Saucy Mary’s is a most attractive business opportunity within a stunning coastal setting providing access to some of the most dramatic scenery the Highlands has on offer. Situated in the popular village of Kyleakin on the irrepressible tourist destination that is the Isle of Skye, the property has a significant footprint within a lovely and central village setting. The original property dates from 1926 and has open views towards the Loch to its front and hill views to its rear.
The business has undoubted allure and attracts a constant stream of visitors. Its quintessential appeal is the simple nature of its provision plus its easy-to-operate business model all set within a spectacular backdrop. This substantial building provides lodge accommodation for those looking for a budget holiday and in this context is in walk-in condition. The 26 rooms currently being utilised for guest accommodation are all presented to a good standard. The majority of the bed-spaces are bunks with shared facilities but two rooms have en-suite shower rooms. The communal facilities serving the rooms are maintained to a sound level. The rooms have the capacity to sleep up to 86 guests within its current configuration. The business is highly popular bar with guests and locals alike, offering a wide range of beverages and a good level of cuisine. The dining options include the main bar plus 2 other separate dining lounges; all are well-presented and have a good reputation. Saucy Mary’s is well known for its fine ambience, especially on music nights. The business attracts a wide range of clientele as it appeals to large groups, families and the lone traveller. Guests also have a plethora of reasons to holiday on Skye; they may be experienced walkers, climbers or cyclists taking to the challenging terrain surrounding the area or tourists who appreciate the more pastoral and cultural aspects of their holiday. The present operators do not live on the premises but there is undoubted scope to utilise some of the current letting rooms for the personal use of new owners should this be required. The present owners utilise a full team of staff which could allow new proprietors the opportunity to undertake management functions only, providing a quality of life business. Conversely should new operators wishing to take a full hands-on role, there is undoubted scope to drive the business to the next level.
Owned and operated by our clients since 2005 Saucy Mary’s has provided an excellent quality of life proving to be a sound investment. The business is a profitable and sustainable trading proposition both in terms of income and the infrastructure. It is the vendors desire to reduce their workload and therefore reluctantly present the property onto the market.
The original aspects of Saucy Mary’s date from 1926 and are of stone construction under a slate roof, set over three floors. The modern accommodation annex to the side of the main building was constructed in the 1970s and is set over two floors. The property has stunning seaward views to the front and hills to the rear. The accommodation is budget standard but the quality of the accommodation facilities and furnishings are of a good standard; most rooms have wash hand basins inset. The bar and dining facilities are well presented projecting an all-round excellent proposition in an inspirational location which will be sure to generate a great deal of interest.
Saucy Mary’s main entrance to the bar / restaurant is accessed from the car park to Saucy Mary’s. The bar has an open plan nature set over two main levels with a solid fuel fire set to the lower level. The wooden bar servery is highly attractive and this coupled with the attractive wooden floor gives a homely ambience. The bar area is set to free-standing tables and chairs to seat 50 covers plus bar stools. Within the bar are a number of TVs and there is ample space for musicians and other forms of entertainment. Off the main bar are ladies and gents washrooms.
A side door leading to the accommodation block leads to the sunroom which is also set to tables and chairs plus some soft furnishings; presently this area can accommodate 16. To the right of the bar is a further small area with a counter and stools and through this is a secondary dining area set to a mix of bench seating and free standing furniture set to 30 covers. From this area there is a disabled washroom and a side entrance off this dining area is a further door providing disabled access. Within the main building, on the ground floor, is a fully functional commercial kitchen with ancillary preparation and pot-wash areas. The commercial kitchen is spacious and well-equipped with a wide range of equipment. From the kitchen ancillary rooms is a door that leads to a yard which facilitates ease of delivery of goods and services. The business also benefits from an office unit, dry goods store, cellar and throughout there is ample storage.
