- Attractive Store and Post Office within a large category 'C' listed building in the charming village of Bellabeg, set amongst stunning countryside in the Highlands.
- Superb roadside trading location within a highly desirable scenic setting generating a brisk trade from the sale of a wide range of convenience goods.
- Ground floor of the shop extends to circa 110m2 with a spacious first floor storage area of c55m2 plus additional extensive external storage (c46m2).
- Includes excellent and spacious 6-bedroom owners' accommodation (master en-suite) which has been renovated in recent years blending modern facilities with original Victorian features.
- Spacious private garden grounds and ample amenity space extending to c0.3 of an acre including a steading development opportunity subject to necessary consents.
The Spar Shop and Post Office, Bellabeg, is an attractive property in a stunning roadside location within a rural village setting. Set in the heart of the village, the original subjects date back to the late 1800s. Internally the shop, which extends to 110m2, contains large refrigerated and freezer storage cabinets and a range of flexible and free-standing fittings which display products to customers. A spacious sales point with cigarette counter and till is located to the front of the store which provides an ergonomic focal point for serving customers efficiently. Ample overspill stock facilities are located behind the main counter and to the first floor. There is also an external outbuilding where bulk pet food supplies are held, and houses a local information centre.
An attractive feature of this extensive property is the 6-bedroom owner's accommodation which adjoins the business and is partially set above the shop. Seldom does a property of this magnitude come to the market offering such a substantial home and business combined. In recent years the owner's accommodation has benefitted from significant investment bringing it up to its current high standard. The excellent accommodation blends high standard modern facilities with its period features to include superb cornicing, ceiling roses and high skirting boards. The house comprises 6 bedrooms, a large family lounge with wood-burning stove, dining room with exposed fireplace, a modern and spacious kitchen / diner plus other utilitarian areas. This spacious home provides excellent accommodation with tremendous flexibility, ideal for an extended family. In addition, the house could be used as a further income earning aspect, through the letting of bedrooms. The owners currently let out 1 bedroom on a leisurely basis, however there is certainly scope to increase this income stream by letting further rooms. There is also a steading building within the grounds that offers some further development as either family accommodation or a holiday letting unit. All these aspects combine to make this a fabulous home and business opportunity.OPENING HOURSThe business trades as follows:
Monday to Friday - 8:00am to 8:00pm
Saturday - 8:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday - 10:00am to 2:00pmThe Post Office trades as follows:
Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Wed/Sat - 9:00am to 1:00pm
Sun - ClosedREASON FOR SALE
The present owners purchased the property in 2013, investing significant time and capital to bring it up to its current standard. It is now their desire to take on new challenges that brings this exciting business and lifestyle opportunity on to the market.TRADE
Situated in an area of tremendous natural beauty, the business benefits from a high level of passing trade on the A944. Also catering to a steady year-round trade from local inhabitants with the addition of a significant tourist influx peaking between Easter and October. The shop also benefits from good passing trade during the winter months, from those who are visiting the area for skiing; the Lecht Activity Centre and Ski Resort is only 8 miles away.
