•Popular traditional local pub, with rooms, in the attractive Black Isle town of Cromarty.
•Trading year-round, with strong wet and food sales, enjoying good support from both locals and tourists alike.
•Three budget letting rooms available on a bed and breakfast basis.
•Owners accommodation comprises, spacious lounge plus double and single bedroom, with private access.
•Profitable family run business, presenting a solid “home and income” lifestyle opportunity.DESCRIPTION
The Cromarty Arms is a family run hostelry providing bed and breakfast accommodation and home-made bar meals. The property dates back to the early 1700’s, and is a well frequented Highland establishment which is popular with both locals and visitors alike.
The property enjoys a prominent position within the town, and is ideally positioned to serve the many tourists who visit the area, being located close to the some of the main tourist attractions, such as Hugh Millers Cottage and the Cromarty Courthouse. The business has a great reputation locally, acting as a hub for the local community, with various groups and clubs using the facilities. The owners enjoy a good relationship with their clientele and support a local darts team, and pool team, who compete with other pubs etc within the Black Isle.
The business benefits from an easy-to-operate model, providing bar food, wet sales and the letting rooms which combine to make this a sound proposition for first-time buyers or an extended family. The 3 letting bedrooms, all located on the first floor, are accessed via a private entrance and share a single shower room. Owner’s accommodation is also situated on the first floor.BUSINESS OPERATION
This traditional pub has a cosy ambience and offers a darts board, juke box, pool table, large TV and gaming machine. Food is offered from 12.30 to 8.30 pm and is served in the bar. Opening hours are Monday to Saturday 12 noon to midnight closing on a Sunday at 11pm. The bar can comfortably accommodate 50 patrons with additional covers available to the front of the property in the form of four benches. The letting rooms are not advertised other than on the pubs own website and there is certainly scope to develop this aspect of the business further. Online booking is not available at this time, the website could be updated to provide this.REASON FOR SALE
The current owners purchased the Cromarty Arms in spring 2005 and developed a popular and successful business for both locals and tourists alike. Due to retirement the current owners have decided it is time to present this trading opportunity to the market.LOCATION
The Cromarty Arms sits centrally in this popular picturesque town, with the Cromarty Firth and sandy beaches within short walking distance and views to the hills northwards. The town benefits from its own shop, primary school and various community clubs etc. The broader area boasts a number of splendid beaches, quality golf courses and places of general interest.
The area is renowned for its sea life and the firths and sea around the coast are home to seals, minke whales and the ever-popular dolphins. Cromarty is a popular destination from where to undertake boat excursions to see these wonderful creatures. Water sports and fishing are highly popular past times in the region, as are field sports. A large range of welfare and social amenities are available in the Town of Dingwall as well as in Inverness. Secondary schooling is available in both Dingwall and Fortrose. The Cromarty Arts Trust is very active and organises many events which bring visitors to the town.THE PROPERTY
Built circa 1728, the Cromarty Arms is a 2 storey property with the bar and food trading elements being situated on the ground floor and accommodation units on the first floor. Entry is accessed at street level into the bar which is open plan with a cosy wood burning stove and large bar. Located to the rear is a pool table and ladies and gents facilities. The bar can comfortably accommodate up to 50 customers.
The bar area is well-presented with a range of free-standing furniture. The large commanding servery is fully equipped for all business needs including chill cabinets. Customers can choose from a wide selection of draft and bottled beers, minerals, wines and of course spirits which are conveniently dispensed from a good range of optics.
The business is well-supported by good service areas; the compact kitchen has modern appliances and there is a number of storage areas, including a spacious beer cellar. On the first floor the business benefits from three budget letting bedrooms, comprising; one single bedroom, one double and one family room to sleep 4.PRIVATE / STAFF ACCOMMODATION
The Cromarty Arms benefits from a comfortable and spacious private flat, with private entrance, comprising of a roomy lounge area, double bedroom, single bedroom currently used as an office area and shower room. New owners could utilise other rooms within the building, should they wish to do so.SERVICE AREAS
The business has a well-equipped kitchen plus a cellar/bottle store, spirit store and ample additional storage. EXTERNAL AREAS
The business benefits from having four tables of eight out the front of the subjects which provides a lovely traditional setting for enjoying a pleasant summers evening. To the rear of the property there is a fenced garden area with a large shed containing a freezer.SERVICES
The business benefits from mains electricity, water and drainage. The kitchen utilises LPG gas. The property is fully compliant with Environmental Health and Fire Regulations.