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13 bedroom guest house for sale

South Africa - East London, Eastern Cape

Guide Price £850,000

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Key features:

  • Set on 23.6 Hectares
  • Currently operated as a Lodge and Spa
  • Set in the heart of Horseshoe Valley
  • On the banks of the Nahoon River
  • 10 minutes from East London and easy access to the N2

Full description:

This property is nestled in 23.6 Hectares in the heart of Horseshoe Valley, on the banks of the Nahoon River, surrounded by lush vegetation, beautiful hills and an abundance of bird and wildlife and only 10 minutes from the centre of East London with easy access to the N2. The property is ripe for development in the areas of skills development, education, tourism and agriculture.

The property is currently run as a Lodge and Spa with luxury suites which open onto lush tranquil gardens ensuring guests awake to the sound of birdsong. The suites are designed for comfort, making use of space, natural light and uncluttered decor in earthy tones.

The accommodation comprises 7 one-bedroom flats, 2 bachelor flats and 4 en-suite double rooms with each luxury suite completed with a queen size bed, electronic safe, alarm clock, separate living area with TV, home entertainment system and mini-bar, ceiling fan, complimentary tea/coffee station, private bathroom.

The thatched poolside lapa features a bar, pool table, darts, Nintendo WII and big screen, and serves light lunches. Just off the bar is the winter lounge, with its large fire place and comfortable couches, perfect for enjoying a good read or a family board game.

The following activities are catered for at the lodge including the use of the jacuzzi , Sauna, Swimming Pool, Badminton Court, mini-cinema room, nature walks, bird watching, River and dam fishing, mountain biking and therapeutic massages at the Spa.

The lodge is Located near to Hemingways Casino; the new Hemingways Shopping Mall, pristine golf courses, East Coast Resorts with beautiful beaches and the Jikeleza Route.

The land across the N2 has recently been zoned for the development of University grounds and there are plans to link the airport to the N2 at the Amalinda exit. These developments further contribute to the potential of this property.

It is intended that the sale is transacted as a property sale with all fixtures and fittings included in the sale.

Property Overview:
Size: 23.6ha
Erf Number: 649/7
Access: 3km from R102 / Voortrekker Road or 4km from N2 Amalinda Exit, via gravel access road. Water: Self-sufficient. The Nahoon River borders the property. There are also two dams and eight water storage tanks.
Electricity: Eskom
Square Metres of Buildings: Approximately 2,000 sqm
% Undeveloped Land: Estimated 98%
% Arable Land: Estimated 22%

The main building:
1. Furnished Accommodation:
Comprises 7 one-bedroom flats, 2 bachelor flats and 4 en-suite double rooms with large sliding doors leading onto a lush garden courtyard. The en-suite double rooms are large enough to convert into bachelor flats with kitchenette if desired.
Assets: Each room is equipped with either a double, queen or twin beds, headboard, nightstands, bedside lamps, a desk and chair, built in cupboards, a small fridge/freezer, fan, TV, DSTV decoder, DVD player, small electronic safe and curtains. All units are en-suite, with a toilet, shower, basin, mirror, geyser, bathroom bin and toilet brush. In addition the one-bedroom flats are also equipped with a sofa and a sleeper couch, a wall unit, a coffee table and a fitted kitchen.
Potential Revenue Streams: With little or no investment these units can be let out on a Bed & Breakfast or Self-Catering basis. Current market prices start at R500 per room, per night, based on two adults sharing.

2. Massage and Beauty Treatment Room, Sauna & Jacuzzi:
A large beauty treatment room with sliding doors leading onto the gardens, creating a tranquil environment for clients. Potential to expand further by making use of the adjacent large storage room. Leading off the sauna is a public toilet, a changing room and a large bathroom with shower, basin, mirror and corner bath.
Assets: Two massage tables, facial steamer, foot spa, single seat couch for pedicures, manicure table and tools, treatment towels, 6 white bathrobes
Potential Revenue Streams:
•With no investment this treatment room can be hired out to a beauty therapist, offering massages, other beauty treatments and, in conjunction with the sauna and Jacuzzi, spa days.
•A beauty therapist can be taken on as staff to offer the above. Current market rates for a one hour massage are between R220 and R500 and spa days from R400 upwards.
•In conjunction with a skills development program, the treatment room could be used to offer massages at a discounted rate to the general public, giving students the much needed experiential training they require as well as practical experience in managing clients and business. All-in-all this will boost their confidence in starting their own beauty salon.