On the first and second floors there is letting accommodation as follows:
1 - 2 x Bunks, sleeps 4, seaward views
2 - 3 x Bunks, sleeps 6, seaward views
3 - Utilised by Staff, sleeps 2-4
4 - Utilised by Staff, sleeps 2, mountain views
5 – 2 x Bunks, sleeps 4, seaward views
6 – 2 x Bunks, sleeps 4, seaward views
7 – 2 x Bunks, sleeps 4, seaward views
8 – 1 x Bunk & 3 Singles, sleeps 5, seaward views
9 – 1 x Bunk & 1 Single, sleeps 3, seaward views
10 – Double, sleeps 2, seaward views
11 - Utilised by Staff, sleeps 3-4, seaward views
12 - Utilised by Staff, sleeps 2, seaward views
The rooms are serviced by 4 showers and 4 W.C.s. On the first floor is a communal kitchen area. In addition, there is a caravan to the side of the building also for staff use.
To the side of the original subjects is a flat roof annex set over two floors. The annex offers a flexible range of letting rooms and a good range of facilities. There is a large reception office upon entry which has a range of services available. To the rear of the reception desk is a small office area. On the first floor there are 3 communal showers and 3 W.C.s. A smart communal kitchen is situated in room 102 with a good range of facilities. Rooms 107 and 109 have en-suite shower facilities. On the second floor again there are 3 communal showers and 3 W.C.s plus a drying room. The breakdown of rooms is as follows:
101 – 2 x Bunks, sleeps 4, seaward views
103 – 4 x Bunks, sleeps 8, seaward views
105 – 1 x Bunk, sleeps 2, mountain views
107 - Double & Single, sleeps 3, mountain views
109 – 2 x Bunks & 1 Single, sleeps 5, mountain views
201 – Double, sleeps 2, mountain views
202 – 1 x Bunks, sleeps 2, mountain views
203 – 2 x Bunks, sleeps 4, mountain views
204 – 1 x Bunks & 2 Singles, sleeps 4, seaward views
205 – 1 x Bunks & 2 Singles, sleeps 4, seaward
206 – 1 x Bunks & 2 Singles, sleeps 4, seaward views
207 – 2 x Bunks, sleeps 4, seaward views
208 – 2 x Bunks, sleeps 4, seaward views
209 – 1 x Bunks & 2 Singles, sleeps 4, seaward views
Saucy Mary’s is set with ample car parking and has an attractive enclosed garden to its rear. During the summer months Saucy Mary’s has seating to the village square which proves very popular with locals and visitors alike. There is a utility yard for deliveries etc.
The business benefits from mains electricity, water and drainage. LPG gas for cooking. The annex benefits from oil-fired central heating. The main building has electric heaters and a solid fuel fire in the bar.
Saucy Mary’s is a successful business trading profitably from year-round activity. Full accounting information will be made available to seriously interested parties subsequent to 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 £525,000 are invited for the heritable property complete with goodwill and trade contents (according to inventory), excluding personal items. Stock at valuation.
The current owners do not live within the business but there is ample space for new owners to utilise rooms within either of the buildings should they wish to do so.
The village of Kyleakin is the first major settlement to be found upon crossing the Skye Bridge on the Isle of Skye with a population of about 200. The village of Kyleakin is also the site of the ruin of Castle Moil, dating from the late 15th century. Legend states an older fortification on the site was originally built for a Norwegian princess known as 'Saucy Mary' who would charge a toll to any boat using the narrow channel by hanging a chain from the castle to the mainland to prevent unpaid crossings. Her fame is where the business derives its name from.
The village is along the strait of Kyle Akin opposite the mainland town of Kyle of Lochalsh which has a good range of services and a rail link. Kyleakin has a quintessential appeal for tourists and is an established holiday destination. The local waters in the area are used by fishing boats, pleasure craft and a range of water sports enthusiasts. The broader area boasts a wide range of activities that can be undertaken such as golf, guided mountaineering, cycling, nature walks and fly fishing to name but a few. Skye’s rugged Cuillin Mountains are known to walkers and climbers the world over and visitors are drawn to the spectacular Trotternish Ridge to the north. In addition there are many hill lochs offering the angler an opportunity to catch spectacular native wild brown trout. The Island is highly popular with naturalists and ornithologists who find birds of prey, waders and a host of seabirds in the locale.
Is this business home based: Yes
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