The Loch Ness Lodge Hotel is a privately owned 3-Star rated hotel situated in the picturesque village of Drumnadrochit, a long side one of the most famous stretches of water in the world 'Loch Ness' and is set within 10 acres of established woodland. This delightful Highland property dates back to 1740 and was first extended in the 1960s to form a coaching hotel and has been run as a hotel ever since. The hotel is open during the summer and autumn months and its charming elevated location boasts beautiful views of both the village and the surrounding area. Owned and operated by the current owners for 34 years the site has expanded to reflect the successful business it is today.
Deceptively spacious, the hotel is a substantial property with a large footprint. All rooms within the hotel are of a good size and all are en-suite, offering baths with shower over in each room. 10 rooms are situated on the ground floor, 34 on the first floor and 6 on the second floor. The Piobrach Bar and Grill is an area full of character and some Jacobite influences. Set to a selection of comfortable sofas and dining tables and chairs, this bar and restaurant offers a la carte dining for up to 30 covers. The main dining room seats 100 guests ideal for larger groups, functions and coach parties. Presently, no lunch service is offered in the hotel. The presentation of the business and décor throughout is of a good standard.
The business generates a sound turnover being drawn from the three main income streams of food, accommodation and beverage sales. Trading profitably from 50 quality en-suite letting bedrooms business comes from coaching contracts which are already in place for 2018 with enquiries for 2019 well underway. Other bookings are generated by the hotels own website as well as various sites such as booking.com, hotelier automatic booking system etc. The hotel is perfectly placed on The Great Glen Way and this generates business from walkers, cyclists etc. Breakfasts and dinners are provided but no lunch service is offered at present. The Piobrach Bar and Restaurant caters for both residents and non-residents, and both the food and bar trade adds significantly to the turnover of the hotel. Coaches frequent the area and The Loch Ness Lodge Hotel is well established as a provider to various touring companies. Coach guests stay on a dinner bed and breakfast basis. There is undoubtedly scope to increase the turnover of the business by opening year-round and providing a broader food service.
Located at the head of Urquhart Bay on the northern shores of Loch Ness, the lovely village of Drumnadrochit is popular with Loch Ness monster hunters hoping for a glimpse of “Nessie” and is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK. Both explore the history of the Loch and the legend showing a documentary about the sightings of the monster throughout the ages. Drumnadrochit is also a great location for exploring the Highlands. The village is surrounded by the glens, Glen Urquhart and Glen Moriston, as well as the Great Glen which reaches across from Inverness in the east to Fort William in the west. The area is rich in things to see and do with activities ranging from exploring Urquhart Castle, a classic romantic ruin jutting out into the loch, horse riding, cycling, cruising the length of Loch Ness and fishing trips.
With its stunning views and untouched landscapes, this impressive stretch of water is 23 miles long and over 700 ft at its deepest, making it Scotland’s largest loch in terms of volume. Loch Ness is ideal for walking and hiking and is also the site for the annual Baxters Loch Ness Marathon. The city of Inverness is only 14 miles away and offers many attractions ranging from the Bronze Age Clava Cairns to Culloden Battlefield, site of the final, fateful clash of the Jacobite Risings. Inverness itself is a vibrant and growing City and with such expansion comes many opportunities in both commerce and social activities. Such growth benefits established hospitality businesses and ensures a year-round trade.
From the car park entrance to the property is via double wood paneled doors which open into a reception hallway with attractive tartan carpeting throughout. The reception desk is to the right and to the left is a large and comfortable resident’s lounge with traditional fireplace and soft seating. Entry is gained from the lounge through to the bar and restaurant. The Piobrach bar has a historical feel with beamed ceilings, exposed stonework, rustic iron work chandeliers large open fire and a wooden mezzanine balcony. Dual access to the toilet facilities is granted from both this area and also from the reception. Entry to the dining room is from behind the reception desk. This room enjoys views to the garden from floor to ceiling windows and direct access to the kitchen. A short flight of stairs leads to the hallway and access to the rooms which are located in three main areas. The hotel boasts 15 en-suite double bedrooms, 2 triple en-suite bedrooms, 29 en-suite twin bedrooms and 4 en-suite family rooms. Included within these rooms are the Glenurquhart Suite and a honeymoon suite. All rooms offer hospitality trays, hairdryers and flat screen televisions.
There is a detached four bedroom, three bathroom property, suitable for owner operators or management, set in the grounds with a private all-weather walkway entrance. This accommodation comprises living area, dining room plus a 30ft long conservatory, with a private and enclosed garden. There are three private garages. There are also 8 bedrooms within the hotel set aside for staff use and with private facilities; two rooms to sleep 2, four rooms to sleep 1 and two rooms to sleep 4.
There is a large double office located behind the reception desk area which is well equipped.
The hotel has a large kitchen with full commercial catering capability and a fully vented extraction system. There is a wash-up area with commercial dish-wash system, still room and well laid out prep areas. The beer cellar and spirit store are conveniently located. The business has more than adequate storage facilities. Wi-Fi is available in public areas.
Mains electricity, water supply and drainage. Oil fired central heating from three boilers, in main hotel and in corridors, letting rooms have electric heating. LPG gas for cooking.