The Tomich Hotel is a beautiful, substantive category ‘C’ listed building with a history which runs deeply within the Highlands of Scotland. It maintains many of the original features which were a hallmark of the bygone Victorian era following its construction in the late 1800’s as a hunting lodge for Lord Tweedsmouth’s Guisachan Estate (the ancestral home of the Golden Retriever dog). This sporting accent continues today as the surrounds of Tomich and adjacent Glen Affric offer some of the finest fieldsports in Scotland, particularly trout / salmon fishing. Enjoying a key roadside location in the conservation village of Tomich, the hotel is an excellent example of a traditional property seamlessly merging with modern comforts and facilities. The impressive exterior of the property is testament to its Victorian origins. Likewise, open fires, high ceilings, attractive cornicing and characterful natural wood finishes are evident throughout the interior aspects.
The traditional welcoming atmosphere offered today is reflective of this wonderful property and its setting, yet is further enhanced by a smart range of modern day facilities. The business has a cosy resident’s lounge with roaring log fire and the restaurant sets an intimate ambience with another open fireplace. The spacious lounge bar with its fishing theme offers an informal dining option. The hotel has eight most comfortable en-suite letting bedrooms.
This successful and sustainable business opportunity benefits from a high level of repeat visitors each year. In 2016 turnover was at around £250,000 generating an estimated net profit of around £70,000 making this an excellent investment opportunity. Income is generated from food and beverage sales and accommodation provision. The majority of income is taken between April and October offering an easy-to-operate lifestyle business. The hotel would ideally suit experienced or highly motivated operators who could bring their knowledge, flair and energy to drive the business to greater profitability.
Restaurant trade and wet sales are generated by guests staying on-site plus the many visitors from the neighbouring lodge parks, self-catering businesses and bed and breakfasts etc. The Black Pennell bar serves bar meals and snacks throughout the day from 12 pm until 9 pm. A more formal dining experience is taken in the Grouse and Claret Restaurant. The business utilises a wide range of marketing options which helps maximise occupancy levels including booking.com. The rooms are categorised as standard, silver standard and superior luxury offering something for a wide range of tastes and budgets. The business has a highly effective website (www.tomichhotel.co.uk) plus it makes excellent use of a number of portal websites to provide wide market exposure. The business has a good reputation which is reflected in TripAdvisor.
The pretty conservation village of Tomich sits close to the head of Glen Affric and Tomich is the closest hotel to this magnificent Scottish Glen and the Glen Affric National Nature Reserve. The Glen Affric Forest Reserve is claimed to be the most beautiful Glen in Scotland and this splendid native Caledonian Pine Forest is home to a huge variety of wildlife which includes Red, Roe and Sika Deer, Pine Martens, Golden Eagles, Peregrine Falcons and Foxes. As a result the hotel is a paradise for naturalists, field sportsmen, walkers, cyclists, fishers and many, many others who travel to holiday in this most picturesque part of Scotland. Ornithologists appreciate the value of the area to birdlife and there is a nearby RSPB centre at Corrimony. Plodda Falls is the highest and most spectacular waterfall in the area, over thirty metres high; they form the climax to a pleasant walk through the spectacular native woodland with many fine specimen trees.
The hotel is on The Affric Kintail Way (www.affrickintailway.com) which is a fully signposted route providing a superb cross-country trail for walkers and mountain bikers stretching almost 44 miles from Drumnadrochit on Loch Ness to Morvich in Kintail by Loch Duich. This increasingly popular walker’s route generates direct trade to the business. Tomich is only 20 minutes drive from Drumnadrochit and a further 25 minutes by the shores of beautiful Loch Ness to Inverness itself, “The Highland Capital”. Outdoor pursuits, Castles, Distilleries, Culloden Battlefield and many other day trip options make Tomich an excellent base from which to pursue a wide range of activities. In addition to this broad base of tourist and holiday trade the hotel enjoys healthy year round local support.
For resident owners the area offers an exceptional Highland setting with primary schooling at nearby Cannich and secondary schooling at Glenurquhart High in Drumnadrochit.
