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Stunning Bed & Breakfast With Separate Luxury Cottage For Sale

Spean Bridge, Highland, UK
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• Truly outstanding, 4-Star, Gold standard, luxury Bed and Breakfast, fully licenced and offering evening meals for residents.

• Prominent corner trading location, on the main route to Skye, within easy reach of a wide range of services and facilities in nearby Fort William.

• Comprises 4 boutique en-suite bedrooms, exceptional detached cottage suite to sleep 6, chic and characterful public areas and dining room.

• Well-established, seasonal business benefiting from a strong trading reputation, providing a highly profitable “home and income” lifestyle opportunity.

• Includes spacious and self-contained 2-bedroom owners accommodation with ample off-road parking for up to 15 cars.

Property Information



Living Accommodation:

A most attractive feature of the sale is the excellent 2-bed owner’s accommodation which is located in the attic rooms of the main building. This spacious and comfortable accommodation comprises of 2 double bedrooms, a family bathroom plus a comfortable lounge. New owners may consider utilising the Bryson Suite where they required additional space. Within the grounds there is a 4-berth caravan which can be used for staff accommodation within the summer season.


The area around Spean Bridge is renowned for its outdoor activities including walking and climbing in the summer months with skiing and ice-climbing being popular in the winter. For walkers the range of terrain provides a great variety in the level of challenge from non-technical hill-walking to more strenuous mountaineering. There are numerous mountains in this area, located within easy reach, Ben Nevis, the Munros and Corbetts and two long distance walks the Great Glen Way and the East Highland Way. This generates a good deal of trade for the accommodation providers in the area. Numerous national and international sporting events occur in the area throughout the year bringing even more visitors.

For mountain bikers there are plenty of demanding venues, both at Nevis Range which is close by, as well as Laggan Wolftrax. In addition to the usual car touring holiday makers, this business is well located for the world-famous Jacobite Steam train which operates twice daily from May to October carrying up to 600 passengers per day; the train stops in the village a few hundred yards away. This train travels over the Glenfinnan viaduct featured in the Harry Potter movies and brings many fans of the films to this area. Spean Bridge is also an ideal stop-over point for travellers to Skye, the North Coast 500 and the outer isles including Lewis and Harris.

The village itself has a number of facilities including visitor attractions, a comparatively small but testing 9-hole golf course, shops and restaurants within walking distance of the guest house. The area has an abundance of wildlife, attracting ornithologists and naturalists with red deer, pine marten, otter, osprey, red squirrels, elusive golden eagles and rare butterflies helping to attract visitors.

Premises Details:

Only by viewing can the facilities offered by Smiddy House be fully appreciated. The owners have invested significantly over the years to create this rarely available quality business. Currently operating as a luxury bed and breakfast, the owners have also developed a sound reputation for catering and previously operated “Russell’s Restaurant” providing a dining experience to both guests and non-residents. New owners may decide to continue to offer full catering provision or choose to operate on a bed and breakfast basis only, alternatively a mix of both.

The business is an attractive and well-performing operation located within the heart of the village of Spean Bridge amidst the Great Glen, situated 11 miles north of Fort William on the intersection between the A82/A86. This imposing and striking property benefits from an excellent reputation, offering luxury and spacious accommodation which has been graded as 4-Star (Gold) by VisitScotland and 4-Star AA. The spacious public rooms allow for a flexibility of approach to suit a range of business operation models providing a key selling point.

The letting accommodation within the main building comprises 4 individually designed quality en-suite letting bedrooms which are all finished to an extremely high standard. Set within the grounds is a large detached cottage which has been converted into a luxury letting suite to sleep 6 people. This cottage known as Bryson Suite, could quite easily be converted to owner’s accommodation if required or as a self-catering unit with the addition of a kitchen.

Another attractive feature of this property is the spacious owner’s accommodation which is set within the main building and is self-contained and separate from guest facilities. With two bedrooms, bathroom and comfortable lounge the owner’s living space offers a comfortable relaxing area.

The business operates mainly seasonally, opening fully from May to October and open 6 out of 7 days. Over the summer months the customer base is mainly drawn from the many tourists who visit Fort William, and surrounding areas as well as undertake The Great Glen Way. The business also draws in a high level of repeat business and is highly commended on numerous visitor review websites. During the quieter months they trade on a more leisurely basis as required. The flexibility offered by Smiddy House is an attractive benefit to new owners, such is the lay out. The business could trade as a café with rooms, restaurant with rooms, small hotel or on a bed and breakfast basis only, with self-catering cottage. The licensed wet sales and evening meals provide additional income streams but at a leisurely level which could be either dispensed with or increased by new owners to suit.

