- Award winning 4-Star (STB) Victorian villa with spectacular views across Oban Bay to Mull.
- Positioned on an elevated and prominent trading location in the popular tourist town of Oban.
- Trading 5 letting bedrooms seasonally just below the VAT threshold.
- A charming property providing an easy to operate “home and income” lifestyle opportunity with sound profitability.
- Spacious ground floor private owners’ accommodation comprising of 3 bedrooms, lounge, kitchen and bathroom.
- Beautiful grounds to the front and private patio area to the rear of the property.
The Old Manse Guest House is a beautifully restored, detached Victorian Villa located on an elevated position with stunning views across Oban Bay to Mull. The business trades successfully on a seasonal bed and breakfast basis just below the VAT threshold. The development of year-round trading would enable new owners the capacity to trade above the VAT threshold.
The property is currently trading with a 4-Star STB rating. The business was presented with The Lonely Planet 'Must Visit' Accommodation award in 2018, chosen out of all the hotels, B&B’s and guest houses in Oban. This well-maintained property which is presented in excellent condition, combined with exceptional trading prospects, represents a truly superb business opportunity.
Generous owner’s accommodation is located on the ground floor with private access and includes a spacious lounge overlooking the harbour, a generous kitchen area ideally equipped for business and personal use, a family bathroom, 2 bedrooms and a study which are located to the rear of the property. There is a private patio to the rear and attractive gardens. In addition a ground floor king bed with large en-suite bathroom is currently utilised by the owners for the majority of the year but can also be utilised as a guest room depending on owner’s requirements.
A further five beautifully appointed guest room are on the first floor; two of which can be adjoined to form a family / multiple occupancy suite.
REASON FOR SALE
Purchased by the current owners in 2001, it is their desire to relocate closer to family that brings this property to the market.
The property is conveniently located in Oban the ‘Seafood Capital of Scotland’, just off the main road when entering the town via the A85, a five-minute walk from the harbour and Main Street.
With approximately 8,000 residents, Oban is one of the most popular tourist destinations within the west coast of Scotland hosting up to 25,000 people during the tourist season and boasting a magnificent sandy beach known as 'Ganavan sands'.
The town of Oban offers a full range of amenities including offices, businesses, leisure facilities, schools, medical facilities, hospital, 3 dentists and vets plus a wide range of retail options which means it is easy to obtain guest house supplies. There is a brand new high school which opened in August 2018 plus 5 primary schools in the area. Rich with attractions including dramatic scenery over the coast and mountains as well as Oban’s famous distillery with regular ferry trips from the town centre harbor to the surrounding islands including Mull and Iona. This makes it an ideal hub for tourists looking to explore the western isles.
Oban's proximity to the mountains and the sea means that a wide range of sports are available to visitors and locals. The town is fast becoming the yachting, kayaking and cruising capital of the west coast, a new harbour and pontoon area opened in 2018 to attract more yachts and cruise ships into the bay.
Situated within a prominent trading position, the property is an attractive detached Victorian villa dating back to 1865 set within well maintained spacious grounds. Set over two floors the property is of stone construction with slate roofing and includes six well-appointed, beautifully decorated letting bedrooms, five of which have en-suite facilities. An attractive aspect of this property is the private spacious owners’ accommodation which is located on the ground floor.
PUBLIC AREAS/ LETTING BEDROOMS
Guest access to the property is through the front door where it is clear from the outset that the quality of décor and fittings within this business is to a remarkable standard.
Within the property is the dining room which is located off the reception hallway with large windows offering fantastic views of the landscaped garden and the surrounding scenery. The spacious dining room is well-appointed with traditional décor and has the facilities to cater for all residents simultaneously during breakfast and evening meals.
The Old Manse currently trades 5 modern and well-appointed letting bedrooms configured as follows:
Room 2 – Double en-suite
Room 3 – Double en-suite
Room 4 – Double with en-suite bath
Room 5 – Twin
Room 6 – Double with en-suite bath
Rooms 5 and 6 are adjoining and can therefore be let out as a large family suite if desired.
All front facing rooms benefit from scenic views over Oban Bay. All rooms have excellent facilities including television, alarm clocks, plus tea/coffee hospitality trays. The rooms are presented to a high standard and pleasantly furnished with modern decor.
SERVICE AREAS / PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION
The vendors have a spacious suite of rooms to the rear of the property providing comfort and privacy to a high standard, as well as a large double room to the front with ensuite bathroom. Within the private accommodation there is a large lounge conveniently positioned off the reception hallway overlooking Oban bay. The well-equipped kitchen is conveniently located close to the dining room. This well-appointed area provides ample space for cooking, storage and food preparation with oven and dishwasher and dual microwaves allowing breakfast to be served with ease. Access to the remainder of the owners’ accommodation is gained via the kitchen which opens into the first double bedroom which in turn leads off directly to the second double room. To the rear of the private accommodation is a compact hallway which leads off to the family bathroom and study.
The Old Manse is a substantial Victorian Villa property benefitting from a well-positioned trading location. The property is well sign posted from the road and the grounds are maintained to an exceptional standard throughout. There are car parking facilities within the grounds to the rear of the property as well as on street parking available if required. The area to the front of the property is set on an elevated position with grass lawn and shrubs scattered throughout, with several seating areas to the front of the property overlooking Oban town. A path leads down the garden onto the main road with the town centre only a five-minute walk away. To the rear of the property there is a private spacious south facing patio area with outdoor seating facilities for the owners, accessible via the back door.
The property benefits from mains electricity and water with private drainage. The boiler and central heating is mains gas. The property is mainly double glazed.
The present trading pattern provides a most comfortable family home and lifestyle with four weeks taken for holiday’s peak season as well as four months close in the winter. Due to the personal preferences of the vendors’, trade has been restricted to eight months a year. The current owners choose trade to just below the VAT threshold but the opportunity exists to expand this by increasing opening time or utilising the ground floor king en-suite bedroom. Full trading figures will be made available to interested parties subsequent to viewing.