3. Thatched Poolside Lapa - Restaurant, Bar and Winter Lounge:
The thatched entertainment lapa surrounds the pool and patio garden. The entertainment area features a long bar, with a wooden dancefloor, big screen, pool table , table tennis and darts, braai area and a small kitchen. It seats up to 50 people, with further space on the patio. Leading off the entertainment area through a set of large sliding doors is the spacious winter lounge, with cosy fireplace.
Assets: Restaurant tables and upholstered chairs, bar stools, gas braai, PA system, DSTV decoder, projector, TV, coin-operated pool table, dart board, CCTV station and cameras, a long bar fridge, a tall fridge/freezer, cutlery, crockery, glassware, bar equipment , microwave, swimming pool with accessories for maintenance, two sun loungers, three 6-seater buccaneer benches, three garden umbrellas with stands
Potential Revenue Streams:
•The lapa can be hired out as a venue for functions (birthday parties, hen parties, product launches, customer loyalty parties, end-of year functions, networking events, business lunches), conferences and small weddings. Market rate for a day conference ranges R180-R240 per person, depending on catering and additional requirements such as AV hire.
•The winter lounge can be hired out as an executive board room for meetings of small groups.
•The restaurant and bar (licensed) can be opened to the general public for Sunday lunches, pub lunches with sporting events shown on the big screen, singles social nights, etc. Parents can comfortably watch their children swimming and playing while enjoying a meal.
•The swimming pool can generate revenue through offering swimming lessons and aqua aerobics for convalescing patients in small private groups or one-to-ones. Alternatively the pool can be sublet to someone already working in this field.

4. Function Hall, Patio Bar and Main Kitchen:
The function hall is a beautifully decorated African-inspired multi-functional space, which can seat up to 120 people. Dimmer switches can make the room bright and light or cosy and romantic. Leading off the function hall through a set of large sliding doors is the courtyard patio bar, with male and female bathrooms. A large kitchen, pantry and storage area beside the function hall handles catering for large groups easily. Ladies and Gents bathrooms with two stalls are located at the end of the bar.
Assets: Plastic chairs, both round and rectangular trestle tables, white tablecloths, white chair covers, organza tie-backs for chairs, organza overlays for tables, white draping, gold underplates, crockery, cutlery, glassware, kitchen equipment, 6 fridges, a chest freezer, oven, microwave convection oven, grill, deep fryer, pots and pans, projector screen, flip chart stand, microphone, PA and projector already listed under the Lapa's assets, outdoor garden tables and chairs, hand driers in the bathrooms
Potential Revenue Streams:
•The venue lends itself well to large catered functions, weddings, matric dances, church worship meetings and bigger conferences. Market rates for a wedding are R100-R240 per person, depending on type of catering and setup.

5. The Auditorium:
The Auditorium is a 42.5sqm purpose-built noise-proof audio visual space. With no windows, inclined seating, blue walls , air-conditioning and a large screen, the auditorium is the perfect space to show presentations and films. It can seat approximately 25 people classroom style.
Assets: airconditioner, projector (already listed under Lapa's assets), chairs and tressle tables (already listed under Function Hall's assets
Potential Revenue Streams:
•As is, the venue can be hired out for product launches, VIP film screenings, executive client presentations , lectures and as part of a conference package.
•With some investment in professional soundproofing and equipment, this could be converted into a small bespoke recording studio subject to market demand.