The current owner’s efforts have generated a well-established business with a strong trading reputation and deserving of 4-Star (Gold) VisitScotland grading. Smiddy House benefits from a modern website, a good social media presence and utilises a number of portal websites. The vast majority of room occupancy is pre-booked and forward bookings are always at a high level.

Smiddy House is an extensive property with a large footprint originally built in 1903. The property exudes many natural features including original fire places, ceiling roses and beautiful cornicing. The main building and cottage are of stone construction with pitched roof. The main property is set over 3 floors and the cottage has 2 floors. Both properties are excellently presented with a high standard of décor and service provision. There is extensive parking situated to the rear of the property that is accessed via a shared driveway.

Access to the property is via a walled garden set to the front of the building. The main entrance leads into a spacious vestibule and thereafter into a reception hallway. From here stairs lead to the first and second floors. To the left is the main dining area set to 22 covers. This charming area has a bay window affording excellent natural lighting. The restaurant has a beautiful original fireplace with tiled hearth and wood mantel. Within the main restaurant is an attractive bar servery. From the right of the reception hallway is a second dining area which is set to 16 covers. Similar in style to the main restaurant, this area also has an attractive feature fireplace. Off this smaller dining area is the bright and comfortable garden room which is set to soft furnishings and offers a most relaxing ambience. To the rear of the hallway are ladies, gents and disabled bathrooms.

An attractive feature of this high-quality establishment is the beautifully presented guest bedrooms which have been individually decorated. All rooms have well-presented en-suite shower rooms and have beautifully appointed, quality fixtures and fittings. The current owners have strived to provide high levels of in-room service in keeping with the demands of the modern-day holiday maker, reflective of their 4-Star status. Room facilities include, satellite TV, hospitality trays, hairdryers and toiletries. Each room has controllable electric heaters and are configured as follows:

Room 1 (Oban) - Family bedroom (1 x double and 1 x single) with en-suite shower room
Room 2 (Jura) - Double bedroom with en-suite shower room
Room 3 (Islay) - Double bedroom with en-suite shower room
Room 4 (Tobermoray) - Double bedroom with en-suite shower room

The Bryson Suite is a detached 1½ storey bothy style building of stone construction under pitched slate roof. The building was formerly the Smiddy’s workshop but is now beautifully appointed holiday accommodation, offering an excellent and flexible array of sleeping and recreational areas. Formerly a self-catering unit, The Bryson Suite has the necessary fittings to allow a kitchen to be re-installed, returning it into a fully functioning self-contained unit.

Access to the building is via a stable door, into a large lounge area with a feature inset fireplace with stone surround and timber mantel and slate hearth. The lounge is set to leather sofas, coffee table and large TV providing a lovely ambience. There are patio doors from the lounge leading to the enclosed gravel garden set to garden furniture and a private parking place. Off the lounge is a smart double bedroom which also offers patio doors to the garden. A spacious shower room is set to the ground floor. Via a spiral metal stair case access is gained to the attic room which is set to 4 single beds. This open plan area has dormer windows offering ample natural light.

The business is further supported by a range of well-appointed kitchen facilities, complete with a range of fitted workspaces and appliances plus a commercial extraction unit. The kitchen provides ample work areas for a full commercial operation and has extensive ancillary areas including pot wash area, sweet preparation area plus ample storage space. There is a storage room set behind the bar area in the restaurant. Laundry facilities are located on the first floor plus a store and house-keeping cupboard.

With excellent roadside signage, Smiddy House is a substantial property with an imposing stature. The subjects have a significant footprint with a well-maintained walled garden to the front aspects, offering outside seating for up to 20 guests. The business benefits from a prominent corner roadside location with high visibility and imposing presence. There is shared access via the side of the property from the main road, leading to ample private parking for up to 15 vehicles toward the rear of the subjects. Within the grounds there is ample general storage. There is also a 4-berth caravan which is available for staff use, if required.

The property benefits from mains electricity, water and drainage. Heating is mainly electric heaters. There are two gas fires in the dining areas which have been disconnected but new owners may wish to reinstate these or alternatively put in a solid fuel replacement. The property has an LPG gas-fired central heating system into the Bryson Suite; LPG gas is also used for cooking in the main building and there are fittings in the suite to allow a kitchen to be reinstalled if required. The business is fully compliant with extant fire regulations and environmental health requirements. The property is double glazed throughout. There is Wi-Fi access. The property has an internal security system.

Business Operation

Reasons for selling:

The present owners purchased Smiddy House in January 2003 and have enjoyed operating this impressive and rewarding business. However, it is their desire to retire from the hospitality sector and relocate which brings this exquisite business and stunning home to the market.

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