• A compact and well-established modern detached property trading on a bed and breakfast basis, benefitting from year-round trade in capital of the Highlands.
• Easy-to-operate income opportunity within a prominent trading location, adjacent to the centre of Inverness, currently trading 3 well-appointed en-suite letting bedrooms.
• Home and lifestyle business with 2 owners' double bedrooms (master en-suite) and private facilities plus a spacious lounge.
• The property has spacious private gardens to the rear laid to patio, plus a driveway and garage.
• The business is currently leased out and therefore the vendor cannot provide turnover figures.
Sandy's Bed and Breakfast is a modern property presented in generally excellent condition and ready to trade. Situated in the heart of Inverness, this attractive building benefits from an excellent trading location just a few minutes' walk to the City centre. This detached, compact and smart trading entity is in a prominent trading location and benefits from quality signage. The business is located in an area of the City which supports many holiday accommodation operations. A spacious and attractive property with a contemporary design, it benefits from a spacious garden to the rear. Operating presently on a bed and breakfast basis, Sandy's is arranged to provide quality accommodation extending to 3 en-suite letting bedrooms. In addition, the private living areas for the owners extend to include two modern double bedrooms (master en-suite), a large lounge and a family bathroom. This is a well-established business model, however due to being leased out by the vendor, no trading figures are available. This proposition would be an outstanding venture for a couple where one person was working external to the business. Sandy's Bed and Breakfast can therefore provide a home and income for new owners.
Reason for sale
The vendor purchased 3 Harrowden Road in 2013. It is due to his desire to reduce his property portfolio that brings this excellent, easy-to-operate bed and breakfast business opportunity onto the market.
The business generates its income from a traditional bed and breakfast offering but new owners could easily provide a 'room only service' which is becoming more fashionable. The lack of breakfast provision would make this an easy-to-operate venture. Even with just the three bedrooms plus a breakfast provision, this is a fairly simple business operation. Thus, making it an appealing business for owners with other employment streams or a family looking for a simpler life-style operation. Sandy's Bed and Breakfast is set within a popular location where other accommodation ventures currently operate. The present trading regime utilises a number of portal websites such as to generate custom. Due to the business being leased, the vendor cannot provide any trading figures.
Inverness is a highly popular tourist destination with many repeat visitors and as such the business should be able to generate a sound income level. Turnover is also generated from business to business activity. As the Capital of the Highlands, within Inverness there is historically a shortage of letting accommodation during the height of the tourist season and therefore income levels should be reasonably assured. The business does not have its own website and this presents a business development opportunity, especially where an automated booking system, such as freetobook is utilised.
Sandy's Bed and Breakfast is ideally situated centrally to Inverness city centre, highly convenient for guests wishing to walk to nearby shops, restaurants etc. The business is close to the River Ness offering some excellent outings to Ness Islands across the attractive footbridge. Inverness has extensive facilities for visitors boasting two golf courses, an excellent indoor swimming complex, cinema, bowling and ample opportunity to enjoy evening entertainment at a range of venues which include Eden Court Theatre. Nearby Cawdor Castle offers a taste of Scotland's medieval past while Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre is an ongoing testament to Bonnie Prince Charlie's final futile attempt to gain the throne in 1746. Whether it be a Whisky Trail, a boat trip on Loch Ness or a visit to one of the many accessible Scottish castles (including Inverness Castle), the property offers an ideal base, being within easy reach of a wide range of visitor attractions. Inverness is also the start and finish point of the North Coast 500 which draws in a number of visitors to the City. Inverness is also at the northerly end of the Great Glen Way. Benefitting from much expansion over the past few years, Inverness has a full range of social and welfare facilities associated with a modern city. The house is within walking distance to both primary and secondary schools.
Sandy's Bed and Breakfast is an attractive detached 1½-storey building. Of modern construction under a pitched tile roof, the property is presented in generally very good condition. The level of fixtures and fittings are of a high standard. Access to the property is via a street level UPVC door which is accessed from the side aspects.
Hallway. A compact hallway leads to the dining area and thereafter all other ground floor rooms. Stairs provide access to the 3 letting bedrooms on the first floor.
Kitchen / Dining Room. This area has a unique and tasteful feel. An attractive space is set to 3 tables for breakfast and is open-plan to the kitchen area. Set off the dining area, is a spacious modern kitchen which has ample wall and floor mounted storage units plus a wide range of modern facilities including double oven with hob, dish washer, washing machine, fridge etc. There is a small breakfast bar with two stools. A door leads to the rear hallway and the owner's bedrooms. A further door leads to the garage. Off the dining area a glazed door leads to the lounge.
Owner's Lounge Set to the front aspects this spacious lounge offers double aspect windows and an attractive fire place.
Rear Hallway. Leading to the owner's accommodation of family bathroom, master bedroom and double bedroom.
Owner's Master Bedroom. A double en-suite bedroom with ample storage set to the rear aspects overlooking the rear garden.
Owner's Double Bedroom. Also overlooking the rear aspects, a further double bedroom.
Owner's Family Bathroom. With tiled walls and fitted to include a bath with shower over and a white suite of WC and wash hand basin.
Letting Bedroom 1. This double bedroom is well-appointed and has a modern en-suite shower unit.
Letting Bedroom 2. A family bedroom set to a double and a single bed with en-suite shower room with WC and wash hand basin.
Letting Bedroom 3. This comfortable and stylish family bedroom to sleep 3 and benefits from an en-suite shower room.
Private accommodation / service areas
The owner's accommodation is set to the rear of the property and includes the two bedrooms, the kitchen and the family bathroom as listed above.
The frontage of the building has direct access to street level with a small walled garden to the front aspects. The house has a driveway allowing off road parking for one car. There is a garage which is currently used as a recreational area. To the rear of the business is a decent size family garden, laid to block paving and patio slabs, providing an easy to maintain attractive amenity space. Parking permits for the main road can be obtained from the local council and there is a public parking area adjacent to the property.
The property benefits from mains electricity, water, gas and drainage. Central heating and hot water are gas-fired. The building is fully double glazed. The business is fire safety compliant.