Distant Hills is an established and successful business which has been run by the current owners since 2006. Built in 1965, this guest house is set in a tranquil location with views to the distant hills (the Grey Corries). This award winning guest house enjoys an excellent reputation which sees some 15% of guests returning year on year. New business is generated from the business’s own website, various tour and walking companies, the Jacobite Steam train website, the Fort William Area Marketing Group, Visit Scotland and Booking.com as required. The owners pride themselves on offering a quality establishment with an eye for detail and this is reflected in the excellent service their guests enjoy. Currently holding an AA 4-Star Gold Award, Distant Hills is also rated on TripAdvisor as “Excellent” and 9.3 on Booking.com.
Business is generated from the letting of seven en-suite bedrooms, on a bed and breakfast basis, which are all positioned on the ground floor. The letting bedrooms are supported by spacious and functional guest facilities; this includes a characterful guest lounge with living flame fire, and patio doors to the garden. There is a stylish breakfast room, set to seven tables, with buffet table and direct access to the kitchen. Throughout, the guest facilities are well-presented and the current owners take pride in the level of service they provide. The current owners initially provided an evening meal service when they commenced trading, but decided to concentrate on providing quality accommodation and ceased this. This is an area new owners may wish to reinstate. The business is operated by the owners themselves without the need for any staff and has been an enjoyable and lucrative lifestyle.
A very attractive aspect of the sale is the private and self-contained owner’s accommodation. Accessed from both the main guest house and also a private external door, the owner’s accommodation includes two large en-suite bedrooms, a lounge with patio doors to the private gardens, as well as a dining area and kitchen space.
REASON FOR SALE
The owners have enjoyed their time at Distant Hills Guest House, having invested in the business resulting in the four star gold grading the guest house benefits from today. They have placed this opportunity on the market, as they wish to concentrate on family and retire from the hospitality sector.
Distant Hills is very well presented both internally and externally. It appeals to a wide range of clientele from the huge influx of tourists who visit the Great Glen from Easter through until October, hill walkers, steam railway enthusiasts, Harry Potter fans, mountain bikers and wildlife enthusiasts. The Guest House benefits from a well-designed website and in addition receives excellent reviews on various websites and Google.The business generates a sound turnover just under the VAT threshold producing a high level of adjusted profitability (c£36,000 2017) There is an element of income being generated by feed-in tariffs which should run until 2036.
The area around Spean Bridge is renowned for its outdoor activities including walking and climbing in the summer months with skiing and ice-climbing being popular in the winter. For walkers the range of terrain provides a great variety in the level of challenge from non-technical hill-walking to more strenuous mountaineering. There are numerous mountains in this area, located within easy reach, Ben Nevis, the Munros and Corbetts and two long distance walks the Great Glen Way and the East Highland Way. This generates a good deal of trade for the accommodation providers in the area. Numerous national and international sporting events occur in the area throughout the year bringing even more visitors.
For mountain bikers there are plenty of demanding venues, both at Nevis Range which is close by, as well as Laggan Wolftrax. In addition to the usual car touring holiday makers this property is well located for the world famous Jacobite Steam train which operates twice daily from May to October carrying up to 600 passengers per day. This train travels over the Glenfinnan viaduct featured in the Harry Potter movies and brings many fans of the films to this area. Spean Bridge is also an ideal stop-over point for travellers to Skye, the North Coast 500 and the outer isles including Lewis and Harris.
The village itself has a number of facilities including visitor attractions, 9 hole golf course, shops and restaurants within walking distance of the guest house. The area has an abundance of wildlife, attracting ornithologists and naturalists with red deer, pine marten, otter, osprey, red squirrels, elusive golden eagles and rare butterflies helping to attract visitors.
Modern bungalow of standard construction under a pitched tiled roof. Bungalow in design, with an extension in 1990 providing the owners accommodation which is a 1 and a half storey extension to the rear.
Distant Hills offers seven individually designed comfortable and stylish bedrooms with en-suite shower rooms. There is a choice of double or twin bedded rooms all on ground floor level. The majority of the rooms have a view of the garden or the burn (stream). All rooms are furnished with contemporary quality furniture and are equipped with flat screen televisions with built-in DVD players. The rooms benefit from 24 hour individually controlled heating, and three of the shower rooms also have underfloor heating installed. Rooms include, designer dualit kettles, salon style hairdryers, and a complimentary welcome tray.
OWNERS / STAFF ACCOMMODATION
An attractive feature of this property is the private and enclosed owner’s accommodation.
Accessed both internally from the guest house and via its own private entrance, the accommodation is arranged over two levels. A small corridor leads to a ground floor bedroom with en-suite shower room, a staircase leads to the first floor where a second bedroom and bathroom are located.
On the ground floor at the bottom of the stairs, a step leads down into the dining area / kitchen space with large larder cupboard and sink, and then into the owners lounge with patio doors leading to the garden. This area of the garden is enclosed and separate from the guest house grounds. This is a large area with two patios, 14 square metre brick base greenhouse, 3 wooden sheds, generous garden and a chicken coup.
An attractive feature of the sale is the grounds. To the front aspects there is ample parking on a gravel driveway which has lit parking bays. The rear and side gardens of the guest house are beautifully manicured, and have a small stream running through, this is a lovely area for guests to enjoy, and is low maintenance. The other half of the rear grounds are retained for owners use. This is a generous area which includes a chicken coup and fresh eggs are presented to guests from the lively hens. Externally there is ample storage, incorporating a laundry area, with washing machines and tumble drier, plus a large covered drying area.
The subjects benefit from mains electricity and water. Heating is by means of electric storage and panel heaters which are individually controlled, there is some underfloor heating and the property is mainly double glazed. The Guest House has private drainage services. With an integral fire alarm, the property is fully compliant with legislation. Wi-Fi is available throughout. There are 16 solar photovoltaic panels with a net capacity of 3.92KW providing electricity and benefitting from a feed in tariff, resulting in minimal fuel costs, aided by high levels of loft insulation.