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Outstanding Self-Catering Property, B&B or Family Home in a Stunning Location

Sutherland, Highland, Scotland

  • Freehold Price: £350,000
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Seller Reference: Glencorse House
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Seller Reference: Glencorse House
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  • Outstanding detached house, located in a stunning elevated position with superlative mountain and loch views plus coastal views behind the property.

  • Situated on the North Coast 500 tourist route, within the small Coastal village of Drumbeg.

  • Exceptional hillwalking directly from the property and kayaking or sailing immediately to hand (3 minutes' walk to Drumbeg beach or to Loch Drumbeg jetty).

  • Trading as a well-established and highly rated self-catering unit with 4 bedrooms and generous amenity space.

  • Attractive garden grounds and off-road parking plus an upper walled garden, currently a BBQ terrace area, offering some development potential (STPP).

  • Having been tastefully refurbished, Glencorse would equally make a uniquely beautiful family home; subject to consents.

Glencorse is a charming and beautifully presented 4-bedroom detached self-catering unit and bed and breakfast business. The subjects are located in an elevated setting with truly stunning views over Loch Drumbeg. This substantial property is situated centrally to the hamlet of Drumbeg with services immediately to hand. An imposing and attractive stone-built house dating from around 1820. This attractively decorated property reflects a high level of modern comfort. The house boasts a characterful ambience and offers excellent facilities throughout balancing the retained historic features with modern comfort. The owner has made considerable investment this year in replacing the entire linen used within the business.

Glencorse is a traditionally built, former school house with unusually high ceilings and appealing period features. It has a well maintained garden popular with a resident deer (known locally as Albert) who is a great attraction with guests. The house is located within the village envelope and the upper grounds offer some development potential STPP (outline consents exist). The current holiday let business is well established having traded for 10 years, equally the house could be used as either a B&B or as an attractive and spacious family home. As currently configured, Glencorse would also well suit mixed residential and letting use. There is also potential to add pods or similar ancillary accommodation STPP.

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. Drumbeg is a well-known tourist destination in its own right with unspoilt views of the surrounding mountains and Loch Drumbeg. Its rugged backdrop appeals to a wide range of tourists and outdoor enthusiasts. The tranquil setting of this popular destination means that in the summer months there is a regular stream of visitors. Tourism is a key driver of income to the area, with many visitors undertaking the North Coast 500 tourist route as well as walking / climbing holidays, water sports, fishing, games sports etc. Others partake in more leisurely excursions of the many sites of historical interest or just taking in the array of natural landscapes. Visitors include ornithologists and naturalists who find an abundance of wildlife to keep them busy for an extended stay.

The North West Coast of Scotland attracts a great number of visitors with its enchanting scenery and abundance of wildlife. Many take advantage of the challenging hill and loch walks in the region including the iconic Suilven, the world famous Stac Pollaidh and Ben More (Assynt), one of the most northerly of the Munros. Canisp, Conival and Quinag are just some of the other celebrities of the hillwalking world which are close by. The more sedate sightseer may visit the many places of historic and cultural interest. The region is popular with those who wish to undertake touring holidays.

The house is 5 minutes from the nearest shingle beach and 20 minutes from the unspoiled sandy beaches of Clashnessie. The house is in a friendly community village location with local shop and hotel; all set amongst some of Assynt's most spectacular scenery. Lochinver (17 miles) offers a range of amenities to include shops, schooling, medical services, leisure centre and restaurants etc. Ullapool (38 miles) provides a broader range of shops, a supermarket, restaurants, pubs and hotels plus is the home of the main ferry port to Stornoway. Inverness is 96 miles to the South and has all the amenities and services associated with a small city, including a mainline railway station and an airport.

The business operates on a year-round basis with high occupancy levels in the main tourist season (April - Oct). The North Coast 500 tourist route has generated the need for short term lets which supplements the demand for weekly lets. Indeed, the business could operate on a B&B basis for new owners making it just as profitable. The holiday lets secure an income of £1050-£1400 per week. Glencorse House is fully compliant in respect to Covid-19 with ozone machines and a vigorous regime in place. There is an existing housekeeper who has completed the requisite hygiene certifications. The turnover for 2020 has been resilient and in line with prior strong years, despite Covid-19, as the season has been extended by people taking holidays later. October 2020 is as busy as July with Glencorse fully booked right through to early Winter.

