Restaurant for saleHalladale Inn Caravan Park and Licensed Restaurant/Bar, Melvich, KW14 JYJ
Offers in Excess of 3,250 sq. m. | £230,000
- Business for sale
- 34,982 sq ft (3,250 sq m)
- Use class orders: A3 Restaurants and Cafes and A4 Drinking Establishments
- Main building originates from circa 1890
- Developed croft house which has been operated as a hospitality business for 30 years
- Built from stone with apitched slate roof
- Traditional wood fittings and quality tartan carpet throughout the bar
- Through the bar is a spacious restaurant
- The Inn has a hard-standing car park which can accommodate 15 cars
- The Halladale Inn benefits from a prime roadside trading location
- Scope to develop out the available land further
- Well-maintained 3-star facility
- The bar retains it own WCs for both gents and ladies
The caravan, motor home and camping pitch has a license for 19 units, including 13 hook-up points for caravans and motor homes, within an area of approximately 3250 metres square. This well-maintained 3-star facility has a good quality utilities building. This includes 2 washing machines and 2 tumble dryers, both of which are key-controlled from the main Inn. In addition there are spacious ladies and gents ablutions with showers units. Within the area there is power provision for pitches.
The Halladale Inn and Caravan Park offers a business model which is easy to manage, and a lifestyle which can be designed to suit the proprietor’s choice. The business is ideally situated to capitalise upon a broad range of clientele who enjoy the ruggedness, tranquility and beauty of its location. The site drives income through the letting of pitches for tents and caravans, as well as the trade enjoyed in the Inn with its restaurant and bar. The majority of pitch business is pre-booked but there are a number of ‘off street’ customers who arrive without a prior booking. The business enjoys a varied clientele, fishers, stalkers, surfers and ornithologists are regular visitors as well as walkers and climbers but there are a number of guests who simply enjoy the tranquil setting. Local trade is also a reliable source of business and over recent years the present owners have developed the business and have gained an enviable reputation whilst offering a good standard of catering supported with good facilities.
Summed up as “small campsite clean facilities great view friendly pub decent food” by a Trip advisor contributor the business is a substantial and attractive proposition which under new motivated owners could be developed and grown to the next level. Now nearing retirement the current owners have decided to bring this excellent business and income opportunity onto the market. The vendors have invested in the property and the Inn is well presented offering a warm and welcoming area, with range of provision that meets both the local need and the requirements of the many and varied tourists that pass by. Located within some of the most stunning scenery in the North of Scotland, the business offers a warm and friendly Highland welcome to all its guests. Over recent years the present owners have developed the business and have gained an enviable reputation whilst offering a good standard of catering supported with good facilities. This has led to an all-year round operating model within buoyant trade resulting in a profitable business.
Situated in the small coastal village of Melvich which is 17 miles west of Thurso on the A836 North Coast Road. Driving time is approximately two and a half hours from the city of Inverness. Local rail stations are at Thurso (16 miles along A836) and Forsinard (15 miles along A897) Wick has the local airport. Sutherland itself is an area rich in wildlife, home to herds of wild red deer, the otter and the Atlantic salmon amongst other species. Ornithologists are frequent visitors to the county, attracted by the golden eagle, hen harrier, peregrine falcon, short eared owl, numerous other birds of prey and both black and red grouse. Puffin on nearby cliffs, red throated divers on a hill loch or perhaps corncrake sightings on a local farm are other attractions. Such are wildlife numbers that a sustainable cull of deer and sporting birds brings stalkers and shooters to the area, generally in the winter months. As for the tourist, there are lots of options. A day trip to Orkney is within easy reach, as are numerous sites of archaeological interest, the Castle of Mey and John O’ Groats. The region is also renowned for the surfing within the high rolling waves. The United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority facility at Dounreay and adjacent site of HMS Vulcan often generates brings a large number of business travellers to the area.
The North Coast 500, which is the new scenic route showcasing more than 500 miles of the best roads the North Highlands has to offer, passes through Melvich along the route which is a further attraction to the business. Described as Scotland’s answer to Route 66, the course way runs to and from Inverness, venturing round the capital of the Highlands, up the West Coast and back via the rugged north coast.
THE HALLADALE INN
The main building originates from circa 1890 and is a developed croft house which has been operated as a hospitality business for 30 years. Built from stone with a pitched slate roof there is a sympathetic extension to the rear built in 1981. Through a vestibule, the front entrance leads into a traditional ‘L’ shaped bar with table seating for 24; the service of bar meals is a strong income driver of the business. There is a significant presence of traditional wood fittings and quality tartan carpet throughout the bar. This coupled with a welcoming and original solid fuel fireplace provide a high degree of character and warmth. The bar servery is located in a good position of vantage providing good access to the service areas to its rear. An area is set aside for a pool table and additionally there is a darts board, gaming machine and jukebox which are a key attraction to holiday makers. The bar retains it own WCs for both gents and ladies.
Through the bar is a spacious restaurant which is put to good use for many community activities such as meetings for the Coastguard and Young Famers. With disabled access directly from the car park and disabled facilities, the restaurant can comfortably seat up to 40 covers but has a partition screen to facilitate a cosier environment for smaller gatherings. With good visibility over the wild countryside and tasteful wall lights, the restaurant is a bright and commodious room. Located within this area is a spacious office with a robust safe. The Inn has a hard-standing car park which can accommodate 15 cars.
The public areas are serviced from a modern and ergonomically laid out commercial kitchen with an excellent extraction system and a good level of support equipment, plus a new floor (2012). With excellent built-in storage units, a large dry goods store and a utility room, the kitchen is capable of a high level of food production. A spacious, newly fitted out cellar with a ‘python cooler’, with both shelving and wine racks provides adequate and secure storage for alcoholic and soft beverages. A secondary office counter gives an area to prepare bills etc. The Inn benefits from double glazing throughout and electric heating.
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