- An outstanding example of a modern and excellently presented 4-Star gold VisitScotland bed and breakfast with stunning views to the North face of Ben Nevis.
- Situated close to Fort William within the Great Glen, offering an excellent trading location in a small hamlet.
- Uncomplicated “home and income” lifestyle business opportunity, enjoying seasonal trade through choice, with sound profitability.
- Includes 5 most attractive en-suite letting bedrooms and stylish public rooms.
- Attractive and spacious owner’s accommodation including 2 bedrooms (master en-suite) and large lounge.
- Well-maintained garden grounds with excellent amenity space, ample parking plus double garage.
Torlundy House is a most attractive property enjoying a charming position with views to Ben Nevis and the surrounding countryside. This is truly a must view property for anyone wishing to own a prestigious business with superlative views, presenting an outstanding home and income venture. The owners take great pride in presenting their charming property to guests, ensuring they receive a particularly warm and friendly welcome.
The vendors have significantly upgraded and improved the property to a creditable standard providing a truly walk-in business opportunity and reflecting the 4-Star VisitScotland gold award. The level of amenity space, both internally and externally, makes this an excellent family home as well as a strong business. The 5 en-suite letting bedrooms are presented to an exceptional standard, albeit the current operation trades only 4 rooms through choice. The property offers spacious and flexible owners’ accommodation and could be configured to support an extended family operation. Set within around 0.5 of an acre, the subjects are in a semi-rural setting within a small community.
Trading from an exceptionally tranquil location, the business operates as a quality 4-Star gold VisitScotland bed and breakfast providing an enviable level of service and facilities as noted on several review sites. The business is only 3 miles from Fort William, the outdoor capital of the UK. The letting bedrooms are all spacious and well-appointed, easily justifying the grading awarded. Torlundy House has established itself as a popular business resulting in a constant stream of regular trade with many repeat visitors who have used the services of this excellent business over many years. Trading from March to October, the present operators have worked tirelessly and closely with other local hospitality specialists and the general business community, building a strong reputation.
The business has 5 excellent letting bedrooms but currently only trades 4 through choice. Torlundy House generates trade from the many holiday makers who visit Fort William and the surrounding areas. Tourism, a key driver of trade, includes the many guests who play golf, fish, undertake walking and climbing holidays, enjoying both road and mountain biking or partake in a more sedate excursion of the Highlands, taking in the many sites and historical features. A significant source of income is the Great Glen Way walking and cycling route plus the bed and breakfast is a preferred accommodation provider for a number of tour operators. Currently, the owners mainly only utilise commission-based portal websites during the shoulder months within the main trading season (May – Sep) being fully booked via the businesses excellent website and booking platform (freetobook).
The business operates below the VAT threshold and provides a good level of profitability. However, there remains some scope for new owners to develop trade further should they so desire by operating year-round and utilising greater web-based sites. There is also scope for new owners to offer evening meals where they have a penchant for cooking.
The location and stature of the building is such that it is easy to locate for those who have booked via the internet. The business is well-signposted and is supported by a well-structured website (www.torlundy.co.uk) which highlights a range of other professional associations and accolades. Forward bookings for the 2019 summer season are looking very positive, providing a basis for sustainable income going forward.
From a strong trading location just off the busy A82, the business is 3 miles from Fort William and 6.5 miles from Spean Bridge, Torlundy House is well located in a sustainable and attractive setting. Fort William is recognised as the “Outdoor Capital of the UK” and with rugged mountains and deep-sea lochs, the area hosts some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery and with it a host of birds and wildlife. Miles of unspoilt countryside provides terrain to please walkers and climbers of all aptitudes. Sailing, water sports, coastal cruising and fishing are all available locally. Field sports and mountain biking are other popular pursuits and the proximity to Nevis Range adds skiing to the list. The popularity of the area for winter sports complements summer tourism to drive strong levels of trade. Fort William has a wide range of social amenities including schools, medical facilities, shops, financial services, recreational amenities etc. The A82 is the arterial route which goes to Inverness in the north and Glasgow in the south. Fort William has a rail and bus station.
