The Clachan Bed and Breakfast is a substantial property situated in the Royal Burgh of Wick in Caithness, the most northerly mainland county. Built in 1938 this traditional stone property is an attractive detached villa. In 1991 and again in 2008, the current owners added a purpose built annex to accommodate bed and breakfast rooms, and upgraded, resulting in three good sized bedrooms with attractive en-suites. Recently refurbished, The Clachan today offers a standard of accommodation which is extremely comfortable as evidenced by the number of awards currently held, such as Visit Scotland 4 Star Gold and, Taste the Best, AA Four Star Gold, friendliest B&B of the year finalist in 2014-2015. Prospective purchasers need only glance through the trip advisor reviews to get a feel for the comfort and repeat business this extremely successful B&B enjoys.
Accommodation on offer is strictly bed and breakfast, with no evening meals provided. This could be an area new owners might be keen to develop, although not necessary as the B&B is within walking distance of the town and plethora of restaurants. The property has a large footprint and substantial amenity space. The Clachan bed and breakfast has excellent year-round trading potential, and given there are three family bedrooms within the property the ability to expand the number of rooms on offer is certainly available subject to consents.
REASON FOR SELLING
The present owners have owned and operated The Clachan Bed and Breakfast for over 30 years and it is their desire to retire from the hospitality sector which has resulted in this outstanding opportunity coming to the market.
The trading elements of the business have been extensively upgraded by the current owners with the provision of modern en-suite facilities adding to the luxury feel of the bedrooms. . The decor of the property is excellently presented throughout making this an excellent walk-in business, ready to start trading. This bed and breakfast has a warm and cosy ambience which is reflective of the service offered by the owners. Trade is drawn from a wide range of clientele from holidaymakers to business persons. Wick is often called the gateway to the Orkney Islands, with day trips available throughout the summer months or stopover to catching morning ferries. Caithness itself is a popular destination for tourists and now the town is thriving with the introduction of renewables, wind and wave power. The most recent exciting addition to the tourist trade is the new North Coast 500 route which has seen a large increase in visitor activity within this area. The harbour also is enjoying some significant investment and the Beatrice Field renewables project has resulted in an increase in workmen to the area requiring accommodation.
No.1 in the world in 2012 is” Old Pulteney Whisky” which is one of the most northerly distilleries, attracting lots of visitors. Situated just a short stroll from "The Clachan" allowing guests to sample the whisky while doing the tour without the need to drive. There is so many local attractions, 18-hole golf course at Reiss, our beautiful harbour and marina area where there is daily boat trips through the summer months. Wick Heritage Centre which is a treasure trove of local history, a veritable Aladdin's Cave of heritage. Sinclair and Girnigoe castle - the only castle in Scotland to be listed by the World Monuments Fund. This once impregnable medieval stronghold is now the most spectacular ruin in the North of Scotland. Another fascinating Castle on this amazing coastline is Castle of Old Wick all that remains today is a tall tower with a long and noble history. Wick is also a great location to visit the many other local attractions along the A9 corridor and situated within the towns of Thurso, John O’Groats, Helmsdale, Golspie and Brora. In terms of infrastructure Wick is very well supported and benefits from excellent Primary and High Schooling, good leisure facilities and good communication links with a railway station and airport. Wick also has excellent medical facilities available locally.
The Clachan is an attractive detached villa under a pitched slate roof over two floors. Throughout the property is maintained to a high standard and is presented in excellent decorative order. There is a large double garage to the side of the property, with power light and water installed, as well as a garden shed for mowers etc.
From the road the main entrance to the property is via a gated paved path through small but attractive well maintained gardens to the front. Through the double-glazed outer door is the well-presented entrance vestibule. Through a further door is the spacious hallway where to the left is the comfortably furnished residents dining area which is set to tables and chairs for the three letting rooms. The annex is accessed via the main hall ahead and all the guest facilities’ are located to the rear of the property. There is also a patio door in the corridor of the annex allowing entrance into the garden or patio for guests to use at owners discretion.
The Clachan has 3 spacious, well-appointed letting bedrooms, all located on the ground floor and configured as follows:
Room 1 – Double En-suite Shower
Room 2 – Double En-suite Shower
Room 3 – Twin En-suite Shower
All rooms have modern bathroom facilities, hospitality trays, central heating, hairdryers and TVs. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout.
The Clachan B&B offers a most comfortable family home as well as a profitable business appealing to all walks of life. The current owners occupy a further three bedrooms, which are located on the first floor of the property and are separate from the guests accommodation. Should new owners wish to maximise income they could consider reconfiguring the owners accommodation to create more letting bedrooms, including developing the large loft space subject to consents. The spacious lounge is for family use only and the dining kitchen serves both the business and the home.
The house benefits from a good-sized, well equipped kitchen. The kitchen has excellent storage and a centre aisle/breakfast bar. Off the kitchen is the utility room which provides access to the rear of the property. Throughout the property there is ample storage.
The Clachan is the first house as you enter Wick so benefits from a good trading location for passing traffic. Private parking to the side of the property is laid to tarmac with parking for up to 4 cars. The front and rear of the building has attractive well-maintained gardens, mainly to laid to lawn. To the side of the main house is a double garage with mains power, hot and cold water supply electric up and over door, and a small greenhouse, in addition there is also a garden shed. To the rear of the property is a concrete patio area providing outdoor seating and a fixed barbeque.
There is potential to drive trade further by utilising the full range of bedrooms and promoting the catering aspects of the business. At the moment the owners are not using online booking websites but relying on selected advertising and repeat trade. Booking online is available through their own website only.
The property benefits from mains electricity, water and drainage with town gas fired central heating. The business also benefits from an oil boiler which can be used instead of the gas and is in full working order, allowing you to choose between the two for economy. The property is zoned for heating allowing the business element to be switched off when not in use. Within the garage there is a spare washing machine and tumble dryer. The house is double glazed throughout.
The Clachan Bed and Breakfast, is a successful business trading profitably with potential to develop the business aspects further. Operating on a restricted 5 day week, there is potential for new owners to increase income by operating year-round. Full accounting information will be made available to seriously interested parties subsequent to viewing.