Cafe to rentWhite Cottage Tearoom, Main Street, North Kessock, Inverness-Shire, IV1
£25,000 pa (£2,083 pcm)
North Kessock lies on the south coast of the Black Isle, at the narrows where the Beauly Firth becomes the Moray Firth. Directly opposite is the city of Inverness. Popular with both locals and the vast amount of tourists who visit The Black Isle, the village comprises shops, post office, doctors, dentists and hotel as well as an excellent primary school which feeds into the prestigious Fortrose Academy. There is a large car park which is sited on the shore, and this provides excellent parking for visitors to the village. Just off the A9, and before the North Kessock turn off is located the Dolphin and Seal Centre, which is very popular, and as they have no restaurant/cafeteria on site, a handy flight of steps leads from here down to the main street where the White Cottage Restaurant/Coffee Shop is located. This provides a steady stream of visitors and tourists to the café. At times the Dolphins can be seen playing in the bay from the restaurant window.
The White Cottage Restaurant/Coffee Shop is a very attractive business which, although trading profitably at the moment, could lend itself to a variety of uses. Currently used as both a tea room and restaurant , with approximately 40 covers, over 9 tables it serves home baking along with some light food provision and very popular high teas, there is potential to further develop food provision or indeed offer full restaurant service, there is no alcohol licence at present.
There is a servery to the front of the café with a chill unit, and an open plan kitchen supported by all the usual appliances and continuing into the rear via a door from the kitchen area is a store and freezer room. There is a toilet suitable for disabled visitors as well as a small office area linking the café and kitchen. It is the views enjoyed from within the café as well as the small number of tables outside which really add to the charm of this attractive business.
North Kessock is the site of an ancient ferry route between Inverness and the Black Isle the ferry ran until The Kessock Bridge was opened in 1982. One of the villages that make up the Black Isle. North Kessock is also a popular tourist resort with many B&Bs and self-catering holiday accommodation in the area. Nearby in Fortrose and Rosemarkie is a links Golf Course; this is a traditional links course set on a peninsular and designed by James Braid, a name familiar to the golfing fraternity. There are a number of other quality golf courses in the area for tourists and locals to utilise. In and around the Black Isle there are plenty of activities engage in. Boat trips operate taking visitors to see the dolphins in the inner Moray Firth at Chanonry Point. Other activities within the immediate area include walking, fishing and nature watching. Loch Ness and its associated castles are only a short drive away and the West Coast is a 50 minute drive. North Kessock is an ideal base from which to explore Inverness and to make a broader odyssey of the Highlands. The Black Isle Show is a large agricultural show held each August which brings an abundance of visitors to the area. A further attraction to the region is the distilleries such as Glen Ord Distillery, Dalmore Distillery and Glenmorangie Distillery; these distilleries have visitor centres providing guided tours.
Of traditional construction, double glazed and under a slate roof.
This terraced property was originally two cottages, stone built and extended upwards and to the rear. The Coffee Shop, kitchen, store rooms and facilities areas comprise the ground floor of the property.
THE WHITE COTTAGE TEAROOM
The prominent signage as well as excellent reviews on various websites ensure a steady stream of visitors to this business which also benefits from local trade. The Coffee Shop has an entrance from the main street and opens into a pleasant and welcoming space set to tables and chairs and able to seat 40 covers. There is a serving area, with a chill unit, coffee machines and drinks fridge and a till. Entry to the kitchen is through a swing door, where a small office area joins the kitchen and the café. There is a toilet suitable for disabled use. There is plenty scope here to develop the trade further, at present the White Cottage Tea Room operates from 10 -6 pm.
There is an office area in the commercial kitchen. There is a good sized Store and Freezer room behind the kitchen as well as staff toilet and hand washing area. The commercial kitchen houses a 5 burner LPG gas top cooker with electric oven, free standing twin fryers, large extraction system, commercial dishwasher, dual sinks as well as various work benches and equipment. Plenty storage and a back door for access to the rear. The kitchen is compact but well laid out providing service to the tea room.
There is parking to the area in front of the café and there is a large public car park across and up slightly to the right.
Oil central heating is used throughout, form a large tank discreetly located in the back garden. LPG Gas for cooking. Mains drainage
The Rating of the property is F
The Tea Room is open from 10am until 6pm. The Café closes in the winter for 5 weeks after end of January until March and also In November for a couple of weeks.
Offers over £25,000 leasehold are invited for the freehold interest complete with fixtures and fittings and goodwill. Stock to be purchased subject to valuation. Length of lease term is negotiable and lease to buy options will be considered. Rent to be in the region of £15,000
per anum. Quarterly in advance.
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