• A must see multi-faceted Highland accommodation business within a truly stunning riverside setting and offering mountain views under the gaze of Ben Nevis.
• Idyllic trading location in the Highlands of Scotland just 15 minutes drive from Fort William, the Outdoor capital of the UK.
• Beautifully appointed business offering a solid income potential and fantastic lifestyle proposition in a spectacular setting.
• Trading 5 individual and high-quality self-catering units plus a large family home and Bed & Breakfast accommodation.
• Attractive garden grounds extending to 1.5 acres with ample parking and future development potential.DESCRIPTION
Garadh Buidhe (meaning Yellow Garden in Scottish Gaelic) is a Highland holiday complex, in about 1.5 acres of ground offering a range of flexible accommodation styles in one of the most idyllic and unique locations within the Scottish Highlands, with spectacular panoramic views across to Glen Loy and the Caledonian Canal. The property is set right on the banks of the River Lochy, a famous salmon fishing river, in the shadow of Ben Nevis, just 15 minutes drive north of Fort William, the Outdoor capital of the UK. This truly impressive business exudes the quality and comfort that the modern-day holiday maker desires and within a highly sought after trading location, which reflects the quintessential character and charm of the Highlands. Just off the beaten-track, Garadh Buidhe offers the peace and tranquillity that many visitors to the Highlands long for, but remains just a brief drive from some of the most popular tourist spots.
This highly attractive establishment has been intelligently developed by the current owners, who have expanded the trading platform to include an excellent mix of five self-catering units plus bed and breakfast accommodation within a large family home.
The business consists of the main house (Garadh Buidhe Bed and Breakfast) with a 1 bedroom self-contained apartment (Nevis Rest). Annexed to the main house is a 4 bedroom house (Salmon Catch). Adjacent to the main house is a further modern detached 3 bedroom cottage (Otterburn) and there are two further timber clad self-catering lodges (Pine Marten and Osprey)
Within the grounds, there is a garage, large shed / workshop plus standard garden shed and a covered drying area / wood-store. The garden grounds are laid mainly to lawn and flower beds, offering excellent amenity space with picnic tables for guest and family use. The front garden consists of lawns, young trees and the gravel drive way which provides ample parking.
All aspects of the business and property are presented in excellent and walk-in condition, but offer new owners the opportunity to stamp their own personality on the trading aspects. The versatile accommodation combines to make a tremendous business and family home in a spectacular setting. This trading prospect would make an ideal business for an extended family or partnership.TRADE
Garadh Buidhe operates within a highly desirable and picturesque tourist hotspot, in the Highlands on the West Coast of Scotland. The current owners have recently reduced trade to a more casual level to suit their own preferences, after previously operating all aspects of the business to a very high level. Presently, the self-catering units function as medium term lets to the residential market and the bed and breakfast elements are currently trading at reduced capacity in the present situation. The current operation does not maximise income but reduces the vendors workload to provide the work-life balance that they now desire. New owners could easily trade the business more fully to the holiday sector including the provision of evening meals and thus generate significantly more turnover, in turn generating a higher level of profit.
In the Scottish Highlands the tourist business is vibrant, from March to the end of October, generating the majority of income with an influx of visitors undertaking holidays. Garadh Buidhe benefits from being close to Ben Nevis and The Jacobite 'Harry Potter' steam train.
With a constant stream of guests during the busy spring and summer seasons, Garadh Buidhe has benefited from direct online bookings via the Eviivo booking platform and Scottish Cottages websites, which fed into other online agencies including Expedia, and Trip Advisor which in turn maximised business opportunities. Excellent online reviews and the many returning guests reflect high customer satisfaction.
In the winter months, there is still potential to generate income from the skiing, ice climbing and winter holiday makers, or as the current owners do from medium term lets including the local work force. New owners can choose to utilise social media marketing platforms to develop the business to the next level. Accounting information will be released to seriously interested parties at the time of viewing.REASON FOR SALE
The present owners bought Garadh Buidhe in September 2007 and have had a long and enjoyable time developing the property to its impressive current presentation. It is their planned retirement from the hospitality sector that brings this charming business opportunity and stunning family home onto the market.LOCATION
The area around Fort William and north to Spean Bridge is famous for its outdoor activities including walking, cycling, sailing, sea kayaking, fishing, wild swimming and skiing and extreme sports such as Downhill Mountain biking, trial biking and in the winter months ice climbing. The natural landscapes, with a range of terrain, provide walkers with different levels of challenge from rambling to hill-walking to more strenuous mountaineering. There are also two long distance walks, the Great Glen Walk and the West Highland Way. Numerous mountain peaks in the surrounding area are within easy reach, the most famous being Ben Nevis, which is just three miles away from Garadh Buidhe. All of these activities generate a high level of business.
