19 bedroom hotel for saleThe Bridge Hotel, Helmsdale, Highland, KW8
- Fully refurbished former hotel in the centre of Helmsdale
- 5 reception rooms
- 19 bedrooms with en-suite or shower rooms
- A further 5 staff bedrooms and 2 staff bathrooms
- Enclosed garden
- EPC Rating TBC
The former Bridge Hotel is conveniently situated just off the main Inverness to John
O'Groats Road (A9) in the centre of Helmsdale. It occupies a superb south facing
site overlooking the old bridge and the River Helmsdale, one of Scotland's most
famous salmon rivers.
Sutherland is one of Scotland's most beautiful counties with spectacular landscapes
ranging from the rugged coastline to wild moorland and mountains.
Helmsdale is a delightful Highland town which was developed as a fishing port in the
nineteenth century by the Duke of Sutherland. The planned village, which was started in 1814, remains intact and by 1819, 204 fishing boats were based in the harbour.Other industries included a distillery and a carpet factory. Today only a few boats operate from the harbour however Helmsdale remains a most attractive town with good local shops and facilities.
Communications in this very unspoilt part of Scotland are surprisingly good. The A9
gives fast access by car to Inverness and its airport (1 hour 45 minutes) whilst Wick
Airport is 36 miles to the north and provides regular flights to Edinburgh and
Aberdeen where connections to Europe and the USA are available. For those wishing to travel at a slower pace there is a railway station in Helmsdale with regular services to Inverness, Thurso and Wick.
The Bridge Hotel is ideally situated for attracting passing tourists exploring the
Highlands and making their way to John O'Groats. The Helmsdale River attracts
significant numbers of salmon fishers and the former hotel is perfectly placed and
suitably equipped to benefit from this.
The Bridge Hotel was built in 1816 and was known for many years as Ross's
Commercial Inn. It is solidly built of harled stone under slated roofs with charming
crowstepped gables. A programme of renovation and modernisation was undertaken
between 2000 and 2007 and the hotel is now in very good condition throughout and
is equipped to a very high standard. Great care was taken during the refurbishment
to retain the original character and charm and this has been successfully achieved.
The large reception hall is impressive and spacious with an open fireplace and
extensive potential seating areas. From here doors lead to the dining room, the breakfast room, the large lounge bar and an additional overspill dining area. The
dining room has wood panelled walls and Caithness slate is used extensively in the
public area floors. There are excellent ladies and gents facilities and a special needs
room on the ground floor. The kitchen and service areas are extensive.
The nineteen bedroom suites are all well decorated. The highlight of this
accommodation is the Presidential Suite which includes a large bedroom, sitting room and bathroom. All of the other bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms or shower rooms. All the baths have shower attachments. The bedrooms are spread over 3 floors including the ground floor which allows easy access for elderly guests or people with special needs.
The magnificent residents' lounge is found on the first floor. This is a large, well
proportioned Victorian room with an open fireplace and four windows. Immediately
below on the ground floor is the excellent function room which has direct access to
the walled garden. The 5 staff bedrooms and 2 staff bathrooms are useful additional
The specifications throughout the building are of a very high standard. There is oil
fired central heating (underfloor on the ground floor) provided by twin boilers. All
the windows are double glazed, there are television points in all the bedrooms and
there is Wi-fi internet access throughout the public areas.
The garden, which lies behind the former hotel, is protected by a high stone wall. It
has formed an ideal beer garden and has ample room for a seasonal marquee which
could be used in conjunction with the function room. Further accommodation could
be developed in the garden subject to planning consent being obtained. Outbuildings
include a useful rod room, the boiler room and underground oil and gas storage
CURRENT STATUS AND POTENTIAL
The Bridge Hotel has ceased trading and is empty of contents and equipment. It is
however being well maintained and offers great potential for a purchaser. It could be
reopened as a commercial hotel alternatively it could form an exclusive guest house,
benefiting from the considerable passing tourist trade and the proximity of the River
Helmsdale, one of Scotland's finest salmon fishing rivers,
With its extensive accommodation, the former hotel could form a conference centre,
wedding venue or a retirement home. Alternatively it could be developed to form
several self contained flats, perhaps with shared common facilities. All future uses will require planning and building control approval to be obtained.
The sale of the Bridge Hotel allows purchasers the opportunity to purchase a large
and historic property, which has recently benefited from a comprehensive
refurbishment and which is in good condition throughout. It will be an exciting
challenge to find the most worthwhile role for the building in the future. With this
part of the Highlands looking set to benefit from developments in the renewables
energy sector, Bridge Hotel is well placed to benefit from any new prosperity.
Strictly by appointment with the joint selling agents.
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