Most attractive property enjoying an elevated position with views to Inverness Castle and across the City in the much sought after Crown area. This is truly a must view property for anyone wishing to own a prestigious property with superlative views, presenting an outstanding business venture. The owners take great pride in presenting their charming property to guests, ensuring they receive a particularly warm and friendly welcome. The vendors have significantly upgraded and improved the property to a creditable standard providing a truly walk-in business opportunity. The level of amenity space both internally and in the available external aspects has been maximised. The 5 en-suite letting bedrooms are presented to an exceptional standard.
The present owners bought the Guest House in 2015 and have enjoyed a rewarding and successful lifestyle to date. They have developed their business in both trade and infrastructure. Their attention to detail in each and every aspect of the business operation has reaped rewards. Due to the need to relocate due to family reasons this superb business and excellent home and income opportunity is prematurely presented to the market.
Trading from a most prominent location, the business operates as a quality guest house providing an enviable level of service and facilities as noted on a number of the review sites. Now established as a popular business, there is a constant stream of regular trade with many repeat visitors who have used the services of this excellent business over many years. The present operators have worked tirelessly and closely with other local hospitality specialists and the general business community, building a strong reputation. The business has five excellent letting bedrooms which drive trade from the many holiday makers who visit Inverness and the surrounding areas. Tourism, a key driver of trade, includes the many guests who play golf, fish, undertake walking and climbing holidays or partake in a more sedate excursion of the Highlands taking in the many sites and historical features. A significant source of income is the Great Glen Way, and the guest house is a preferred accommodation provider for many tour operators. The business also attracts trade from the usa and France through the use of two leading holiday guides. Currently the owners do not utilise commission based portal websites and this is an area where new owners may wish to increase sales further. The business operates below the VAT threshold and provides a good level of profitability. However, there remains some scope for new owners to develop trade further should they so desire by trading year-round and utilising greater web-based sites. The business has been awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2016. The location and stature of the building is such that it is easy to locate for those who have booked via the internet and for the casual passer-by seeking accommodation. The business is well-signposted and is supported by a well-structured, interactive website which has recently been upgraded. Forward bookings for 2017 summer season are looking very positive.
The centre of Inverness is but a few minutes walk from the Guest House and ideally situated for those either visiting nearby shops, restaurants etc. Or working in the City. Inverness has extensive facilities for visitors boasting two golf courses, an excellent indoor swimming complex, cinema, bowling and ample opportunity to enjoy evening entertainment at a range of venues which include Eden Court Theatre. Nearby Cawdor Castle offers a taste of Scotlands medieval past while Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre is an ongoing testament to Bonnie Prince Charlies final futile attempt to gain the throne in 1746. Whether it is a whisky trail, a boat trip on Loch Ness or a visit to one of the many accessible Scottish castles, the property is ideally situated to allow guests to undertake their odyssey of the Highlands, being within easy reach of a wide range of visitor attractions. Inverness is a vibrant and growing City and with such expansion comes many opportunities in both commerce and social activities. Such growth benefits established hospitality businesses and ensure a year-round trade.
Of traditional construction, built in the early 1900s, the property is a substantial detached villa, stone built under a pitched slate roof with more modern extensions to the side and rear. Deceptively spacious, accommodation is laid out across three floors, benefitting from double glazing throughout. The Guest House has been extensively modernised by the present owners.
Entry to the property is via a substantial solid outer door which leads into a vestibule and thereafter through an inner door is a spacious reception hallway. This entrance is on the mid-floor which is at street level; the ground floor. The hallway exudes the character and charm so well reflected throughout the property but of note is the high ceiling and attractive archways of Victorian proportions. To the left of the hallway is the bright and commodious guest dining room which is set to 5 tables with two buckets seats. This room has many of the period features reflected throughout the property such as high skirting boards, cornicing, picture rails and ceiling roses and benefits from a bay window providing an unobstructed view of Inverness Castle, the River Ness and beyond. This view though attractive during the daytime is spectacular during the hours of darkness when the Castle is floodlit. The breakfast room has a gas fire on a marble hearth with complementary wood-surround and this coupled with good quality decor makes this both a cosy and delightful room. Off the main hallway is an office area with a separate W.C. A letting bedroom is accessed off the main hallway, with the further 4 being up the stairs to the first floor.
In total the guesthouse has 5 superior en-suite bedrooms which currently sleep 11 (1 family, 3 doubles and 1 twin (The family room and twin have zip and link beds). The bedroom located off the main hallway is ideal for less able guests. All bedrooms benefit from modern en-suite facilities. Each room is equipped with tea & coffee making facilities, free view television, hairdryers etc. All rooms are presented to an exceptionally high standard with three of the letting rooms benefiting from the tremendous views of the Castle and city. The bedrooms are as follows:
Bedroom 1 - First floor - Double with shower room and castle view
Bedroom 2 - First floor - Double with shower room
Bedroom 3 - First floor - Twin with Zip and link beds with shower room
Bedroom 4 - First floor - Double with shower room and castle view
Bedroom 5 - Ground floor - Family (2 zip and link beds and a separate single room off with en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubical; this room also has a castle view
The owners retain a suite of rooms on the lower ground floor to include a bedroom, with a large en-suite with high quality fixtures and fittings plus a smart sitting room, leading to a conservatory. The conservatory has French doors opening on to the terraced area to the side of the property. The dining/kitchen comes with a range of modern fitted units with a centre island including a 5 ring gas burner and integrated appliances. The kitchen provides ample space for both business and personal use. The utility room is located just off the kitchen which affords additional storage space. Also accessible from the kitchen is the family room with French doors leading to a substantial charming timber decked area to the rear aspects of the property providing dramatic views over to the Castle and City beyond. From this elevated position there are also views towards Ben Wyvis and hills to the North.
With excellent signage, this substantial property benefits from a central location in the City of Inverness. The main frontage of the building has a prominent roadside location and offers easy access with a paved area to the front plus a privet hedge offering excellent privacy. There is also a small garden area set to the side and rear of the subjects mainly set to shrubs being designed for ease of maintenance. The large area of decking is a most attractive feature and the current operators allow guests to utilise this space. There is a large shed providing a good level of storage for bikes etc. There are 3 parking spaces within the subjects plus additional on-street permit parking where applied for.
The property benefits from mains electricity, gas, water and drainage. Central heating and hot water is gas fired. The Guest House complies with environmental health requirements and has a fire alarm system. The property has Wifi throughout.
Trade is presently operated below the VAT threshold. Full accounting information will be made available to interested parties subsequent to viewing.
This property has an Energy Performance Rating of E.