The Nevis Range Mountain Experience at Aonach Mor is just ten minutes drive from Garadh Buidhe and the mountain gondola is open all year around. Major events take place there each year including endurance cycling events, the Six Day Trials and the most famous being the UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup which attracts thousands of visitors to the area.
Tourism is the key driver of trade and includes those holiday makers from all over the world who flock to the area with its magnificent scenery of mountain peaks, lochs, rivers and castles. Many visitors come to the area to relax in a peaceful and tranquil setting or to partake in more sedate excursions taking in the many sites and historical features. The property is well located for the world-famous Jacobite Steam train which operates twice daily from May to October carrying up to 600 passengers per day and travels over the Glenfinnan viaduct featured in the Harry Potter movies.
Garadh Buidhe provides a central location and an ideal stop-over for visitors wishing to explore other parts of the Highlands including the Isles of Mull and Skye, the small isles, the Western Isles, the North Coast 500 route and the Outer Hebrides, Loch Ness, the Cairngorms, Glencoe and Oban and Loch Lomond.
The whole area has an abundance of wild life native to Scotland such as red deer, pine martens, red squirrel, otters, birds of prey, rare butterflies and many species of migrating birds, attracting ornithologists, naturalists and photographers to the Highlands.
Fort William has a number of facilities including shopping centres, restaurants a retail park, and many visitor attractions including a golf course, yacht club, distillery, and a new marina is under construction at Corpach due to open in the Spring 2021.
The local secondary school, Lochaber High School, is fed by a large number of modern, newly built primary schools. West Highland College provides Further and Higher Education in the region. The town has all the social and welfare facilities of a thriving community with a Hospital and modern health centre. A new additional hospital is presently under construction. There is a mainline railway station to Glasgow stopping at both at Spean Bridge and Fort William. The Caledonian sleeper runs daily between London and Fort William bringing many tourists to the area. The nearest airport is at Inverness, the Highlands capital and is located about a 90-minute drive away. International airports are situated in Edinburgh and Glasgow.THE PROPERTY
This modern property was purchased as new in 2007 by the current owners and has since been extended over the past 10 years to cater for the growing tourist market. The 2-storey main building plus annex, and 2-storey self-catering unit are of modern construction under pitched Spanish tiled roofing. The 2 timber-clad self-catering units have vinyl coated profile steel roofing for long life and easy maintenance. All units are double glazed and built to a high standard.
The build quality meets the exacting standards of modern Scottish properties and the quality of finishings is to a high standard with the use of solid oak and bamboo flooring in many areas. The standard of fixtures and fittings reflect the build quality with solid oak furniture, leather suites and other highly attractive pieces. All kitchens are finished in oak and bathrooms are modern and well-appointed.Main House and Bed & Breakfast
The main house is accessed via a door which leads into a vestibule and thereafter into a spacious hallway. Both areas are fully tiled. To the right of the hallway is a door leading into the exceptionally large American style open-plan family living space with high ceilings and natural light tunnels. This very attractive spacious living space benefits from double aspect full length windows and patio doors allowing direct access to the rear grounds with unobstructed panoramic mountain views across the River Lochy to Glen Loy and Beinn Bhann. This commodious room has an area set with soft leather furnishings around a wood-burning stove. A mid-area is set with a large dining table which is used for providing guest breakfasts. A modern fully fitted kitchen with an extensive range of wall and floor mounted units finished in oak and a feature centre island completes this magnificent room. The quality of the fixtures and fittings within the property are excellent. There is a shower / cloak room on the ground floor and a separate large utility area, which is fitted out as a secondary kitchen and can be used for guest use or family use. This area is well-appointed with ample storage spaces. A door leads from the utility room into Nevis Rest (one bedroom self-contained unit) Until recently the main house traded as an extremely successful bed and breakfast and is configured as follows:Ground Floor
Caledonian One - family room with king and single bed, and occasional bed to sleep up to 4 people. With a dressing room and en-suite shower room, this spacious room offers stunning views over the rear garden grounds to the river and beyond with direct access to the garden via a patio door.First Floor
Caledonian Two - family room to sleep up 4 guests with king size bed, single bed and occasional bed, with dressing room, generous fitted storage and en-suite shower room. From an elevated position offering fantastic views of the surrounding rugged landscapes and mountains. A patio door leads to a proposed timber balcony (2100 mm X 4800 mm) with building regulations and planning permission in place.