REASON FOR SALE
The present owners purchased the hotel in 2003 and have enjoyed a rewarding and profitable lifestyle at the helm of this successful business. It is planned retirement from the hospitality sector that brings this highly desirable proposition onto the market. Whilst the hotel benefits from a strong reputation, there remains scope for enthusiastic new owners to further develop trade beyond its current level.
The Tomich Hotel is a stunning detached property of traditional construction dating back to the latter part of the 19th Century. A Victorian property, stone built under a slate roof, the hotel has accommodation arranged over 2 levels with more recent adjoining single storey extensions.
Separate from the main hotel is “The Coachouse” a detached one and a half storey property, stone built under a slate roof with accommodation arranged over two floors.
The main hotel entrance is from the parking spaces to the front via partially glazed double doors opening into the timber lined entrance portico from which a solid inner door leads into the spacious reception hallway. The main reception desk is located here, conveniently facing the main door with an administrative office to the rear. To the right off the reception hallway is the comfortable residents lounge complete with open fire, original cornicing and natural wood finishes. This room is set to soft furnishings and is a popular place for guest to unwind after a busy day’s activities. To the left is the intimate Grouse and Claret Restaurant which has two distinct areas; each room has an ornamental fireplace, dado rail and cornicing. The front room is set to 7 tables to comfortably seat 16 guests. These areas are used both for breakfast service and also as an intimate candlelit restaurant for the discerning diner. The attractive stairs and wrought iron balustrades lead upstairs from the reception hall to 5 of the hotels 8 en suite letting bedrooms. A corridor leads from the reception hallway to the cosy and attractive lounge bar which is set to fixed and free-standing tables and chairs to seat 40 guests. The smart well-equipped servery is set in the original bar area which also benefits from exposed ceiling beams and a large woodburning stove. Adjoining the original bar is a more modern single storey extension which conveniently incorporates a separate entrance to the side of the hotel, this removes the requirement for casual and passing trade to utilise the main reception area. Currently meals are served at both lunchtime and in the evening and children are made most welcome. From the main bar a corridor leads to modern W.C. facilities for ladies, gents and disabled guests.
The hotel has 8 most comfortable en-suite letting bedrooms which are all well-appointed and very comfortable. In-room facilities are modern and include central heating, radio/alarms, direct dial telephones, tea/coffee making facilities and televisions. Letting bedrooms are configured as follows:
Hotel - First Floor
Room 1 - Double en-suite shower room
Room 2 - Double en-suite shower room
Room 3 - Superior superking/twin en-suite bath with shower over
Room 4 - Double en-suite bath with shower over
Room 5 - Superking/twin en-suite bath with shower over
Coach House – Ground Floor
Room 6 - Superking/twin en-suite bath with shower over
Room 7 - Double en-suite
Room 8 - Superior superking/twin en-suite bath with shower over
OWNERS / STAFF ACCOMMODATION
The present owners live off-site for family reasons but the hotel has three bedrooms that can be utilised either as staff or owner’s accommodation as required. One en-suite bedroom is set within the main hotel and a further 2-bedroom facility is situated in the Coach House. The Coach House master bedroom has an en-suite shower room. This accommodation benefits from a family bathroom and separate open area. These facilities would make attractive owners accommodation.
The current owners have a well-maintained, traditional 3-bedroom house near to the hotel and would be content to include this property in the sale by separate negotiation if required.
The hotel has a good-sized well equipped commercial kitchen and adjoining washing-up area. Substantial storage off the kitchen accommodates fridges and freezers. The hotel has a separate pantry food preparation area and a large beer cellar conveniently located off the bar. Extra linen storage is available on the first floor. The boiler room is situated off the rear kitchen storage area.
The hotel has a substantial footprint and sits within around 1 acre of grounds. The area to the front of the hotel is laid to tarmac offering guest parking with unrestricted roadside parking. The area between the main building and the Coach House forms a slabbed patio area and set to the other side of the property is an attractive beer garden on the lawn. To the rear there are substantial areas of lawn bordered by mature trees and to the bottom of this area is the Abhainn Deabhag which flows into the River Glass at Cannich. Outbuildings include a large timber shed and a further lean log store.
The hotel benefits from mains electricity and water with private drainage. Central heating and hot water is from an oil fired boiler and cooking is from LPG gas. The hotel benefits from Wi-Fi. The business is fire and environmental health compliant.