Jessie Mac’s is an award winning, prominent Victorian property, dating from c1866 and is a Class B listed building. Formerly the manse for the minister of St Marys Church next door, many of the original features are still intact, with a turret, ornate cornices and rich oak banisters. This property should be considered as a must-view option for anyone wishing to own a prestigious property and a thriving business in the Dunkeld and Birnam area. The vendors have improved the quality of this property during their tenure with significant outlay to provide a modern guest kitchen and to improve the letting bedrooms. The current owners operate on a hybrid business model offering a mix of bed and breakfast and hostel accommodation. With 7 en-suite letting bedrooms which are all presented to a high standard, the business offers quality provision which is reflected in the on-line reviews. In addition, the owner's personal living space offers a good level of comfort, along with the additional two spacious and modernised attic bedrooms with private shower/wc which can serve as further owner’s space or staff accommodation. These two aspects combine to make a superb home and income earning proposition.
REASON FOR SALE
The current owners purchased the business in 2011 and though they have invested heavily into this wonderful property, it is due to a change of personal circumstances that brings this attractive home and lifestyle business to the market.
Jessie Mac’s is an award winning 5-Star VisitScotland hostel, trading from a most prominent location, the business operates under the VAT threshold but very profitably providing a wonderful home and lifestyle business. Jessie Mac’s is a hybrid business providing both bed and breakfast and hostel type accommodation. Income is generated from the 7 individual bedrooms; 3 double rooms, 2 family / group rooms and 2 dormitory rooms. In total the business can accommodate 21 guests at one time. With live-in staff accommodation at a premium in the area, the two separate bedrooms give a competitive edge and reduce outgoings. The business offers guests either a continental or traditional cooked breakfast or guests can self-cater. The owners pride themselves on the comfort and service they provide from a spacious and relaxing lounge, flexible dining room and beautifully appointed guest kitchen.
Business is generated mainly through the business’ own website and some carefully targeted advertising. The business is well-signposted and is also supported by a well-structured website (www.jessiemacs.co.uk) which has an interactive website utilising the web-based booking platform Freetobook, and forward bookings for the 2019 summer season are already looking strong. It is testimony to the service levels provided that they receive outstanding accolades across a number of review websites. Tourism is a key income stream of trade for many hospitality businesses in the Dunkeld area. Jessie Mac’s draws its customers from a wide range of interest and activity groups and those travelling to this beautiful area as couples or sole travellers and has an excellent level of repeat business. It also has a good local reputation with a considerable amount of business being generated through local connections and referrals. The area benefits from a great many activities including mountain biking, walking, climbing and fishing. Others enjoy the many places of interest (castles, distilleries and golf courses) all within a short drive of the village; Birnam is an ideal location from where to tour the southern Highlands.
Birnam and Dunkeld offer some of the most amazing wildlife viewing in Scotland due to their location on the River Tay and surrounding woodlands/moorlands. Facing onto Birnam Hill (famous for Shakespeare’s Macbeth) Jessie Mac’s has an enviable central location in Birnam village, situated opposite the Birnam Arts centre (110K visitors per annum) and Beatrix Potter gardens and just a few minutes’ walk from Dunkeld. The Hermitage owned by the National Trust for Scotland has 195,000 visitors per annum and is famous for its wonderful waterfalls. Also popular is the city of Dundee, around an hour’s drive away, where the V&A (Victoria & Albert) Museum is due to open in September 2018 with a projected 350,000 visitors per annum. The area attracts a wide range of people who express an interest in the outdoors, either for sport and recreation or just to enjoy its splendour. The area is well supported with regards to water sports and mountaineering pastimes. There are many pleasant less demanding walks through woodlands and along river banks which appeal to the tourist looking for a more sedate holiday.
The broader area allows for visitors to enjoy a wide range of attractions and pursuits such as castles, distilleries, golf courses etc. Birnam and Dunkeld has a range of social and welfare facilities on offer. Primary schooling is available within the village and there are buses to Breadalbane Academy in Aberfeldy for secondary education with a wider selection of schools in Perth. Perth is approximately 12 miles away and provides a full range of general services associated with a City. The major cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh are within a 90 minute drive. The Dunkeld and Birnam Railway Station is a 5-minute walk from the property.
Of traditional stone construction under a pitched slate roof, this characterful Victorian building and manse house dates from 1866 and is Class B listed. Jessie Mac’s is a substantial end of terrace villa which is deceptively spacious with accommodation being laid out across three floors plus an attic story. Most areas of the property benefit from double or secondary glazing and have been extensively modernised in recent years.
Access to the property is from street level which leads into a spacious vestibule which in turn leads to a spacious hallway. An attractive staircase arrives at the first floor where the guest lounge is found. This spacious room is set to soft furnishings and benefits from an open gas fire which has an attractive marble hearth and wooden mantle. This room has a turret seating area. Further along the corridor is the guest dining room which is set to communal dining tables and comfortably seats 21 covers. This room is also often used as a meeting room for guests to plan their day’s activities and well as being used for breakfasts and evening meals for those guests cooking for themselves in the guest kitchen which is located off a spur corridor. The guest kitchen is superbly appointed and presented with floor and wall mounted units, fitted appliances including 2 double ovens and hobs, 3 fridges, 1 mini freezer, 2 sinks, plus a wide range of smaller equipment items and utensils.
The letting accommodation is set over 3 floors and have a wide range of quality facilities. Every room is well appointed and decorated to a high standard. All rooms can be let on a B&B or self-catering basis. The bunk beds are extra sturdy to cope with adult usage. All rooms have TVs, hair dryers, kettles and modern en-suites. This flexible business offers a variety of accommodation options as below:
Room 1 (Lyon) - Double room with disabled wheel chair access with a partially adapted en-suite shower room. This room has a door providing access from the main street.
Room 2 (Clova) - 2 x bunk beds with en-suite shower room
Room 3 (Prosen) – 1 x bunk beds with en-suite shower room
Room 4 (Almond) - Double room with en-suite shower room
Room 5 (Isla) - Double room with en-suite shower room
Room 6 (Shee) - Group room - (1x double bed & 1x bunk bed) with en-suite bathroom with shower over
Room 7 (Schiehallion) - Group room (1x double, 1x single and 1x bunk bed) with en-suite shower room.
STAFF / OWNERS ACCOMMODATION
There is an owner’s double bedroom with en-suite facilities on the ground floor with private access from the rear of the subjects. There is also a lounge on the first floor with a private kitchen. Two additional spacious modernised attic bedrooms with private shower/wc can serve as staff accommodation.
There is a laundry room off the owner’s bedroom which has a washing machine and gas tumbler dryer. Throughout the building is ample storage and there is also substantial attic storage above the kitchens and owner’s lounge.
With excellent signage, Jessie Macs has a prominent trading location. There is street level access to the front door. To the rear is a spacious garden mainly laid to block paving with a vehicular access and driveway. Within the grounds are two sturdy sheds; one is fully insulated with power and light and used as a drying room and the other as a secure bike shed. There is a further utility shed and and a built-in under stair dog kennel/storage space. Parking is on-road parking; there are ample spaces for guests; there is private owners parking to the rear.
The property benefits from mains electricity, gas, water and drainage. Central heating and hot water is gas fired. The business complies with environmental health requirements and has a new fire alarm system. The property has Wi-Fi throughout.