Mansefield & the Granary represent a most desirable home and lifestyle business opportunity set in a tremendous and idyllic trading location within the village of Drumnadrochit, close to the shores of Loch Ness. This property has a charming and magical trading situation within a few hundred yards of the village centre just off the Great Glen Way. Only 15 miles south of the Highlands capital, Inverness, this attractive uncomplicated business benefits from being strategically placed to benefit those wishing to undertake an odyssey of the Highlands of Scotland.
This most appealing house and business has many attractive features in addition to its charming setting. The house (Mansefield) was built in 2006 and offers modern family accommodation. This 4-bedroom home provides exceptional quality and comfort with spacious rooms plus outstanding finishes. The current owner has tastefully decorated and maintained the property to a high standard, making it a most beautiful family dwelling. The house sits within spacious garden grounds with a sweeping gravel drive and well-maintained lawn areas. The private gardens are enclosed and there is a separate garden area for the letting accommodation. In addition to this high quality home there is a excellently appointed two-bedroom self-catering cottage (The Granary) which was completely converted into holiday lets in 2007. This self-catering unit offers an easy-to-operate business and a most straight forward trading model, making this a true lifestyle business. The letting cottage is presented in excellent order with high quality décor, fixtures and fittings providing relaxing accommodation for a wide range of clientele. The business is presented to the market in walk-in condition and is ready to operate with no requirement for additional significant capital investment. The sale of Mansefield and the Granary represents an exceptional opportunity for new vendors to own a prestigious property and operate a charming 'quality of life' business in the heart of the Great Glen within the Scottish Highlands.
REASON FOR SELLING
The vendor has brought the property onto the market due to a change in personal circumstances and to allow a relocation closer to family.
The seller operates the business whilst also partaking in separate employment. Trading year-round, income is primarily generated during the main tourist season (Easter to October) attracting a variety of tourists to include cyclists, walkers, mountaineers or those just enjoying a more leisurely holiday taking advantage of the natural beauty of the Highlands. The cottage offers an ideal base for exploring the wider region, catering for groups, families and single travellers. The business utilises a booking portal website which generates a high level of occupancy on week-long lets allowing the vendors to trade at a very leisurely pace which suits their lifestyle choices. New owners could, if so desired, drive the business more fully and develop trade further, possibly introduicing shorter term lets which generate greater income. There is also scope to utilise some of the bedrooms within the main house to offer bed and breakfast provision. Depending on new owners requirements up to three rooms could be let; all rooms could be made en-suite with some modifications to layout subject to consents.
Mansefield & the Granary is situated approximately 400 metres from the A82 on the A831 within the ever-popular village of Drumnadrochit. The A82 is the main arterial route between Inverness in the North and Fort William in the South. Set in the Great Glen, the village is within easy commuter distance of Inverness some 15 miles away. Drumnadrochit has shops, a primary and secondary school plus a wide range of welfare and social amenities. The village is the home of the Loch Ness Monster (Nessie) and close to Urquhart Castle. Due to its strategic location on the North shore of Loch Ness, the village benefits from a high level of passing trade including those who transit to Skye.
The broader area boasts a number of places of general interest. The area is renowned for its stunning beauty. Water sports and fishing are highly popular past times in the region, as are field sports. The cottage is excellently located to use as a base to visit the many places of historic and social interest within the region. This includes Culloden Battlefield, Eilean Donan Castle to the West plus the beautiful countryside stretching from the West Coast, Cairngorm Mountains to Speyside.
The property has an attractive façade, accessed via a gravel drive with ample parking leading to the rear aspects. "Mansefield" is an individually designed home which was built in 2007 and completed to the highest specification, set over 2 floors. The Granary is a detached cottage, approximately 100 years old being fully renovated 9 years ago.
An attractive feature of this sale is the spacious and superb family home, of larger than normal proportions giving ample and comfortable living space. This charming detached house has a carefully planned interior presenting bright and airy accommodation coupled with excellent decor making this a stylish yet practical family home. The layout of the house allows for flexible applications. There are many pleasing features including solid wooden and slate flooring, integrated surround sound system and multi-fuel burning stove. The well-appointed dining-kitchen, opens to the family room and provides a tremendous focal point of the home.
Entrance to the property is via a double glazed door into a vestibule leading to a spacious hallway; both benefiting from attractive slate flooring. A secondary entrance is from the rear of the building into the utility room. From the hallway, to the left is a spacious lounge which has triple aspect windows providing a bright and airy outlook. Solid wood flooring and a feature multi-fuel burning stove on slate hearth and with wooden surround, makes the lounge an attractive family space. To the rear of the hallway a feature glass panel door leads through to the family room with slate flooring, from where access is gained to the large kitchen / dining room which is well-appointed with modern wall and floor mounted units. The open plan kitchen has excellent space, comfortably fitting a dining area. From the kitchen is a spacious utility room which has a W.C. off. To the right of the main entrance hall is a further corridor which has a cloakroom and leads to the master bedroom. This double bedroom with built in wardrobes has a full en-suite with shower, wash-hand basin and W.C. Stairs lead to the first floor and the 3 further bedrooms which are all well-appointed with built-in cupboards. Bedroom 2 is en-suite with a shower room. The two other double bedrooms share a spacious family bathroom with wash hand basin and free-standing roll-top bath with mixer tap and incorporating shower attachment. There is also a separate shower cubicle. Off the landing is an office plus a further storage cupboard which houses the water tank.
The Granary trades as a letting unit which is situated to the rear of the subjects and is a detached cottage, approximately 100 years old but was renovated 9 years ago and has since then been successfully operated as a self-catering holiday let. The cottage is presented to an exceptionally high standard of décor and offers an excellent quality holiday home.
Access via a wooden door into a vestibule opens in to the lounge. Both the vestibule and lounge benefit from solid wooden flooring. The lounge has a feature multi-fuel stove set on an attractive slate hearth. Through an archway is the modern kitchen with a lovely range of cream wall and base units with an excellent range of appliances. There is ample room for dining table and chairs. Off the lounge is the bathroom fitted to a W.C., wash hand basin and shower bath with mains fed shower over the bath incorporating a fitted glass shower screen. A built-in cupboard houses the Megaflo tank. Individually designed and hand-made stairs lead to the first floor and the 2 bedrooms plus additional shower room. Bedroom 1 and 2 both benefit from double aspect windows plus built-in wardrobes. Room 1 is configured to a double bed and Room 2 twin beds.
The properties sit in grounds extending to approximately 1/3 of an acre and each benefit from having their own gardens and off-road parking facilities. The front garden is fully enclosed by a combination of stone dyke walling and high hedging and a gravel driveway provides ample off-road parking and turning facilities. The garden to the front is neatly laid to grass and has bordering established shrubs and heathers. The rear garden is fully enclosed by high timber fencing ensuring a degree of privacy and is laid to grass with a patio and small decked area creating an ideal venue for al fresco dining. Within the garden is a log store and rotary clothes dryer.
The garden located to the rear of the Granary is laid to grass with a variety of established trees. There is a small timber decked area idea for a table and chairs.
The subjects benefit from mains electricity, water and drainage. LPG Gas for cooking. The main house benefits from oil-fired central heating and underfloor heating on the ground floor and radiators on the first floor. The Granary benefits from electric heating. All accommodation units are mainly double glazed.