Winmar Guest House provides a superb and rarely available potential trading opportunity set within the heart of Inverness. This detached property dates from c1885 and is reflective of its Victorian origins with lovely cornicing and ceiling roses. The property was extended in 1987 and previously traded as a successful guest house. The current operating configuration has 13 bedrooms (all en-suite) plus a kitchen and lounge. New owners could adapt the property to reflect a modern home and income earning bed and breakfast business. The subjects have a substantial footprint and prominent corner site trading aspect with private parking within the grounds plus additional parking immediately to the side of the business. The building offers a trading opportunity from a most convenient location for guests wishing to walk into the city centre. Winmar is located on one of the main arterial routes through Inverness and is easy to locate. The property has undoubted appeal as an easy-to-operate trading entity and is presented to the market in very good condition, offering a potential strong trading platform. The sale of Winmar Guest House represents an exceptional opportunity for new proprietors to own an impressive property and operate a lifestyle business set in the Highlands Capital, Inverness.
Previously operated as a well-established and successful guest house, trading on a seasonal basis, the current owners currently trade the property as a HMO, letting in total 13 en-suite bedrooms. The majority of the extant trade for the HMO is generated via the local authority. Any person wishing to buy the property and seek to operate under its current format will need to liaise with the Highland Council to obtain the necessary permissions.
The property is ideally suited to returning to a B&B operation and depending on the business model being contemplated by new owners, only minor changes may be required to bring it into full trading. The building offers a great deal of flexibility including ample space for owner’s accommodation. No trading accounts are available with this sale.
Winmar would be a suitable acquisition for those with no formal hospitality experience but who wish to trade a commercial venture. Winmar does not have its own website at this time and new owners may see this as an area of development. Visitors are attracted to the Highlands for many reasons be it business or to enjoy the great outdoors. Tourists include walkers, winter-sports enthusiasts, cyclists, bird-watchers, motorcyclists, golfers and fishermen plus there are a number of specific events that draw in visitors.
The original property is of traditional stone construction under a pitched slate roof and dates from c1885. Set to 2 floors, the building is presented in generally very good condition. The rear extension is a modern block cavity construction, roughcast rendered externally. The roof covering is mansard style with slate tiles contained under a flat mineral roof covering. The main entrance is located to the front of the house which leads into a spacious reception hallway. On the ground floor is a sitting room, fitted kitchen, staff cloakroom facilities plus a CCTV room. The house is currently configured as follows:
Room 1 – Single bedroom with an en-suite shower room
Room 2 – Single bedroom with an en-suite shower room
Room 3 – Double bedroom with an en-suite shower room
Room 4 – Single bedroom with an en-suite shower room
Room 5 – Double bedroom with an en-suite shower room
Room 6 – Double bedroom with an en-suite shower room
Room 7 – Single bedroom with an en-suite shower room
Room 8 – Single bedroom with an en-suite shower room
Room 9 – Double bedroom with an en-suite shower room
Room 10 – Single bedroom with an en-suite shower room
Room 11 – Single bedroom with an en-suite shower room
Room 12 – Single bedroom with an en-suite shower room
Room 13 – Double bedroom with an en-suite shower room
Winmar Guest House has an entrance off the main pavement via a small front garden area. To the rear is a driveway with 2 / 3 parking spaces; there could be scope to increase parking with some garden redesign. The business is also located next to a public car park. The property has well-maintained and attractive garden grounds with a small lawn and a patio area. There are 3 utility sheds to the rear which could be used for bike storage, laundry etc.
The subjects benefit from mains electricity, gas, water and drainage. The property is double glazed and has gas central heating; there are 2 gas boilers servicing the property. Winmar is fully fire compliant with a modern LD2 fire alarm system and emergency lighting, plus CCTV.