Brae Fasach is a most attractive and well-maintained property enjoying an elevated position with truly fantastic vistas to Loch Bay encompassing the many islands on view and the Outer Hebrides. The property has three main elements; a 4-bedroom house, a 2-bedroom self-catering unit and the Brae Fasach Gallery and Café. These attributes combine to make a genuinely wonderful lifestyle business but also a comfortable home.
The current owners take pride in maintaining their charming home and business to a high standard thus bringing it to the market as a ‘walk-in proposition’. The level of amenity space both internally and in the available external aspects has been maximised.
The present owners purchased Brae Fasach in 2002 and have enjoyed a rewarding and successful lifestyle to date. They have traded their business in a leisurely manner through choice which has enabled them to enjoy the benefits of living in one of the most popular areas of Scotland and Skye. It is their desire to semi-retire that brings this charming property and venture to the market.
Trading from a most prominent location, the business operates as a quality art gallery and small cafe with additional income being generated through the self-catering unit. Trading at a modest level by personal preference, new owners would have the capacity to trade three (2 en-suite) bedrooms within the house as letting accommodation. The gallery sells a range of art related matter such as oil paintings, water colours, photos and pottery much of which is generated by our clients. Should new owners wish to continue to sell our clients paintings going forward, a commission basis arrangement could be agreed.
Accommodation occupancy on Skye during the main season (Easter to October) is at a high level with no or little availability during the peak times. Due to the sustainable tourist activity the accommodation could generate a Fair Maintainable Trade of around £60,000. Tourism, a key driver of trade, includes the many guests who fish, undertake walking and climbing holidays or partake in a more sedate excursion of the Island taking in the many sites and historical features. The business operates to a modest level with genuine scope to increase turnover. The property is well-signposted and is supported by a website (www.braefasach.co.uk).
Where new owners were not inclined to operate the Gallery / Café, there is development potential to turn this building into further letting accommodation which is in great demand during the peak season. The current owners had previously obtained planning permission for a one and a half storey house where the gallery stands; the reference for this application is 04/00260/FULSL dated 14 Jun 2004. This planning application has lapsed however the vendor’s do not anticipate there to be any issues if new proprietors wish to reinstate it.
The Isle of Skye, or in Scots Gaelic 'Eilean A Cheo' meaning Misty Isle, is located on the north western coast of Scotland and is a world-renowned holiday destination for a great number of reasons, appealing to a wide range of people. The nearby Cuillin Mountains exude an ongoing magnetism to walkers and climbers alike. Fishing, water sports and genealogy are constant attractions whilst breath-taking scenery, castles, distilleries and a Highland welcome lure a regular stream of UK and foreign visitors to this special Island. Brae Fasach’s location on Skye enables it to capitalise upon these and many more business drivers which combine to provide a potential year-round trading platform.
The property is set in generous garden grounds offering spellbinding views of Loch Bay to the Minch and to North and South Uist on the horizon, leading up to Harris and Lewis in the distance. Waternish Peninsula extends for about 7 miles and is situated between Loch Dunvegan and Loch Snizort. The hamlet of Waternish offers a local pottery, a Skye yarn company and a popular family-run sheepskin business. Waternish is an ideal retreat for coastal walks, wildlife and relaxing whilst enjoying the breath-taking views. The renowned Loch Bay Restaurant and Stein Inn are both within walking distance of Brae Fasach. Waternish is also becoming known in its own right for its 'Dark Skies' and people stay during the autumn and winter months to experience the Aurora Borealis. This is not only a popular tourist area but is also a much sought after residential location. The peninsula has a variety of accommodation to offer, from bed and breakfasts to self-catering cottages which means that the area is busy in the main summer season, ensuring a steady stream of passing trade. Nearby is Dunvegan Castle (8 miles) which is a popular attraction in its own right. Portree, the capital town of the Isle of Skye is only 21 miles away and offers extensive shopping, leisure and entertainment facilities. Primary education is available at Knockbreck Primary School, while secondary education is available at Portree High School.
Of modern construction, built in 1986, Brae Fasach is a substantial detached villa over two floors with a pitched roof. The gallery and café are situated in a detached building and are set over a single floor extending to around 54m2. With numerous outbuildings, the subjects are deceptively spacious offering scope for new owners to change the trading model if desired.
LIVING / LETTING ACCOMMODATION
Entry to the main house is via a front vestibule and thereafter through an inner door is a spacious reception hallway. This hallway provides access to the dining room to the left and the kitchen / lounge to the right. Also from here is a family bathroom which has pine cladding with white units. The stairs leading to the first floor also feature some pine cladding. The dining room is currently used as a generalist room but was previously utilised as a guest dining room when the house operated as a bed and breakfast. The dining room offers water views to the front. The owners utilise the large kitchen as a lounge and dining area. This cosy area benefits from a large picture window and a solid fuel stove set in a recess with hearth. The kitchen is modern featuring a Belfast sink with attractive granite work surfaces, spacious units, modern appliances and ample storage space. To the rear of the main house is a utility room and additional access.
Stairs lead to the first floor and the 4 bedrooms. Bedroom 1 is a large double with fitted wardrobes and outstanding views; indeed all fist floor rooms have views to Loch Bay. Room 1 also has an en-suite shower room. Room 2 is a standard room with wash-hand basin and towel rail. Room 3 is currently being utilised as an office but has a wash hand basin and towel rail. Both rooms 2 and 3 have use of a shower room immediately across the hallway. Room 4 is substantial bedroom with an en-suite shower room. This spacious and bright room could easily be configured to a family letting room if so desired.
The self-catering unit is accessed either from the dining room within the main house, through the rear door or via the conservatory. The conservatory benefits from underfloor heating and is set to the side of the building offering superlative views of Loch Bay and beyond. Set to soft furnishings with a tiled floor, this is a most popular retreat for guests after a busy days activities. Off the conservatory is the lounge with laminate flooring and a loch facing window. The kitchen / dining room is accessed from the lounge plus through a further door leading into the main house. The kitchen is well-presented with a good range of fitted units, tiled floor and has all the necessary facilities to make guests stays enjoyable. The dining area is set to table and chairs with laminate floor covering. Off the dining area is the family shower room with a large shower unit and white units. In addition there is a small utility cupboard for general storage. To the rear of the building are the two bedrooms which are configured to a double and a single. The double room has fitted wardrobes and views to the side of the property. A small corridor leads to the rear entrance.
GALLERY AND CAFE
The Brae Fasach Gallery and Café are detached from the main property and extend to around 54m2. Set to an open plan configuration, the main display area for art works is seen upon entry via a double glazed door. The art work is exhibited on the external walls with some items being displayed in free-standing units. Through the main sales area is the café servery and tables for customers to take refreshments. The café serves mainly prepared items as it does not have an extraction unit to cook food to order. There is a unisex disable W.C. off the main customer area. Associated with the gallery is a workshop building plus a separate room with a kiln.
With excellent signage, Brae Fasach is a substantial property and benefits from a most beautiful setting. The main frontage of the building has a prominent roadside location and offers easy access with a driveway to off-road parking. There are excellent established gardens to the front set to bushes / shrubs and a lawn area. There is also a significant garden area set to the side and rear of the subjects mainly laid to lawns for ease of maintenance. There are 5 parking spaces adjacent to the gallery and the self-catering unit has its own dedicated parking space. In addition to the work-shop and kiln room there is a large shed providing a good level of storage for bikes etc. plus a secondary shed. A polytunnel is also located within the grounds behind the gallery.
The property benefits from mains electricity and water plus private drainage. Both heating and hot water is electric. The property has Wi-Fi throughout. The buildings are double glazed.