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Exceptional 50-Bedroom Hotel with Popular Visitor Centre in Drumnadrochit

Inverness, Highland, Scotland

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Seller Reference: LochNessandNessieland
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• An outstanding business opportunity situated in the popular Loch Ness area, enjoying a picturesque elevated positon, and superb trading location on the main A82.

• Substantial hotel with 50 comfortable en-suite letting bedrooms, large function room / dining room, characterful Piobrach bar and restaurant plus a large commercial kitchen.

• Spacious grounds to the rear and front plus parking area for in excess of 80 cars.

• Includes 8 staff / owners bedrooms within the hotel.

• Substantial and popular Highland visitor attraction set within a modern building with trading areas extending to around 8000ft2 / 740m2 benefiting from stunning views.

• Multi-faceted trading entity with cinema, visitor displays, gift shop, café and external attractions within attractive grounds extending to circa 1 acre.

• A sound performing business proposition operating seasonally with a strong potential for further growth.

The Loch Ness Lodge Hotel is a privately owned 3-Star rated hotel situated in the picturesque village of Drumnadrochit, a long side one of the most famous stretches of water in the world 'Loch Ness' and is set within 10 acres of established woodland. This delightful Highland property dates back to 1740 and was first extended in the 1960s to form a coaching hotel and has been run as a hotel ever since. The hotel is open during the summer and autumn months and its charming elevated location boasts beautiful views of both the village and the surrounding area. Owned and operated by the current owners for 34 years the site has expanded to reflect the successful business it is today.

Deceptively spacious, the hotel is a substantial property with a large footprint. All rooms within the hotel are of a good size and all are en-suite, offering baths with shower over in each room. 10 rooms are situated on the ground floor, 34 on the first floor and 6 on the second floor. The Piobrach Bar and Grill is an area full of character and some Jacobite influences. Set to a selection of comfortable sofas and dining tables and chairs, this bar and restaurant offers a la carte dining for up to 30 covers. The main dining room seats 100 guests ideal for larger groups, functions and coach parties. Presently, no lunch service is offered in the hotel. The presentation of the business and décor throughout is of a good standard.

Nessieland is a modern and highly popular visitor attraction centrally located within the village of Drumnadrochit. This attractive business benefits from a multi-stream income generated by gift shop sales, café sales and payments to view the various attractions and activity park. The business is a popular tourist destination being perfect for families with many activities to keep everyone engaged. Though Nessieland is not a museum, it offers a fun and informative presentation allowing visitors to discover the facts behind the mystery and legend of Loch Ness. There are models of the Loch Ness Monster, the informative Nessie cave and an adventure playground. The vendors have continually updated the exhibits with the recent addition of the Outlander exhibit depicting the popular TV series. The internal aspects of the property extend to circa 8000ft2 / 740m2.

The current owners built Nessieland in 1985 and since then have developed the site to its current level. They now have a desire to retire and believe both the hotel and visitor centre business could be developed further and taken to the next level of trading by a motivated team.

The business generates a sound turnover being drawn from the three main income streams of food, accommodation and beverage sales. Trading profitably from 50 quality en-suite letting bedrooms business comes from coaching contracts which are already in place for 2018 with enquiries for 2019 well underway. Other bookings are generated by the hotels own website as well as various sites such as, hotelier automatic booking system etc. The hotel is perfectly placed on The Great Glen Way and this generates business from walkers, cyclists etc. Breakfasts and dinners are provided but no lunch service is offered at present. The Piobrach Bar and Restaurant caters for both residents and non-residents, and both the food and bar trade adds significantly to the turnover of the hotel. Coaches frequent the area and The Loch Ness Lodge Hotel is well established as a provider to various touring companies. Coach guests stay on a dinner bed and breakfast basis. There is undoubtedly scope to increase the turnover of the business by opening year-round and providing a broader food service.

Nessieland also trades from 3 major revenue streams; visitor attractions, retail sales and café income. The business generates a high level of footfall. The café is situated on a lower level and can seat up to 40 customers; the internal seating area is complemented by 20 external terrace seats. Whether sitting inside or outside there are great views of Drumnadrochit and the beautiful Glen Urquhart. The retail area is situated adjacent to the main public entrance offering an extensive range of silver jewellery, Scottish clan gifts, tartan scarves and gifts, Harris Tweed accessories, kilts & accessories, T-shirts & hoodies, Nessie’s, toys, books, whisky, and a wide array of gift items. An entrance fee is paid to the Nessieland caves which offers a range of free standing displays and an informative 15-minute presentation can be viewed within the spacious cinema. In addition there is Nessieland Adventure Playground which has climbing frames, chutes and swings and over a rustic bridge leads to Nessie's summerhouse plus woodland paths.

