Highland Guest House in Newtonmore, Cairngorm National Park, Scotland
Newtonmore, Highland, United Kingdom
Seller Reference: Crubenbeg
Asking Price: £420,000
Net Profit: Undisclosed
Sales Revenue: Undisclosed
Number of Staff: Send enquiry for more details.
Established For: Send enquiry for more details.
Ownership: Freehold
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  Business Summary   
  Description:
Crubenbeg House is a substantial, attractive, modern, detached property built in 1989. This landmark business is prominently located just off the A9, 4 miles south of Newtonmore, with excellent signage from the A9 to the front door. Elegant and stylish, with excellently maintained mature gardens, it enjoys an outstanding rural setting but has good access to local facilities. The owners successfully run Crubenbeg as a charming, characterful, guesthouse where their warm welcome, friendly service, comfort and quality feature highly. Open for just over 8 months each year, on a bed and breakfast basis the current owners also provide evening meals for guests who have in the main pre-booked. New owners who did not wish to continue with food provision need not, as there are good pubs and restaurants nearby.

The current owners have established a reputation for Crubenbeg House as evidenced on Trip Advisor from whom they have been awarded a Certificate of Excellence. As a result Crubenbeg enjoys a high level of repeat clientele. Other visitors come through the properties own website as well as one other portal. Further utilisation of the various portal websites is an area new owners might wish to explore further. There is no doubt that the purchase of Crubenbeg presents an opportunity for a lifestyle, which affords not only a beautiful home in a superb setting but a sound business generating a steady income.
Considerable pride has been taken maintaining this business and as a result it is presented to the market in an immaculate walk in condition. The owners will continue to upgrade with further on-going capital expenditure planned. With the excellent owners’ accommodation, service areas and established gardens in situ new owners can be assured of a smooth handover, allowing them to concentrate on their own business model. Whether this involves running the guesthouse exactly as before, expanding the trading period, or catering Crubenbeg offers the flexibility for a number of trading options all of which are profitable.

Location:
Crubenbeg House is situated in the Cairngorm National Park, close to the towns of Newtonmore, Kingussie and Aviemore, with their extensive facilities, shops & restaurants for guests to enjoy. There are excellent communication and commerce links, with the A9 arterial road from Perth to the south and Inverness to the north and onwards into the Highlands. Kingussie and Newtonmore both benefit from a mainline railway station, Inverness Airport is easily accessible for those travelling by air, all adding to the influx of visitors.
Crubenbeg House enjoys a very central location, perfect as a base from which guests can explore the many activities and attractions of the Highlands, the Cairngorm National Park, the Monadhliath Mountains and Loch Ness and the Nevis Range both an easy day trip.
Hill walking, cycling and water sports are popular in spring, summer and autumn, while winter offers a panoply of snowsports. Other outdoor pursuits such as bird watching and fishing also draw many visitors to the area who take advantage of the abundance of wildlife in the Spey Valley. For the dedicated golfer, Newtonmore and Kingussie have excellent courses with many others within an easy drive. Castles, gardens and the local Folk Museum offer guests places of culture and history to visit while six miles to the south is Dalwhinnie Distillery which welcomes a high number of visitors each year.

Reason for Selling:
The present owners bought Crubenbeg House in March 2004 and have run it very successfully, generating excellent profits from a very busy main season of 8 months with limited winter opening. Operating to suit their preferred work-life balance, they enjoy much repeat trade and have forged friendships with many regular guests. New owners could maintain this rewarding business model or adjust the running of the business to suit their own lifestyles and do so profitably. It is the vendors’ wish to pursue their other interests, reducing their business commitments and enjoying a ‘semi-retirement’ that brings this excellent home and business opportunity to the market.

The Property:
Crubenbeg House is a highly attractive, modern property built in 1989 on the site where a dwelling has existed for well over 200 years. With parking for 10 cars and spacious gardens, this property provides superb surroundings for guests and a good level of amenity for the owners. The house, which is tastefully decorated and presented to an exceptional standard, benefits from a high standard of fire-proofing measures including high specification fire doors and a comprehensive fire alarm system.