The house has 4-bedrooms with 1 bedroom benefiting from en-suite facilities. There is scope to provide a further bathroom on the first floor should new owners wish to trade more on a B&B basis. When operating as a B&B the en-suite room is let out at £90 - £150 per night, depending on the season.

Advertising is undertaken via the businesses websites through which the current holiday let business is marketed ( and In addition, the business generates interest through its Facebook Page plus other sites.

The subjects date from around 1820 but have been intelligently upgraded recently presenting a fine example of a period property, offering high quality living spaces. The house is of traditional stone construction set over 2 floors. Entry to the subjects is via a gated driveway with parking to the side and front. The main entrance to the house is through a semi-glazed hardwood door into the entrance hallway. Off the hallway is a shower room and an inner door leading to the kitchen. The shower room has a two-piece suite in white and a high-quality corner shower cubicle which has water jets. The property has a spacious dining/kitchen with vaulted ceiling which extends to around 30m2. The beautifully appointed kitchen has an electric 2 plate AGA cooker, with 2 conventional ovens plus calor gas AGA Companion with fan oven and 4- ring gas hob. The kitchen also has a number of fitted appliances including a Siemens dishwasher and is fitted with ample work surfaces and storage units; these units are distress painted and there is a Belfast sink. An attractive feature of the kitchen is the beautiful exposed stone walls. The hallway and kitchen floors have feature travertine flagstones; elsewhere throughout the property are wood floors. The dining/kitchen has a large dining table to seat up to 10 persons. The accommodation is flexibly configured to allow either whole house use, as a single 4 bedroom property, or to allow one part with 3 bedrooms, kitchen, sitting, dining rooms, plus a 1 bed self-contained "annexe" with en-suite bathroom and own sitting room suitable for B&B.

An attractive stone archway leads to the snug sitting room benefiting from a charming open fire place with cast iron surround, dark oak mantel plus stone hearth. The lounge has feature fitted wooden book shelves. Via an inner hallway, is a self-contained suite of rooms which can be used as a separate B&B "annexe" with its own entrance, but ordinarily, form part of the self-catering offering. Within this annex area is a lounge/sun room, family bathroom and downstairs bedroom. The sunroom has double aspect windows including triple windows to the front offering outstanding vistas toward Loch Drumbeg. This room also affords direct access to the garden areas via French doors.

The sun room's rear wall is of attractive, traditional dry-stone, and there is a large screen wall mounted TV to the end wall. The room has oak flooring. Another doorway leads to the bathroom and bedroom, enabling the bathroom to be used either as a family bathroom or as an en-suite. The bathroom has a 3-piece suite in white including a telephone style shower attachment over. The ground floor bedroom is set to a double with a window to the front with lovely Loch views.

From the main hall, a wooden staircase leads to the first-floor landing which has a storage cupboard and book shelving plus a WC with washbasin. Each of the 3 bedrooms are accessed from the landing; bedrooms 1 and 2 are large doubles (which can accommodate a further single) with bedroom 3 being configured to a twin. Each bedroom has a loch view.

The grounds are fully enclosed by a combination of sturdy gated entrance, fencing plus a combination of dyke and stock fencing. A wooden stile to the rear of the garden offers direct access to the hill above from which stunning views of the coast line and ocean may be enjoyed. The grounds are well-maintained and set to a mix of ornamental plants and bushes. There is an area of terracing laid to lawn with decking and BBQ area. To the front aspects is a graveled car parking area. There is a timber shed in the garden.

The property has mains electric and was rewired in 2012. Both water and drainage are to main services. There is an oil-fired boiler providing hot water and central heating. The house is mainly double glazed. LPG gas is used for cooking with the AGA companion.

The grounds offer some development potential and the vendor believes there is scope to utilise the large flat garden plot (approx 60m2) which is currently a BBQ area, for a cabin or, subject to consents, other additional accommodation. Additionally there may be scope to extend the WC on the first floor to add a bath to that room, by reducing the adjoining twin bedroom to a smaller double.
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