Corriness House and Cottages offers a rare opportunity to own a prestigious property within an idyllic part of the Scottish Highlands on the beautiful West Coast. The property is both an attractive and substantial late Victorian property with modern additions, enjoying a most prominent trading location on the North Coast 500 tourist route. The business offers 3 main elements which include a traditional stone-built 6-bedroom house all en-suite, a very modern 3-bedroom holiday house (Corriness Cottage) and a 1-bedroom holiday let (The Bothy). It is self-evident that the properties have been renovated to an exceptionally high standard by the current vendors, providing an excellent level of service and facilities to its guests.
This attractive multi-income stream business has an established trading pattern of regular and repeat visitors plus a number of business to business contracts. Such is the situation and stature of the premise that it is easy to locate for both those who have booked via the internet and the casual passer-by seeking accommodation. The owners, after a great deal of internal investment, now present this charming property in pristine condition and in true walk-in condition. Their attention to detail in each and every aspect of the business operation that has generated a strong and growing reputation. The 5 excellent en-suite letting rooms are beautifully furnished and finished to a laudable standard. In addition, the house has outstanding service facilities and spacious owner’s accommodation which combine to make this a highly desirable property. The addition of the holiday lets provides either for an extended family operation or a more commercial trading entity.
REASON FOR SALE
The present owners purchased Corriness House in 2005 and have enjoyed developing this business reaping the rewards of a successful lifestyle operation. It is their desire to retire that brings this excellent home and income opportunity to the market.
The business is currently operated on a seasonal basis with the bulk of the trade being undertaken in the April – October period. Demand for accommodation in the high-season is strong resulting in high levels of occupancy. The business trades 5 letting bedrooms and two holiday cottage lets with trade being generated through the business website plus the utilisation of portal websites. Trading on a serviced accommodation and bed and breakfast basis only, this easy-to-operate business is situated in a beautiful area being popular with the many tourists who visit the West Coast.
The business trades to a sound level but new owners could drive trade further as the vendors trade with a fairly relaxed manner. New owners who wished to provide evening meals could easily increase profitability to beyond the current levels.
The west coast of Scotland is known for its mild climate and the unspoilt countryside and traditional communities make this area popular with those seeking a change of lifestyle. The surrounds of Poolewe and nearby countryside which include the Torridon Mountains, still offer some of the finest field sports in Scotland as they have historically, particularly for trout / salmon fishing and deer stalking. The coast is famous for its sailing, while inland, mountains and moorlands offer spectacular scenery, hill walking and climbing. Nearby is the National Trust for Scotland Inverewe Gardens, a 50-acre garden of specimen plants.
The stunning coastline with sheltered sandy beaches and island views, plus spectacular countryside and rugged mountains are a major draw to visitors, making the area highly popular with those seeking a relaxing holiday in the Scottish Highlands. Such are these enduring attributes that area around Poolewe enjoys, generating a loyal client base and a high level of repeat bookings.
Poolewe benefits from a shop / post office, with a community that is friendly and welcoming. There is a primary school and secondary schooling is available in Gairloch about 5 miles away with a free bus service for children to and from school. Further shops and amenities are available in Ullapool and Dingwall. Inverness, just over an hour away, has all the facilities of a major city including its airport with regular flights to the south and Europe.
Of traditional build, Corriness House is a substantial, detached late Victorian property built around 1910. Of mainly stone construction under a pitched slate roof, the accommodation is laid out across two floors. A stone wall surrounds the front aspects of the subjects and access is gained from the ample gravel car park to the front via a wrought iron gate guarded by 2 stone lions along a slab pathway. Through the solid outer door is a vestibule with original floor tiling reflecting the properties Victorian origins. Through a glazed inner door is a most attractive hallway giving rise to an immediate feeling of quality and comfort. Throughout the property all areas are well presented and maintained to a high standard, and fully double glazed.
From the hallway to the left is the bright and spacious dining room with a feature fire place with a tiled surround. The room has a large picture window allowing in ample natural light. Set to 10 covers and laid out to free-standing dining tables and chairs the room boast ample character with its high skirting boards, decorative cornicing plus high ceilings. Throughout, the property is most tastefully decorated in keeping with a period property of this nature. Off the hallway on the ground floor is letting bedroom 5 bedroom which is ideally suited for use by less able guests. Stairs lead to the 4 remaining letting bedrooms which are on the first floor.
In total the guest house has 5 excellently appointed bedrooms. All rooms are presented with TV, hair dryer and full hospitality trays. Letting bedrooms are presented to an exceptionally high standard, with modern en-suites and are presently configured as follows:
Room 1 - Double room with en-suite shower room.
Room 2 - Family room set to a double and a single bed with en-suite shower room.
Room 3 - Twin room with en-suite bath room with shower over bath.
Room 4 - Double room with en-suite bath room with shower over bath.
Room 5 - Double room with en-suite shower room on the ground floor.
PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION / SERVICE AREAS
The owner’s private accommodation is situated mainly on the ground floor with a double en-suite bedroom on the first floor. There would be scope to trade all 6 en-suite rooms and utilise The Bothy as owner’s accommodation if required. The ground floor elements consists of a spacious lounge with private dining room. The lounge has a feature fire place and has a large picture window to the front with an access door to the main hallway offering a swift response to the greeting of guests. From the dining room there is an access to an inner hallway where there is a spacious office, utility room and private W.C. In addition, there is a large dining kitchen that is spacious and modern with a Raeburn Stove plus an additional LPG gas cooker. There are ample wall mounted and base units, offering extensive work surfaces. There is a separate dry goods store. The private accommodation can be accessed privately via external back door as well as from the main hallway.
Corriness Cottage is a quality 3-bedroom property built by the vendors in 2015. This beautifully appointed property has the ability to be either a wonderful and private family home or traded as a self-catering unit. Entry to the property is via a UPVC door which leads into a spacious hallway which has cloak cupboards. Off the hallway is the large and spacious open plan lounge / diner / kitchen which is configured to an ‘L’ shape. This attractive dining space has French doors leading directly to the enclosed garden. The lounge is set to sofa furnishings and the dining room has a 6-seater table. The kitchen has modern and attractive units with extraction unit, oven and hob plus ample floor and wall mounted units.
Corriness Cottage has 3 bedrooms. Two are situated on the first floor and have attractive en-suite shower rooms. The third bedroom is on the ground floor benefitting from fitted wardrobes and is situated across from a spacious family bathroom with a shower over bath.
To the rear aspects of the main house, the bothy is a recently converted stable which is now presenting a most charming one-bedroom holiday cottage. The property is set to an open plan kitchen, dining area and lounge. The kitchen is a galley type unit but is exceptionally well-appointed with modern units. The lounge has the benefit of a wood-burning stove. Off the lounge is a large shower room. Stairs lead to an open twin bedroom area.
The main frontage of the property has extensive parking for guests with additional parking to the rear. The property has an easy to locate and prominent roadside situation with good signage. There are mature gardens to the front of the main house which is bounded by a stone wall; grounds are laid to a well cultivated range of plants, shrubs and lawn. A private fenced-off garden area is situated to the rear of the property and is mainly laid to lawn. Adjacent to this area is a large shed providing storage and workshop facilities. Corriness Cottage has a large garage which provides a secure lock-up for bikes etc. There is also a separate laundry building.
The property benefits from mains electricity, water and drainage. Corriness House Guest House is fully compliant with extant fire regulations. The house has oil-fired central heating. LPG gas is used for cooking. All accommodation units benefit from double glazing.