The trading retail elements, which extend to c110m2, is the only convenience store and Post Office within the locality and is well-utilised providing a wide selection of essentials to the broader community. Sale items include fresh produce, general grocery items, licensed goods and cigarettes, greeting cards, bakery lines, hot paninis, soft drinks, gift items and bulk pet foods to name but a few. The present configuration makes it an easy-to-operate business. However, there is scope to expand the range of services should new owners wish to do so as the first-floor aspects of the shop are underutilised; this area extends to 55m2. In addition, the garage / steading to the rear of the subjects has a net internal area of about 68m2 and has latent development potential subject to consents. Internally, the ground floor sales area is well laid out utilising a modern range of shelving units and display stands. The shop also has a good range of refrigeration and freezer units. The sales counter is ideally situated for security next to the main entrance and leads to the rear office and store area. There is a further large external storage unit which extends to 46m2. In recent years a further income stream has been added in the form of a letting bedroom. This currently trades on a restricted and leisurely basis bringing in an additional £13,000 income, however, this could be increased quite significantly with a little marketing. The convenience store business has an online presence through the Spar retail group, the letting elements are marketed through the Air B&B platform.LOCATION
Bellabeg is a small roadside settlement in Strathdon, Aberdeenshire. This charming community has a village hall, a green where the Highland Games are held, a primary school and a church; secondary schooling is provided for at Alford. Bellabeg lies on the north side of the River Don opposite the village of Strathdon. The village is home to the annual Lonach Gathering, which has come to wider notice in recent years under the patronage of Strathdon resident Billy Connolly. The area is very popular with visitors as Braemore and Ballater are close by. The property is located 42 miles west of Aberdeen and 30 miles south-east of Grantown on Spey. The region is also popular for visitors who take part in winter sports at the Lecht Ski Resort to the North plus Glenshee Ski Resort is to the south. There are many activities to be had in the area from walking, cycling, water sports or just visiting the many places of interest.THE PROPERTY
This substantial category 'C' listed property dates from the late-1800s, of granite block wall construction with rendering and under a pitched slate roof with accommodation arranged over two levels. Originally the property was a bank and the bank manager's house. There are a number of features which reflect its original functionality such as large metal security door and security railings. Within the grounds is a large timber storage building with metal roof and a separate garage / steading of stone construction and slate roof. All set within private and spacious grounds extending to c0.3 acre. To the side of the subjects the gentle Water of Nochty meanders past the property in to the River Don.TRADING AREAS
From a prominent roadside location in the village, the business has a modern and well-signed frontage. There is ample parking and the shop is at street level ensuring ease of access. Internally the business is very well presented utilising a good range of flexible fixtures and fittings, including free-standing displays. The main sales counter is on the left, immediately inside the main entrance, providing sensible control of the sales area and facilitating good customer service. Further into the store is a wide range of shelving and merchandise racking including refrigeration and freezer units. To the rear of the shop is the popular Post Office counter. There is an external unit which offers overspill storage for dry goods, fridge and freezer storage and bulk pet supplies including dog, cat and horse feed and equipment.SERVICE AREAS
The premises are exceptionally well laid out to support the trading aspects of the business. To the rear of the main sales counter there is an office/store room, bakery area and staff W.C. Stairs lead up from the main sales area to the spacious first floor which presents a large mainly underutilised space. There may be scope to develop this area into other uses; possible options may include an additional living area, café facility, art studio or further merchandising space.OWNERS ACCOMMODATION
An attractive feature of the sale is the generous owner's accommodation. Access is gained either through the trading elements or from a private rear entrance, which provides access to all ground floor rooms. The lounge is exceptionally large with a solid fuel fire and double aspect windows. There is a most pleasant dining room benefiting from an open fireplace with a servery hatch to the kitchen. The large kitchen diner provides a very flexible family space. With ample wall and mounted units, the kitchen has a range-cooker and benefits from views to the rear garden and river beyond. There is a separate utility room. Off the hallway is a W.C. and stairs leading to the first floor with its 6 bedrooms (1 being utilised as an office) and a modern family bathroom. Five rooms are double-size and the master bedroom has an en-suite shower room.GROUNDS
The business and home present a substantial property with a large footprint, on a prominent roadside frontage extending to c0.3 acre. The shop has parking to the front and side plus there is public parking across the road which meets customer needs. Within the grounds is a steading which has undoubted development potential. There is also a storage unit which houses a public information centre providing local tourist information which was developed by the current proprietors. The property is bounded to one side by a charming small river. Laid mainly to lawn there is a gravel parking area for owner's vehicles and a drying area.SERVICES
The property benefits from mains electricity. The private water supply is shared with a number of other properties in the village. Septic tank is used for drainage. Heating is provided by a mix of oil-fired central heating and electric heaters. The shop has an alarm system and CCTV.