Public Areas:
A shared road leads to a gravel driveway with a path leading to the solid wood front entrance and into a super split-level hallway, with a convenient guest W.C. Off to the right and down 4 steps is the splendid Guest Lounge. This large, bright room has excellent soft furnishings representative of the quality and comfort experienced throughout the property. The lounge offers stunning views to the front of the property and has a solid fuel fire, which adds to the relaxing, cosy atmosphere of this outstanding property. Through the lounge is the spacious dining room with a splendid extending table, usually set for 8 guests but which can accommodate up to 12. This communal style dining is an integral part of the Crubenbeg House experience. The dining room windows frame views over the lawns to a spectacular mountain vista.

Letting Bedrooms:
Crubenbeg House currently has 4 letting bedrooms to sleep 8 guests. Two rooms have “zip and link” style beds, allowing an easy change in the configuration to suit customer requirements. One letting room, situated on the ground floor has Category 1 facilities including its own access, parking space and ramp, ensuring comfortable stays for guests with special needs. Three bedrooms have modern, spacious, comfortable en-suite facilities whilst the fourth has a private shower room of an equally high standard. All rooms have controllable heating, satellite television, radio alarm clocks, hairdryer, hot water bottles, tea/coffee hospitality trays and high quality complimentary toiletries from Scottish Fine Soaps. All are delightfully furnished and attractively decorated and feature those thoughtful, small accessories and attention to detail that ensure guests to Crubenbeg House enjoy a truly 4 Star Gold experience.

Grounds:
Crubenbeg House is a substantial property in a prime trading position just off the A9. The parking for up to 10 cars is ample for business needs and owners’ use. Attractive, mature, easily maintained gardens complement this prestigious property. To the rear are a number of storage facilities including a large workshop and wood store. The property also has a BBQ area.

Development Potential:
The space within the grounds may be considered for further development subject to planning approval. Depending on the requirements of new owners there is scope to reconfigure the accommodation to increase the number of letting rooms. A full Premises License (Category One) is currently in place. This would possibly be available for transfer under the new owners if desired, subject to them securing the required Personal License(s).

Services:
The property benefits from mains electricity. Water is fed from a local spring into a 50KL tank. A borehole is available for topping up the water tank or supplying the property directly. Both water supplies are shared with a neighbouring property. Drainage is connected to a private septic tank. LPG gas (2 x 47Kg bottles) is used for cooking. The property boasts double glazing throughout and benefits from an integral fire alarm system. Heating is provided by an efficient mix of electric storage heaters and convector heaters. The business has a Broadband connection and WiFi.

EPC Rating:
The EPC Rating of the property is ‘D’.

Trade:
The present trading pattern provides a profitable business and a most comfortable home. Full trading figures will be made available to interested parties subsequent to viewing.
  Property Information   
  Property: Freehold
 
  Living Accommodation: Yes
 
  Details of Accommodation: The recently refurbished large kitchen is a most attractive feature, with excellent storage, two ovens, 5-ring cooker hob and extractor unit. The utility room is equipped with 2 washing machines and 1 dryer and has ample shelving and hanging space for outdoor clothing etc. In the basement is a large storage area, a spacious dry goods and freezer store plus a significant office space. A linen cupboard and a “housekeeper’s” cupboard are situated on the first floor. The self-contained owners’ accommodation comprises a smart lounge, a large bedroom with ample fitted wardrobes and a spacious, en-suite bathroom.
 
  Location: Crubenbeg House is situated in the Cairngorm National Park, close to the towns of Newtonmore, Kingussie and Aviemore, with their extensive facilities, shops & restaurants for guests to enjoy. There are excellent communication and commerce links, with the A9 arterial road from Perth to the south and Inverness to the north and onwards into the Highlands. Kingussie and Newtonmore both benefit from a mainline railway station, Inverness Airport is easily accessible for those travelling by air, all adding to the influx of visitors.
Crubenbeg House enjoys a very central location, perfect as a base from which guests can explore the many activities and attractions of the Highlands, the Cairngorm National Park, the Monadhliath Mountains and Loch Ness and the Nevis Range both an easy day trip.
Hill walking, cycling and water sports are popular in spring, summer and autumn, while winter offers a panoply of snowsports. Other outdoor pursuits such as bird watching and fishing also draw many visitors to the area who take advantage of the abundance of wildlife in the Spey Valley. For the dedicated golfer, Newtonmore and Kingussie have excellent courses with many others within an easy drive. Castles, gardens and the local Folk Museum offer guests places of culture and history to visit while six miles to the south is Dalwhinnie Distillery which welcomes a high number of visitors each year.
  Other Details   
  Is this a home-based business? Yes
  Can this business be relocated? No
  Is this business part of a franchise? No





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