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A Must View Property
Substantial and highly desirable Highland hotel and chalet complex set in a beautiful mature setting within the ever-popular Cairngorm National Park.
Easily run “home and income” lifestyle opportunity, enjoying an excellent trading location nestling in the charming village of Carrbridge.
Main hotel includes 5 en-suite letting bedrooms, smart public rooms and 2-bedroom owners’ accommodation.
Six quality self-catering chalets (three 2-bedroom units and three 3-bedroom chalets) pleasantly appointed and spaciously laid out.
Beautifully manicured grounds with a central Lochan extending to circa 3 acres with some development potential subject to consents.
An appealing business for motivated new owners either as an accommodation-led business or as a fully functioning hotel with lodges.
The private owner’s accommodation is an attractive feature of this property, offering a comfortable 2-bedroom facility with modern bathroom. Additionally, there is a spacious open-plan lounge/kitchen/dining room. The owner’s accommodation can be accessed without the need to transit through the customer areas.
Fairwinds is situated centrally within the village of Carrbridge and is ideally placed to take full advantage of its location within the Cairngorm National Park. The Fairwinds Hotel and Chalet Complex is well-sign posted and easily accessible. The immediate area is well served with facilities, shops and services for both locals and visitors alike. Primary schooling is available in Carrbridge with secondary schooling available in Grantown-on-Spey. Inverness has a University Campus which is only a 30-minute drive away. Many facilities such as medical and welfare services are located in Aviemore. There is a main line railway station in Carrbridge and also Aviemore. The historical village of Carrbridge described by Queen Victoria as “the jewel of the North” retains a great deal of charm and the Old Bridge within the village (built 1717) is only a short walk away.
Carrbridge is known in tourist circles for the Landmark Forest Adventure Park; this is a woodland park which combines education, entertainment and shopping with a raised Treetop Trail for viewing wildlife. The business is used as a central vacation base for exploring the wider locality and taking in its many attractions. The regions startling landscapes attract many who are outdoor enthusiasts wishing to take advantage of the Cairngorm and Monadhliath Mountain ranges. Hill walking and mountaineering remains a great draw to the Highlands, as are the water sports in the abundant lochs and rivers. The area benefits from ski provision, and snow and ice climbing in the winter. More sedate outdoor pursuits such as bird watching and fishing also entice a great many visitors to the region who take advantage of the abundance of wildlife in the Spey valley. For the adventurous golfer a number of good quality courses are within the immediate area, the most famous being Boat of Garten GC but Carrbridge has its own 9-hole course which is highly respected. Fishing and field sports are also highly popular pass-times in the region and attract visitor’s outside the main season. The historical nature of the many famous castles and distilleries appeal to the more pedestrian tourist. Carrbridge enjoys a beneficial geographic location, just off the A9 which provides an ideal base from which visitors can continue their odyssey of both the Highland and Grampian regions. It is also an ideal waypoint for travel over to the West Coast and Fort William.
Fairwinds Hotel and Chalet Complex is an outstanding business opportunity set within the captivating and popular village of Carrbridge, sitting within a peaceful setting and grounds extending to around 3 acres. The main hotel building is a resplendent granite stone country house style property which was previously the manse. The income earning aspects of this most attractive sale can be summarised as 5 quality en-suite bedrooms within the hotel supported by impressive public rooms plus 6 attractive self-catering chalets. The original subjects dating from circa1850 reflect its Victorian origins through many outstanding features including delicate cornicing, high skirting boards, original fireplaces, etc. The property boasts a character and charm seldom seen in such a business drawing together modern facilities without compromising the hotel’s period character. The vendors have intelligently invested heavily in time and effort to bring the public areas up to a high standard with tasteful décor and quality fixtures and fittings. They have enhanced the appeal of the building by generating an opulent ambience. Being set within spacious grounds only adds to the business’s overall desirability. The chalets are spaciously positioned to offer privacy and ample amenity space within an awe-inspiring location which is a combination of wooded areas plus open lawned spaces with a calming Lochan sitting centrally to the subjects. In addition to the expansive trading areas and alluring grounds, there is a comfortable 2-bedroomed owners’ apartment to the rear of the main hotel. This functional and spacious living accommodation makes this an ideal purchase for a hands-on owner-operator, providing both a home and income opportunity.
The current operation is intentionally focussed around the accommodation aspects with breakfast being the only food provision on offer. However, the hotel has a liquor licence and could be easily brought back into operation as a destination venue for the production and service of quality catering and appeal to those wishing to operate small functions. Likewise, there is undoubted scope for new owners with an extended family to live within the main hotel and trade just the self-catering aspects as the business, thereby reducing the requirement for any commercial food service.
The business trades mainly on the provision of self-catering accommodation and bed and breakfast service. New owners with a penchant for catering could easily offer an evening meal provision to both guests and non-resident visitors, there is a flexible kitchen space plus a stunning dining conservatory to seat up to 40 covers if the sofas were removed. The business offers versatile accommodation and service options to suit a wide range of clientele whether they are families, couples, individuals or small groups.
