•Established and reputable stonework business within the popular coastal village of Golspie.
•Excellent trading location on the A9 with eye catching feature windows.
•Trading across a spectrum of stonework disciplines, the business has solid year-round trade generating a strong net profit.
•Extensive retail areas coupled with superb workshop facilities and spacious external grounds offering business expansion potential.
•Extending to a total ground floor internal area of 350m2 plus an attic floor covering 101m2.DESCRIPTION
Sutherland Stonework operates from an attractive and impressive property with a prominent roadside location, to the north end of this popular coastal village. Golspie is on the North Coast 500 route, and the business meets the eye-line of anyone travelling north on the A9. The building’s origins date back to the early 1800s when it was initially a coach house for the Inn next door. The property has been recently extended and modernised.
The sale includes a diverse range of areas including a front shop with an office to the rear, a side retail unit, which is not extensively used at present, and a wide range of preparation and stone cutting rooms set to the rear and side of the subjects. The ground floor extends to around 350m2. In addition, there is an attic floor with a large open plan storage area comprising a number of storage rooms, a staff kitchen area and W.C. The business comes with all equipment, fixtures and fittings as seen. Externally the grounds allow for the storage of bulk stone items and larger stock items.BUSINESS OPERATION
Sutherland Stonework has been trading since 2000 as a partnership with one full time employee and a sub contracted Banker Mason. It is a solid and sustainable business benefiting from a strong reputation across Scotland, operating across a number of stonework specialisations. The business is renowned for the range and quality of products across a spectrum of stone including Caithness Flagstone, Sandstones and foreign marbles and granites. The workshops are modern and well equipped allowing the production of a wide range of items. They also are involved in an on-going sandstone restoration of a local castle.
The business has an element of supply only trade to clients across the UK. Benefitting from a wide range of private clients, the business also undertakes a number of contract works for prestigious clients. Sutherland Stonework operates with a small team of skilled staff. It generates a sound level of income and produces a good adjusted net profit. There is scope for new proprietors to develop the business further should they wish. The business has a professional website (www.sutherlandstonework.co.uk) which gives an indication of the work undertaken.REASON FOR SALE
The current owners are looking to retire and therefore have reluctantly placed Sutherland Stonework on the market.LOCATION
Golspie is a popular Sutherland village located on the busy A9 trunk road which links Inverness with Thurso and the Orkney Ferry. The region is steeped in history and heritage and enjoys welcoming many visitors to the area; many of whom are retracing their ancestry as a consequence of the Highland clearances. The village has award- winning beaches and is located on the shores of the Moray Firth beneath the shadow of Ben Bhraggie Mountain topped with the 100- foot-tall statue of the first Duke of Sutherland which dominates the sky-line.
Golspie has a population of around 1700 but has a much greater catchment area for schooling and services etc. The village has a wide range of shops, cafes, restaurants and amenities, with schooling and medical facilities. Golspie is a popular residential village with a vibrant community. The area is also popular with those visiting nearby Dunrobin Castle, plus golfers, fishermen, walkers, mountain bikers, ornithologists and many, many more.THE PROPERTY
The original subjects are of stone construction under slate roofing and dates from the early 1800s. Accommodation is arranged over a ground floor and attic level. Entry is into a reception and retail area, leading to a showroom with an office to the rear. There is also a unit to the side which is not extensively used at present, but could certainly showcase items for sale or examples of work etc.
There are a wide range of preparation and stone cutting rooms set to the rear and side of the subjects. The ground floor extends to around 350m2. In addition, there is an attic floor with a large open plan area and a number of storage rooms, a staff kitchen area and W.C. There are extensive grounds to the rear offering storage and parking. The property is clearly signed from the main road.OWNERS ACCOMMODATION
There is no owner’s accommodation with this property.GROUNDS
Grounds include off-road parking and access for large vehicles. The open grounds to the rear of the subjects are used for storage.SERVICES
Mains electricity, water and drainage.