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Inchree Lodge and Four Seasons Restaurant near Fort William

Fort William, Highland, Scotland

  • Freehold Price: £550,000
Seller Reference: Inchree
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Seller Reference: Inchree
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ASG Commercial is pleased to bring to the market Inchree lodge and licensed restaurant, a unique trading opportunity and a must view business for anyone wishing to run their own lifestyle business. The property is a purpose built and well-established venture drawing together an accommodation business with a highly popular bar and restaurant. Trading to a high level with strong room occupancy rates, the business was built and developed by the current owners who have operated the business for over 30 years. The business comprises Inchree Lodge which has 12 bedrooms set to various configurations (sleeping up to 39) along with two communal kitchens plus a drying room. The Four Seasons Restaurant provides a spacious and well-appointed facility to seat around 90 guests. The restaurant has superb support areas including bathrooms, well-equipped commercial kitchen and offices.. The site benefits from ample parking and surrounding amenity space.

This is a successful and sustainable business opportunity and benefits from a high level of repeat visitors each year making this an excellent investment opportunity. Income is split equally between food and beverage sales and accommodation income. The majority of income is taken between April and October offering an easy-to-operate lifestyle business. The business would ideally suit experienced or highly motivated operators who could bring their experience, flair, imagination and energy to drive the business to greater profitability.

Restaurant trade and wet sales are generated by guests staying on-site plus the many visitors from the neighbouring lodge parks, self-catering businesses and bed and breakfasts etc. The business utilises a wide range of marketing options which helps maximise occupancy levels. The restaurant has a good reputation. The business has a highly effective website, from which (www.inchree.co.uk) online bookings are taken and also via the 3rd party site www.booking.com to provide wider market exposure. The accommodation units are suited to groups, families, couples and lone travellers looking for single night and longer stays.

Having been held and run by the family for over 30 years, the decision to sell is to allow the owners to pursue other business interests.

Inchree Lodge and Restaurant is signposted from the A82 and access is via a shared tarmac road. The properties are all presented in good condition with strong maintenance schedules in place.

Of traditional construction, this single storey property has timber finishes. Four Seasons is an attractive building which can comfortably seat around 100 customers. The open plan trading area has recently been upgraded with newly treated wooden floors and upholstered furnishing. The spacious and attractive bar is a focal point of the restaurant with a well-stocked gantry offering a wide range of beverages and minerals. The furnishings within the restaurant are mainly set to bench seating and tables but are of a high quality. To the front of the building is a covered seating area and in the warmer months there is external seating. The W.C.s just off the main bar include ladies and gents, with disabled facilities. To the rear are a number of offices plus storage facilities. An attractive feature of the sale is the fully functional commercial kitchen including support areas. To the rear of the kitchen and externally there are a number of storage units.

Of timber construction over a single floor with pitched roof, the letting accommodation building is maintained to a high standard. This detached accommodation block to the side of the restaurant and adjacent to car parking has two distinct units. The first wing has 4 letting rooms which are configured to x 1 triple bedroom, x 1 5 berth family bedroom and x 2 six-berth family bedrooms. All the aforementioned rooms have a private access. The second unit has a communal door leading to an internal corridor providing access to all other areas which includes x 5 twin rooms and x 3 three-berth family rooms (also used as doubles). All letting rooms are en-suite and have a comfortable range of furniture, fixtures and fittings. Each wing is supported by a spacious guest facility which includes a well-appointed kitchen, dining area and lounge space. Within the accommodation building is a wet-gear drying room, which reflects the outdoor nature of many guests.

There is no dedicated owners accommodation provided, however new owners wishing to live on site could use a section of Inchree Lodge if they so desired. Available by separate negotiation are a couple of options that could create owners accommodation if this was required. There is a large building plot behind the lodge with planning permission for domestic houses and enjoying stunning views. Another option would be to purchase separately another building which is located to the right of the restaurant and is currently used as a lecture facility and has accommodation within.

There is ample parking to the front of the property.

With mains electricity, water and drainage; cooking is provided by LPG gas. The buildings benefit from electric heaters and the properties are mainly double glazed. The entire site is Wi-Fi enabled via a professionally-installed system which offers guests and customers free & reliable internet access. The restaurant interior along with external areas benefit from a professionally installed and maintained CCTV system. The site is fully fire compliant and is EHO compliant.

Trading figures will be presented post viewing.

The business operates a license under the Licensing Scotland Act 2005 and a copy of this will be made available to interested parties post viewing.


Offers over £550,000 are invited for the heritable property complete with goodwill and trade contents (according to inventory).

The EPC ratings for the property is G
Location Details:
Located just off the A82 along a shared road to the site entrance. The properties are well positioned to offer an excellent base to explore the Highlands and benefit from being just 20 minutes from both the Nevis Range & Glencoe Ski areas. The West Coast of Scotland is famous for its spectacular countryside, rugged mountains, stunning coastline and beautiful beaches. The idyllic scenery and open spaces combine to make the area highly popular with those seeking a relaxing holiday in the Scottish Highlands. The area is renowned for its outdoor activities and there are Munro’s aplenty on the doorstep plus many more leisurely walks close by. The Ardnamurchan peninsula offers some of the most rugged and breathtaking scenery on offer and is accessed from the Corran Ferry minutes from the business. Ben Nevis and Glen Coe are two of the major mountaineering centres in Scotland. Close to Inchree is the 5-Star visitor attraction, The National Ice Climbing Centre which is one of the UK's premier mountain activity centres. Mountain biking is also a favoured pass-time with the Nevis Range and the surrounding area of Lochaber which boast a large number of mountain bike trails, from cross country trails and white-knuckle downhills to relaxing forest trails, suiting every level of experienced riders. There are many places of historical interest one being the Glenfinnan Monument, at the head of Loch Shiel, which was erected in 1815 in tribute to the Jacobite clansmen who supported the cause of Prince Charles Edward Stuart. Another is Glen Coe where the massacre of Glencoe took place in the early hours of 13 February 1692. The coastal location supports sea-fishing, sailing and kayaking, with the area also being a renowned fishing location (sea, loch & river). The wide range of birdlife and animals roaming wild are a great attraction.
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