5 bedroom guest house for saleBungalow 500, Garve Road, Ullapool, Ross-shire, IV26
- Business for sale
- Overlooking Loch Broom
- Self-contained owners accommodation
- Sleeps 14 guests in total
- On the North Coast 500 route
* Boutique style Bed and Breakfast business, overlooking Loch Broom, in the ever popular North Coast 500 village of Ullapool.
* Comprises 3 highly attractive, individually designed letting bedrooms, and a two roomed family suite, sleeping 14 guests in total, along with attractive guest dining/lounge area.
* Benefitting from an elevated position, offering a prominent roadside trading location with excellent signage plus ample off road parking and attractive grounds.
* Property includes self-contained owners accommodation comprising of lounge, bedroom and bathroom as well as a modern kitchen, games room and sauna.
* Outstanding "home and income" lifestyle business, operating seasonally from March-October.
Bungalow 500 is a thriving bed and breakfast business with an enviable trading location in the popular tourist village of Ullapool. This charming property dates back to the late 1930's, and has benefited from extensive modernisation in recent years. Contrary to what the name suggests, Bungalow 500 is presented over two floors. The business is accessed from the main road and has a substantial footprint. Within the trading aspects, there are three individual, boutique style bedrooms, and a family suite comprising both a double and a twin bedroom. Further facilities include an in-house sauna, a modern kitchen and a guest lounge/breakfast room with seating for 14 guests. The business enjoys well-deserved recognition as evidenced by the excellent reviews on trip advisor and having been a recent finalist in the 2019 Hotel Awards acknowledging the standard of accommodation on offer. The self-contained owner's area is spacious and comprises of a lounge, large bedroom, bathroom and games room. The business benefits from excellent roadside signage with ease of access and on-site parking. The current owners have invested heavily into the business, sparing no expense, whilst at the same time endeavoring to maintain an environmentally friendly footprint. This has resulted in a superb home and income earning proposition presented in walk-in condition.
Trading from a prominent location, the business operates as a quality bed and breakfast providing an enviable level of service and facilities. Trade is generated from the many holiday makers who partake in the North Coast 500 route, or simply visit Ullapool and the surrounding areas. The current owners avoid using commission-based portal bookings sites, and are able to generate a high turnover utlising their own website and one or two other portals.
Accommodation on offer is flexible, however the owners try where possible to have a 2-night minimum stay policy, in keeping with their efforts to reduce their own carbon footprint. The business operates below the VAT threshold and provides a sound level of profitability but with the capacity to trade to a higher level, by extending the trading season. The location and stature of the business is such that it is easy to locate for those who have booked via the internet and for the casual passer-by seeking accommodation. The business is well-signposted and is supported by a well-structured website.
Bungalow 500 sits in an elevated position overlooking some of the most dramatic and beautiful scenery to be found in the countryside. The business is just a short walk (0.7miles) from the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry to Stornoway which leaves twice daily (once on Sundays) for those planning a trip to Lewis, Harris or the other Hebridean Islands. The property is easily accessible, located on the A835 and the North Coast 500 tourist route, benefitting from good signage with planned upgrades taking place including the installation of two new signs. The immediate area is well served with facilities, shops and services for both locals and visitors alike. The North West Coast of Scotland attracts a large number of visitors and Bungalow 500 makes a perfect base from which visitors can continue their odyssey of the broader Highland region. Ullapool has a strong sense of community, with schools, golf course and social and welfare facilities. Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, is a 65-minute drive away with a full range of services associated with a modern thriving City.
Ullapool has a population of c1600 which swells in the summer months with the influx of tourists. The village became an established fishing centre in the Mid-1700s and still has a fishing tradition. The village is popular with a range of tourists and is a popular stop for those undertaking the North Coast 500 tourist route. The village also has a strong music scene hosting dance, book, music and guitar festivals throughout the year, along with the popular Beer Festival held in October every year.
REASON FOR SALE
The present owners purchased Bungalow 500 in December 2016 and have enjoyed transforming the business to its current level. However, it is their desire to retire from the hospitality sector that brings this desirable home and charming business to the market.
Bungalow 500 is a substantial detached property of traditional stone construction, under a slate roof, with modern extensions under areas of flat sheet metal profile roofing. The original subjects were built c1930. The property is deceptively spacious with accommodation being laid out across two floors. Most areas of the property benefit from double glazing and it has been extensively modernised in recent years.
PUBLIC / SERVICE AREAS
Entry to the property is via a private driveway and garden area through an outer door leading to the main reception hallway. This area is spacious and attractively presented. Guests can enjoy a range of breakfast options in the lovely breakfast room/lounge which features a wall mounted electric flame effect fire and double aspect windows offering stunning views. The guest lounge offers visitors a chance to relax with a mix of soft furnishings and free-standing tables and chairs. Breakfast is prepared in a modern well laid out kitchen which benefits from a range of modern fitted wall and floor mounted units, as well as an island unit, providing ample space for food preparation. Guests can also enjoy access to a Scandinavian sauna located on the ground floor. There is a large dry goods store off the kitchen which provides further storage, and a laundry area to the rear.
There are 4/5 letting bedrooms; 2 on the ground floor and 2/3 on the first floor. The ground floor bedrooms are suitable for less able guests. All letting rooms are finished to a very high standard offering generously sized and well-appointed accommodation. The guest house can accommodate a maximum of 14 guests. The rooms feature double-glazing, central heating, Freeview television, in-room toiletries and hospitality trays. The guest bedrooms are configured as follows:
Sleeps 4 - Twin with zip and link beds, can be converted to super king size bed, enjoying stunning views over Loch Broom. En-suite wet room with underfloor heating suitable for less able guests. Large fold out sofa bed, sleeping further two guests.
Sleeps 1/2 - Small double with adjacent private shower room, dedicated dressing area and view of harbour.
Sleeps 2 - Twin with zip and link beds, can be converted to super king size. En-suite bathroom with roll top bath and separate shower. Light, airy and spacious dual aspect room with stunning views of Loch of Broom.
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Sleeps 4/5 - Double with king size bed and twin room with interconnecting door, shared en-suite shower room and further sink unit in twin room. Designed for family or friend group, enjoying attractive views.
The owner's accommodation, is a most attractive feature of the sale comprising a large owners lounge, large double bedroom and family bathroom. The owner's accommodation is accessed from the rear of the property and is totally self-contained offering complete privacy.
Access to the property is via a tarmacked drive leading up from the main road, with ample off road parking for guest vehicles. The gardens comprise tranquil woodland to the rear, with original feature wall and manicured flowerbeds set to the front. The property is set in an elevated position offering picturesque views towards Loch Broom and the town of Ullapool.
The subjects benefit from mains electricity, water and drainage. With oil fired central heating and modern eco radiators, and is fully double glazed throughout. The business is fully compliant with fire safety requirements. The property has Wi-Fi throughout. Under floor heating featured in Telford bathroom.
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