The extant business model focusses on offering a quality establishment and personal service is a key driver for the vendors. The business reflects the intelligence and sound application of the current owners who have tirelessly developed many aspects of the business. The trading aspects generate a high level of adjusted net profitability but offer scope for new owners to increase trade further. The business is marketed through two websites owned and operated by the sellers (www.highlandholidaychalets.com and www.fairwindshotel.com). These modern websites utilise the Queensborough Group (Hotel) and FreetoBook (Chalets) platforms to facilitate automated booking traffic. In addition, the business also utilises a number of on-line marketing platforms plus the VisitScotland website. The business has a very strong reputation which is readily observed through a number of review websites such as TripAdvisor.
Fairwinds Hotel is operated during the main tourist season (Easter to October) and the Chalets are let out year-round. There remains some demand for winter trade through the hotel due to the lure of the popular Cairngorm Ski Resort. The business is presented to the market in walk-in condition and is ready to operate with no requirement for additional significant capital investment. The sale of the Fairwinds Hotel and Chalet Complex represents an exceptional opportunity for discerning new owners to own a prestigious property and operate an impressive country house hotel and chalet business which has a strong trading tradition and is set amidst some of the most stunning scenery in the UK.
Until recently the business operation was conducted with the help of a year-round housekeeper but is now staffed by family members of the current owners and part-time casual staff.
THE HOTEL - PUBLIC AREAS
Fairwinds Hotel and Chalets are accessed via a side road off the main street of the village and is set within about 3 acres. The main hotel building is of traditional stone construction under slate roof built circa 1850 with more recent additions. Set over 2 floors, the property is generally presented in excellent walk-in condition.
Entrance to the property is via a wooden door into an attractively presented vestibule. Further through a solid wooden door guests arrive within a spacious and beautifully presented hallway leading to the wooden reception desk. On the left of the hall upon entering is the splendid Mallard Lounge with an ambience of a by-gone era. The Mallard Lounge has an honesty bar and is set with soft furnishings and occasional tables plus it has a wood-burning stove with a stone surround. The lounge sets the tone for the character and charm which features throughout all the public rooms.
The dining conservatory is accessed from the lounge and could be set to 40 covers but presently affords a large seating area with wicker furniture affording views and access to the gardens. This most relaxing bistro style venue is very much in keeping with the overarching character and comfort of the hotel. Both gents and ladies facilities are presented off the main reception hallway.
There are 5 superbly presented letting bedrooms within the hotel all benefitting from modern en-suite facilities with heated towel rails. Enjoying extended views over the grounds, the rooms are spacious with high quality in-room facilities including TVs, telephones to reception, tea and coffee facilities, hair dryers, Wi-Fi, alarm clock, I-pod docking station / radio and complimentary toiletries. One room is situated on the ground floor and is suitable for the less able guests. The rooms are configured to:
Strathspey - Super-king / twin with a luxury en-suite bathroom with bath, Jack and Jill sinks plus separate shower. This room has a period fireplace.
Osprey - Super-king / twin with an en-suite bathroom with bath and shower over bath.
Cairngorm - King-size with an en-suite bathroom with bath and shower over bath.
Morlich - Double room with en-suite shower room.
Macdui - Cosy double room with an en-suite shower room.
A servery area and the commercial kitchen are located adjacent to the conservatory dining room, facilitating ease of customer service. The compact and well-appointed kitchen offers ample workspace to meet the demands of a full catering operation. The kitchen has a dry goods store and immediate access to the rear of the property to enable ease of deliveries etc. The business benefits from excellent general storage. To the rear of the property there is an office and a linen store with a separate laundry area plus a number of general storage rooms.
Within the grounds are 6 chalets in two clusters of three. Built in the 1970s and 1980s of timber construction, these chalets are maintained to a high standard. The chalets are configured to 3 – 2-bedroom (Redwood, Silver Birch and Pinewood) and 3 - 3-bedroom units (Rowan, Willow and Maple). They each have a well-appointed open- plan lounge/dining/kitchen. The chalets have a bathroom with shower over bath. Set in the spacious grounds the chalets have a drying area and plenty of amenity space, including picnic tables. The chalets provide a mix of accommodation and if new owners were to reintroduce a food element, could generate additional catering income to the hotel aspects of the business.
A well-signed posted entrance provides access via a driveway leading to a gravel car parking area. Each chalet has 2 dedicated parking spaces with gravel paths leading to the hotel. Fairwinds Hotel is a substantial property with gardens, laid mainly to grass and has bench seating throughout for guest use to watch the Red Squirrels and Roe Deer. A most attractive and serene aspect of this sale is the Lochan within the grounds which attracts a host of wildlife and aquatic birds. In addition, there is a children’s play area with climbing frame.
The subjects benefit from mains electricity, water and drainage. The property is all electric cooking facilities and heating with many newly installed modern electric heaters. The property is fully Wi-Fi enabled.
The grounds within the site could possibly lend themselves to further chalet development but subject to planning consents. New owners would need to satisfy themselves of the veracity of any future development potential.
Owned and operated by our clients since July 2014, they have now reluctantly presented Fairwinds to the market to allow them to enjoy their retirement.
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