Woodland Stream - twin room with fitted wardrobes providing 2 single beds that can be made into a super king. This bedroom shares a fully tiled family bathroom / shower room with Heather Bank.
Heather Bank - a double room with fitted wardrobes, sharing the bathroom with Woodland Stream.
The first floor also contains further storage, in the form of a very generous cupboard at the top of the stairsNevis Rest - Self Catering Apartment
Accessed from the main house and also from a private side entrance, this 1-bedroom self-contained unit, with a sofa bed in the lounge, is ideal for a couple / small family. The open-plan lounge, dining and kitchen area is modern and well-presented with electric panel heaters. There is an en-suite shower room off the double bedroom.Salmon Catch - 4 Bedroom Self-catering Annexe
Attached to the main house but with a private entrance, this annexe, built during 2012, offers excellent 4-bedroom holiday accommodation. Two bedrooms are located on the ground floor (Master King with en-suite shower room and a twin) with a family shower room, and 2 further bedrooms (twin and family room) are accessed via a spiral staircase with solid beech tread and handrail. An attractive feature of this property is the galley style kitchen with breakfast bar which leads to an open-plan dining area and lounge with a wood-burning stove. Patio doors offer access to the garden and relaxing views towards the mountains. All fixtures and fittings are of a high standard and the lower level has solid oak flooring. This annexe has oil fired central heating.Otterburn - 3 Bedroom Detached Cottage
This detached modern property built around 2016 is set to 3 bedrooms; 1 on the ground floor and 2 on the first floor. Accessed to the side of the building, guests are greeted with a spacious open-plan kitchen / dining room / lounge. Beautifully presented with quality fixtures and fittings and a well-appointed kitchen. Otterburn offers quality holiday accommodation with a feature wood-burning stove and solid bamboo wood flooring. There is a spacious family shower room. One bedroom is situated off the lounge and the other two are accessed via a spiral staircase. This cottage enjoys an external seating area with views to the mountain stream and adjacent woodland which is accessible via a timber foot bridge. The cottage benefits from oil central heating.Pine Marten and Osprey Lodges
These lodges are similar to each other in configuration with an open-plan kitchen/ dining/ lounge area. Each has a double bedroom with an en-suite shower room. Pine Marten has a wood burning stove and electric wet central heating. Osprey has infra-red ceiling mounted panels with thermostat controls and timers. The compact kitchens are perfectly formed for use by holiday makers. Pine Marten has a decking area which offers unobscured views of the surrounding landscapes.GROUNDS
Garadh Buidhe is a substantial property enjoying a prime site 3.6 miles off the main A82 trunk road about 2 miles north of the town of Fort William. Set within a generally level site with spacious and attractive grounds extending to around 1.5 acres, there is ample parking and excellent amenity space. The rear garden is laid mainly to lawn and flower beds with picnic tables.
A gravel footpath adjacent to Salmon Catch leads down to the River Lochy via a footbridge across the burn. This path also leads to the lower level of the grounds and offers potential for glamping (a number of pods). The front grounds are laid to lawns, trees and a gravel drive way with a central raised area acting as a feature roundabout and disguising the 1500L oil tank. There is lighting within the front garden and around all of the buildings. Within the grounds there is a garage, large shed / workshop plus a standard garden shed. There is also a covered outside drying area / log store.SERVICES
The property benefits from mains electricity and water with private drainage, BT satellite reception for Sky and 'superfast' (30Mbps download) Locheilnet broadband. All the self-catering units have separate electricity meters (Salmon Catch and Otterburn are also fitted with oil meters) to allow for monitoring and charging out where required. The main house has geo-thermal ground sourced underfloor heating. Otterburn and Salmon Catch have oil-fired central heating. Nevis Rest, Pine Marten and Osprey are all electric. Garadh Buidhe, Salmon Catch, Otterburn and Pine Marten all benefit from wood-burning stoves. The main house kitchen has an electric oven and hob, and further LPG gas hob. The business is fully fire compliant.
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