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103 bedroom hotel for sale


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Tenure: Freehold


The Royal Hotel is situated in the centre of Thurso, mainland UK's northernmost town and it occupies an entire block (with exception of the street level retail units). Thurso is a busy and sizeable community - the decommissioning of nearby Dounreay provide continuous employment for many years - and with a railway terminus and the main ferry point to Orkney, via Scrabster, the town is an excellent base from which to tour the northern reaches of the UK with attractions such as John O'Groats and the Castle of Mey, and of course the joys of the Orkney Isles a short ferry trip away.

The Royal Hotel has over the years evolved with the acquisition of adjoining properties and the additions and extensions to the rear to create this now sizeable 103 bedroom hotel that primarily caters to the coach tour market but at the same time provides a local community facility and is used regularly by the commercial sector and other visitors to the town. The hotel trades year round and is a well established and profitable business. Included with the property is the adjoining 5 bedroom house ideal for use by a resident manager or owners.

The Royal Hotel is currently owned by a London based investment and property company who acquired the Royal Hotel in August 2005 as part of a major investment in Scotland and the north of England. With a consolidation of their property portfolio a decision has been made to sell the Royal Hotel. The hotel is well established and central to the town and is an ideal acquisition for experienced hoteliers or a small company looking to expand their hotel portfolio.


Principally of a traditional Scottish stone construction under slate roofs, with more contemporary extensions to the rear, the Royal Hotel has accommodation on 3 main levels as follows.


The canopied main entrance leads via a revolving door into the spacious reception lounge area where there is the reception counter and admin office behind. Alongside is the Residents Lounge (50) an attractive room overlooking the front with central dispense servery (this room is used as the winter dining room). The hotels main dining room, the Orkney Restaurant (140) is located to the rear and "doubles" as a function room on demand. The main bar "John MacNab's Bar & Brasserie" is accessed either directly from the main street or via the entrance lounge and is an attractive lounge bar facility seating up to 70.


103 Letting Bedrooms to sleep 190 (26 double; 43 twin; 26 single; 5 family; 3 triples). All the bedrooms have ensuite facilities (49 bath with shower; 54 shower only) and are equipped with central heating, colour TV and tea/coffee facilities. The bedrooms are located 23 ground floor; 41 first floor; 39 second floor.


Sizeable commercial kitchen. Beer cellar. Spirit store. Dry goods store. External vegetable store. Laundry room. Staff room. Office.


To the rear of the hotel there is a service yard and limited private car parking. At the rear there has been a "beer garden" area created.


Within the hotel there are 2 staff bedrooms sharing a shower room.


Included with the Royal Hotel is a substantial house adjacent - "Beaconsfield", 4 Sir George's Street. This sizeable Victorian villa has accommodation of ground floor; 3 public rooms; office; kitchen; utility room and toilet; First Floor: 5 Bedrooms and large Bathroom.


Highland Council, Inverness (01463 702000). Mains gas, electricity, water and drainage. Central heating from oil fired boilers. One passenger lift.


Premises Licence.



Trading accounts for the year ended 30th April 2016 show a turnover of 1,111,704 (net of VAT) with a resulting EBITDAM Profit of 240,215. Trading results to date indicate that the April 2017 year will no worse that the previous year, 2016, and probably bettered. Trading accounts will be made available to genuinely interested purchasers, preferably after viewing.


Offers around 1,100,000 plus VAT for the freehold (heritable feuhold/outright ownership) properties complete with goodwill and trade contents (according to inventory) excluding personal items. Stock at valuation.


All offers should be submitted to Colliers International with whom purchasers should register interest if they wish to be informed of closing dates.


Colliers International is able to assist prospective purchasers by introducing sources of finance if required. Whilst we do not charge the buyer for this service, we may receive an introductory commission from the vendor or broker involved


All appointments to view MUST be made through the vendor's agents who are acting with sole selling rights.


John O'Groats 19 miles, Wick 20, Inverness 109. From Inverness follow the A9 northwards signposted Thurso continuing on the A9 until reaching Thurso. On entering Thurso and after crossing the River Thurso the hotel is on the right hand side.

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