6. Non-Revenue Generating Areas:
a) Laundry Room and Drying Yard:
The large and spacious laundry room has ample space for connecting a number of washing machines and ironing stations. There is also ample shelving for the storage of extra linen, blankets, duvet inners, pillow cases, towels and mattresses. The drying yard has undercover lines and a security gate for quick outdoor drying of large volumes of laundry. If additional space is required there is also a long outdoor line. Assets: Two sets of linen and towels for each unit, night frill, mattress protector, pillows and pillow protector, extra mattresses, extra towels, three large top-loader washing machines, one hand-washing sink, large purpose-built ironing board for ironing of bedding, iron, shelving, cleaning equipment (buckets, mops, feather dusters, caddies).
b) The Office:
A light and spacious office from which to run and manage your business, with built-in floor to ceiling cupboards to store files. Assets: L-shaped oak finish executive desk, faux black leather executive office chair with armrests, two desktop computers with monitors, keyboards and a mouse, HP inkjet printer, office accessories (stapler, punch, pens, calculator, etc.), cordless phone, credit card machine.
c) Public Toilet:
For visitors.
d) Undercover Parking:
Eighteen undercover parking bays at the main entrance, protected by a pin-pad operated security gate.
e) Workshop and Undercover Work Area:
An equipped workshop and large undercover work area, from which all maintenance for the property can be managed. Assets: tractor, hand tools and gardening tools, welding machine, power tools.
f) Unfinished Extension & Staff Accommodation:
Leading off the patio bar is an unfinished extension for 28 double en-suite rooms. The foundations have been laid and the walls have been built to window height . Once completed, this wing will triple accommodation availability. The unfinished staff accommodation comprises a two bedroomed flat. g) Water Storage Tanks & Fire Extinguishers:
Six water storage tanks (1 x 50,000l, 1 x 20,000l, 3 x 5,000l, 1 x 2,000l) and the legal required number of fire extinguishers for insurance purposes.

The camp was purpose built to accommodate large groups on a self-catering basis and is designed to be low maintenance. It is built on the banks of the lower dam. It comprises four dormitories consisting of 10 single bunk beds each, sleeping 20 people. In total the camp can accommodate 80 people.

Each dorm has its own ablution block, with 4 showers, 4 basins and 4 toilets. The heart of the camp is a large outdoor braai area , with shaded seating. Adjacent to the braai are is the multi-purpose dining and function hall, with built-in tables and bench seating, a stage and two single rooms , accommodating one person each (group or tour leader, matron, etc.). Behind the dining hall there are two kitchen space and washing up areas.

Cleared grounds surround the camp, with plenty of space for further development. Ideas include, but are not limited to, additional dorms to increase capacity, an obstacle course, children's playground, educational touch farm for children, a zipline, canoes on the dam, kitchen permaculture garden and education centre, mountain biking track, soccer or rugby field.
Assets: 40 bunk beds, 80 foam mattresses covered in an easy to clean protective cover, benches and tables, 3 geysers, two water storage tanks (1 x 5,000l, 1 x 1,000l)
Potential Revenue Streams:
•As is the dorms can be hired out to church groups and choirs, schools, touring sports groups, foreign overland tour groups, university rallies, matric farewell camps, family reunion holidays, etc. Current market prices for dorm-type accommodation range from R65 per person, per night. Additional revenue can be generated through offering affordable catering to guests.
•With some investment in attractions and the structuring of an educational program, educational children's holiday and weekend camps can be run.

Although the infrastructure remains, the tunnels have not been in use for some years. To get them back in operation an investment will need to be made in new plastic sheeting and maintenance on the irrigation system and existing steel structures.

The land along either side of the access road, with one side on the riverbank, is ideal for farming.

Large areas of non-arable land surrounding the tunnels would be suitable for pig-pens, chicken coops and livestock.

Assets: steel structure tunnels, irrigation system

Potential Revenue Streams:
Tunnels: suitable for growing cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes and as a greenhouse for palm tree seedlings which can eventually be transplanted outside to grow to full size, to be sold to property developers.
Lands: suitable for farming vegetables, planting nut trees as a long-term investment, mushroom farming, bamboo plantations for sustainable building industry.
Animals: sheep, cattle, goats, chickens and pigs Fish Farming: the dams, river and tunnels can be used for fish farming, which is a growing industry

For Further Information please contact VIP International Homes.

Viewings are strictly by appointment through the vendors' agents VIP International Homes.

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Private Bag X26, PostNet Suite 81, PostNet Steenberg Village, Tokai, 7966. South Africa
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