Located at the head of Urquhart Bay on the northern shores of Loch Ness, the lovely village of Drumnadrochit is popular with Loch Ness monster hunters hoping for a glimpse of “Nessie” and is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK. Both explore the history of the Loch and the legend showing a documentary about the sightings of the monster throughout the ages. Drumnadrochit is also a great location for exploring the Highlands. The village is surrounded by the glens, Glen Urquhart and Glen Moriston, as well as the Great Glen which reaches across from Inverness in the east to Fort William in the west. The area is rich in things to see and do with activities ranging from exploring Urquhart Castle, a classic romantic ruin jutting out into the loch, horse riding, cycling, cruising the length of Loch Ness and fishing trips.

The broader area boasts a number of places of general interest and is renowned for its stunning beauty. Water sports and fishing are highly popular past times in the region, as are field sports. The business is excellently located to use as a base to visit the many places of historic and social interest within the region. This includes Culloden Battlefield, Eilean Donan Castle to the West plus the beautiful countryside stretching from the West Coast, Cairngorm Mountains to Speyside.

With its stunning views and untouched landscapes, this impressive stretch of water is 23 miles long and over 700 ft at its deepest, making it Scotland’s largest loch in terms of volume. Loch Ness is ideal for walking and hiking and is also the site for the annual Baxters Loch Ness Marathon. The city of Inverness is only 14 miles away and offers many attractions ranging from the Bronze Age Clava Cairns to Culloden Battlefield, site of the final, fateful clash of the Jacobite Risings. Inverness itself is a vibrant and growing City and with such expansion comes many opportunities in both commerce and social activities. Such growth benefits established hospitality businesses and ensures a year-round trade.

From the car park entrance to the property is via double wood paneled doors which open into a reception hallway with attractive tartan carpeting throughout. The reception desk is to the right and to the left is a large and comfortable resident’s lounge with traditional fireplace and soft seating. Entry is gained from the lounge through to the bar and restaurant. The Piobrach bar has a historical feel with beamed ceilings, exposed stonework, rustic iron work chandeliers large open fire and a wooden mezzanine balcony. Dual access to the toilet facilities is granted from both this area and also from the reception. Entry to the dining room is from behind the reception desk. This room enjoys views to the garden from floor to ceiling windows and direct access to the kitchen. A short flight of stairs leads to the hallway and access to the rooms which are located in three main areas. The hotel boasts 15 en-suite double bedrooms, 2 triple en-suite bedrooms, 29 en-suite twin bedrooms and 4 en-suite family rooms. Included within these rooms are the Glenurquhart Suite and a honeymoon suite. All rooms offer hospitality trays, hairdryers and flat screen televisions.

Nessieland is a single storey building set in an elevate position overlooking the village of Drumnadrochit. The internal aspects extend to around 8000ft2 / 740m2. The site is accessed from the main footpath by steps or via a ramped access. Car drivers can use the free parking to the side and rear of the Loch Ness Lodge Hotel; there is parking for up to 80 vehicles in 3 distinct areas used jointly by the hotel. On approach to Nessieland there is a large model of Nessie which is popular for visitors to have their picture taken with. An open terrace which is set to 20 bistro style tables and chairs is situated to the front of the building. Entry is via a double door leading customers into the main retail area which is fitted with wall racking, free-standing glass displays and an array of other merchandising stands. Immediately to the right is the service counter, which is ideally situated to offer an excellent level of customer service whilst being able to survey the shop. Opposite the main entrance are a set of double doors which provide entry into the Nessieland Caves where there are an excellent range of displays and models depicting the history of the legend. The displays are all well-presented and through the rear of this area is a presentation room which is set to seat 70 customers. Further along from the main retail unit is the charming café which serves a range of beverages and snacks. The café can comfortably seat 40 customers and is a welcome stop point for many visitors. The servery counter is situated to the rear of the café area with a pleasant range of snacks etc. Off the main retail area there are both ladies and gents restrooms which are presented to a high standard.

There are eight bedrooms within the hotel set aside for staff use and with private facilities; two rooms to sleep 2, four rooms to sleep 1 and two rooms to sleep 4. There is a private detached house set within the grounds which may be available by separate negotiation.

The subjects are located within the village of Drumnadrochit just off the main road (A82) with excellent signage. Nessieland sits within an area of .4 of an acre with the Activity Park (outdoor play area and a walkway) extending to .6 of an acre. There is car parking to the rear and side of the site; this is not included in the sale but rights to parking are reserved.

There is a large double office located behind the reception desk area which is well equipped.
The hotel has a large kitchen with full commercial catering capability and a fully vented extraction system. There is a wash-up area with commercial dish-wash system, still room and well laid out prep areas. The beer cellar and spirit store are conveniently located. The business has more than adequate storage facilities. Wi-Fi is available in public areas.

Mains electricity, water supply and drainage. Oil fired central heating from three boilers, in main hotel and in corridors, letting rooms have electric heating. LPG gas for cooking.

To the rear of the café there are a number of service areas including offices and staff rooms.

The subjects benefit from mains electricity, water supply and drainage. There is air-sourced central heating. The building is double glazed and is fully fire compliant, benefiting from a security and CCTV system. Nessieland has Wi-Fi throughout.
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