors have invested in the infrastructure, decor and furnishings. They also focus heavily on the high levels of service and excellence in food production for which the business has a fine reputation. Offering an excellent range of modern cuisine, the Chef utilises a wide range of locally sourced produce. Its’ opulent feel with spacious grounds plus being within a short walk of Loch Alvie’s shore, makes it an awe-inspiring prospect. The trading aspects of the Hotel plus its location make this an outstanding business with a wide appeal.
The business comes to the market in excellent walk-in condition and is ready to operate with no requirement for additional significant capital investment. The sale of the Rowan Tree Country Hotel represents an exceptional opportunity for new owners to own a prestigious property and operate an impressive country house hotel which has a strong tradition and is set amidst some of the most stunning scenery in the UK. An attractive aspect of this business is the spacious owner’s accommodation and the two-bedroom cottage within the subjects.
REASON FOR SALE
Owned and operated by our clients since March 2004, they have now placed the property onto the market to allow them to take on new challenges.
Rowan Tree Country Hotel is accessed directly off the B9152 on to a gravel car parking area. The property is set within 1.5 acres. The main building is of traditional stone construction under slate roof built circa 1750 and is set over 3 floors. The property is presented in good decorative order with excellent quality fixtures and fittings; it is also mainly double glazed.
Entrance to the property is via a glazed door into a tiled vestibule. Through a further door guests are presented with a spacious reception hallway leading with a reception desk to the right and an office to its rear. This open plan area shows off the buildings fine architectural features including stone walls, timber beams, and wooden archways. The hallways and some public areas are laid with a good quality tartan carpet adding to the ambience of the business. To the left of the main door tables are set for lunches and this is also where breakfast is taken; it is set to 26 covers. This elongated room has a south facing aspect with excellent views to the grounds and hills beyond. To the end of this long room are the ladies and gents washrooms. Further into the hallway is a smart lounge area set to soft furnishings with a solid fuel fire place with an attractive mantle and tiled decoration. This lounge sets the tone for the character and charm which features throughout the majority of public rooms. Through this snug lounge is the main lounge which is most comfortable with patio doors to the far end. This charming room has a most relaxing ambience and is popular with guests. Guests can access a patio set with tables and chairs from this lounge. On the right of the hall is the inviting and comfy bar with its splendid servery solid fuel fire and soft furnishing. The main dining room is accessed via the bar and also from the hallway and is set to 38 covers with good quality furniture. At one end of the dining room is a further private dining area with a further 18 settings.
There are 12 superbly furnished bedrooms; 10 with en-suite facilities and a suite of two rooms utilising a private bathroom and WC. Many of the rooms present extended views over to the surrounding country-side and grounds. The rooms are generally very spacious with good quality in-room facilities including TVs, tea and coffee facilities, hair dryers, Wi-Fi, alarm clock and complimentary toiletries. The rooms are configured as follows:
Room 2 - Twin En-suite Shower
Room 3 - Double En-suite with shower over bath
Room 4 - Double En-suite with shower over bath
Room 5 - Super King-size En-suite Shower
Room 6 - Twin En-suite Shower
Room 7 – Single En-suite Shower
Room 8 - King-size En-suite Shower
Room 9 - King-size En-suite Shower
Room 10 – Bunk Beds with Private facilities
Room 11 – Double with Private Facilities
Room 12 - King-size En-suite Shower
Room 14 - Double En-suite with shower
Rooms 10 and 11 are only let together as a family suite.
OWNER’S / STAFF ACCOMMODATION
The Hotel’s accommodation is an attractive feature of this property, offering a spacious double bedroom with bathroom plus a spacious lounge. In addition the subjects contain a 2-bedroom cottage within a securely fenced off area adjacent to the main building. The property also has a family shower room and a spacious kitchen/diner/lounge. The accommodation would suit an extended family or could be used as staff accommodation.
The Hotel boasts excellent commercial kitchen and food production facilities in keeping with the fine cuisine on offer. The main kitchen has a vegetable preparation area off and a separate pot wash room. There is also a further sweet preparation room off the dining room. The food preparation areas have good quality facilities, utensils, refrigeration units and food preparation aids. There is also ample additional storage with immediate access to the side of the property to facilitate ease of deliveries etc. The business benefits from excellent general storage including a cellar and numerous other general stores plus a spacious laundry store with a separate laundry area.
Well-signed posted entrances provide access to the main gravel car parking area. There is a secondary parking area and in total accommodates in excess of 24 vehicles. The Hotel is a substantial property with gardens, laid mainly to grass and shrubs with bench seating for guest use.
The subjects benefit from mains electricity, water and drainage. Propane gas is used for cooking with oil-fired central heating.
The Hotel is situated 3 miles from Aviemore and ideally situated to take full advantage of the many self-catering, holiday lets, bed & breakfasts, caravan parks and other hotels within the region. The business is exceptionally well sign-posted and easily accessible. The immediate area is well served with facilities, shops and services for both locals and visitors alike. The Hotel sits within the Cairngorm National Park and is used as a central vacation base for exploring the wider area and taking in its many attractions.
The regions commanding landscapes attract many who are outdoor enthusiasts who take advantage of the Cairngorm and Monadhliath Mountain ranges. Hill walking and mountaineering remains a great attraction and water sports are popular in the summer season. The area benefits from ski provision, and snow and ice climbing during the winter. More sedate outdoor pursuits such as bird watching and fishing also draw a great many visitors to the region who take advantage of the abundance of wildlife in the Spey valley. For the adventurous golfer a number of good quality courses are within the immediate area, the most famous being Boat of Garten GC. Fishing and field sports are also highly popular in the region and attract visitor’s outside the high season. The area is also famous for its castles and distilleries which appeal to the more pedestrian tourist. The Rowan Tree enjoys a beneficial geographic location, just off the A9 and provides an ideal base from which visitors can continue their odyssey of both the Highland and Grampian regions. It is also an ideal waypoint for travel over to the West Coast and Fort William.