REASON FOR SALE
The vendors purchased this charming property in November 2011 and have done much to enhance the interior aspect and the infrastructure. The owners have now decided to retire and relocate, hence bringing this desirable property to the market.
Of modern construction, built in 1992, Torlundy House is a substantial detached villa, of block construction under a pitched tiled roof. The property is deceptively spacious with accommodation being laid out across two floors, benefitting from double glazing throughout. The property has been extensively upgraded and tastefully decorated by the present owners. In particular, the vendors have upgraded the electrics and installed LED lighting throughout. The fire alarm system was also recently installed. The business has the benefit of a CCTV system with external coverage and to the reception hall.
Entry to the property is via a substantial outer door which leads into a vestibule and thereafter through an inner door is a spacious reception hallway. The hallway exudes the character and charm so well reflected throughout the property but of note is the high quality of décor and fixtures and fittings. To the left of the hallway is the bright and commodious guest lounge which is set to soft furnishings. The lounge has a brick feature fireplace and is bright and airy with windows to the front plus 2 glazed doors leading to the dining room. The dining room has engineered oak floors, set to 4 tables and features attractive furnishing; it is also accessed from the main hallway. There is ample capacity for a 5th table should new owners decide to trade the full 5 letting bedrooms. The dining room offers excellent views of the North face of Ben Nevis. Off the hall are two storage cupboards. There is also a ground floor W.C.
In total the business has 5 superior en-suite bedrooms. Bedroom 1, located off the main hallway, is currently used as an office. All bedrooms benefit from modern en-suite facilities. Each room is equipped with tea & coffee making facilities, Freeview television and DVD player, USB charging outlet, hairdryers etc. All rooms are presented to an exceptionally high standard. The bedrooms are configured as follows:
Bedroom 1 - Single with en-suite shower room (presently used as an office)
Bedroom 2 - King-size double with en-suite shower room
Bedroom 3 - King-size double with en-suite shower room and fitted double wardrobes
Bedroom 4 - King-size double with en-suite shower room and fitted double wardrobes
Bedroom 5 - Double / super-king (zip and link beds) with en-suite bathroom and shower over bath
The owners retain a suite of rooms on the first floor to include a small double bedroom, a further large double bedroom with a spacious en-suite fitted with a corner bath, separate shower and white units. The master bedroom has fitted wardrobes and there are additional storage units off the main hallway. In addition, there is a large lounge with a picture window offering attractive views. The kitchen is situated on the ground floor off the main hallway. This large kitchen / dining room has modern wall and floor units. The high quality fixtures and fittings include an induction hob, 2 ovens, warming cupboards and an extraction to the outside. There is a utility room fitted with 2 washing machines and a dryer; there are 2 further dryers outside in the garage.
With excellent signage, Torlundy House is a substantial property set within about 0.5 of an acre. Benefitting from a prominent location within a small community, in a highly attractive setting, to the fore of the property is a communal area of open land which means that further development is impossible thereby maintaining the integrity of the site. Large areas of the subjects are mainly laid to gravel with areas of lawn being designed for ease of maintenance. The main frontage of the building is accessed from the customer parking area which has 5 marked parking bays. The front garden aspects are laid to lawn with a small walled frontage and a large gate. To the rear aspects there is further private parking with a raised area of garden grounds set to shrubs and trees. The rear aspects retain their privacy with a further inner gate. There is a large double garage which benefits from electric lighting and power points plus a water supply.
The property benefits from mains electricity, water and drainage. The kitchen has an induction hob and electric oven. Central heating and hot water are oil fired; the boiler was newly installed in 2015. The business complies with environmental health requirements and has a modern fire alarm system. The property has high-speed Wi-Fi throughout and 4G reception. There is a CCTV system for both external and internal use.