Attractive Hotel, Bar and Restaurant in Caithness, Scotland For Sale
Lybster, Caithness, Highland, United Kingdom
Seller Reference: PortlandArms
Asking Price: £350 000 - £499 999
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   
With certainty, most people in Caithness will have been to a function at the Portland Arms Hotel, at one time or another. This Hotel was a thriving business and was booked well ahead for weddings and functions. There is no doubt that the function suite is one of the best in the area. The Hotel also benefitted from a good degree of tourist trade in the season, both for overnight accommodation and for meals. Business men and visitors to the area, working in the local industries or large hospital in Wick, also generated trade giving the hotel a year round clientele. There is a strong local community who also frequented the Hotel and who are very keen to see new owners take over the property and return it to the heart of this small town.

The main building has been developed into a modern hotel, bar and restaurant style business, the previous owners spent considerable time and money on the decorative redevelopment of the hotel and introduced an open kitchen with an aga for cooking demonstrations as well as a couple of characterful restaurants and bars. There is some attractive wooden paneling and a couple of large feature fireplaces which add a sense of history and charm. The Hotel is extremely spacious and there is scope here for a reconfiguration if desired to suit many different business models. The function suite was a later addition and the entrance to this most attractive area is a grandiose pair of antique wooden doors which came from an old hunting lodge. This area has its own bar and seating area as well as a wooden dance floor, which can accommodate 250 people, there are ladies and gents facilities as well as direct access to the kitchen. The 22 bedrooms have all been decorated and are furnished, the fixtures and fittings are of a high standard and include a robust four poster bed. The bars and restaurants are also furnished and the commercial kitchen is very well equipped. The Hotel has been empty for some time however, and shows some signs of neglect, there is some water ingress and there is no doubt that there is some work needed to bring this hotel back to the standard it once was; this is reflected in the price.

The present owners leased the hotel out previously but it is now their intention to sell the freehold.

The Property:
The Portland Arms is a detached property of traditional construction. Stone built under a slate roof, the subjects are arranged over 3 levels.

Public Areas:
From an entrance porch way, the Hotelís main entrance opens into the welcoming reception hallway facing the reception area. There is a large traditional open fireplace. To the left is the spacious lounge and to the right is a bar and dining area, which then lead onto the function suite. The library restaurant is a good size for fine dining and the open bar with its central feature of a red aga gives scope for a variety of uses, from a coffee shop with home baking to full blown cooking demonstrations or open kitchen dining.
The Hotel has 22 Letting Bedrooms, four on the ground floor and the remaining 18 split over two further floors. There has been some significant investment in the bathrooms and most of these are modern and fitted out to a high standard. Over half the bedrooms are in good condition with modern décor and beautifully furnished, the others are in various condition, full and partially furnished and one or two have some damp which would need some attention. There is a small meeting room on the first floor which would comfortably sit 20 guests, in a boardroom or open style format and the large function room on the ground floor with its full bar and facilities comfortably accommodating up to 250 guests.

Service Areas:
The Hotel has a well equipped kitchen with commercial catering capability and a fully vented extract system. There is a wash-up area with commercial dish-wash system, still room and laundry facilities. The beer cellar and spirit store are conveniently located. The business has adequate storage facilities and a laundry cupboard on the first floor.

Mains electricity, water supply and drainage. Gas central heating and mains gas.
  Property Information   
  Property: Freehold
  Living Accommodation: Yes
  Details of Accommodation: Private Accommodation:
There is scope to reconfigure current accommodation to suit new owners.
  Location: Location:
The Hotel is located about 20 mins from Helmsdale to the South and an equal distance from Wick to the North. Helmsdale is a Sutherland coastal village steeped in history and with a strong maritime tradition. The area has an association with Viking history and attracts a great many tourists, also renowned for its gold panning at Kildonan and the Timespan visitor attraction. These combined with the varied natural scenic beauty of the surrounding area make it highly popular with a wide range of visitors and tourists. The population of Wick in Caithness, is c7500 but with a much broader catchment area. Tourism is one of the main sources of income to the area in the main season being highly popular with walkers, cyclists, ornithologists, archaeologists and anglers. The Old Pulteney distillery (the most northerly mainland distillery) is a popular attraction as is the active harbour and the 18-hole golf course. In terms of infrastructure the town is very well supported and benefits from excellent primary and high schooling, welfare and medical facilities, leisure resources and communication links with a railway station and airport.

For the outdoor enthusiast the Highlands of Scotland are famous for spectacular scenery and rugged mountains. The wonderful unspoilt scenery of the famous coast line and surrounding hills combine to make this a most attractive area. The region draws in a high customer footfall from visitors which would generate a potential customer base for the business in the summer months as there is no shortage of opportunities in the immediate area for holiday makers. For walkers the beautiful Caithness and Sutherland terrain offers varied degrees of challenge from the more leisurely hillwalking to more stretching mountaineering. A wide range of birdlife attracts the ornithologist and the area has a huge appeal to the naturalist. The rivers within the region appeal to large numbers of sports fishermen looking to net trout or salmon. Additionally, in the vicinity there are many self-catering accommodation providers, hotels and guest houses whose patrons in turn generate trade for all the services supported by the business.
  Other Details   
  Is this a home-based business? No
  Can this business be relocated? No
  Is this business part of a franchise? No

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