The lease of the Blue Shed Café presents a rare opportunity to operate an affordable and established lifestyle business in a most outstanding setting; the extant lease runs until 31st Oct 2030. The café is in a sublime trading location with views to lochs and hills offering a stunning backdrop. The building was constructed in 2001 and named The Blue Shed Café in 2005, since then it has successfully traded as a café. A simple to operate venture providing a solid income from seasonal trading, the café enjoys a strong reputation with both visitors to Skye and also the local community. Throughout the season there is a great demand for the cafe’s services with a high level of regular and repeat trade.
The café has been sensibly developed and improved by the current operators who both take a role in the business. The building is of a timber frame and wooden clad construction extending to around 49m2 with a disabled access ramp. The café is laid to open plan seating, with free-standing pine tables and chairs to accommodate 28 covers internally with an area of decking outside comprising bench seating and tables and chairs for a further 22 customers.
The servery counter houses a coffee machine, drinks dispenser and electronic till system. The café offers a range of quality home-made baked items which are attractively displayed plus a range of snacks and beverages. The business also sells a small range of ancillary items such as greetings cards etc. The compact kitchen / preparation area is suitable for the operation at hand. There is a modern and bright toilet suitable for disabled guests. There is also ample storage space plus car parking.
Operating on a seasonal basis, opening at Easter and closing in October, the business trades 6 days a week during the peak Summer months and 5 days in the shoulder months. Trading from 10:30am to 5pm (Midday to 5 pm Sunday), the business has the capacity to expand its operation to include light evening meals which are in great demand from the many people who stay at camp sites, self-catering and B&B outlets locally. Many people who stay on Skye visit the café as a destination stop in its own right. The present configuration of the café allows for the serving of up to 50 customers internally and externally, plus a number of individuals who utilise the café as a takeaway service. The business offers a wide selection of quality freshly prepared light menu options and an array of home-baked items with many gluten free, vegetarian and vegan dishes; the proprietors also try to use Fair Trade goods wherever possible. The shop sells a selection of gifts, cards, maps and framed photographs.
The business is set in an idyllic location offering a sublime outlook from the picture windows with views to the Cullin Mountains and along Loch Slapin. The café offers a comfortable and welcoming ambience within a charming setting. The business has a strong reputation and features on various websites including its own, along with an active Facebook page (Web: blueshedcafe.co.uk and Facebook: en-gb.facebook.com/BlueShedCafe/). The café offers an easy to operate trading model generating turnover below the VAT threshold whilst producing a sound level of profitability. There is scope to increase trade through the extension of opening hours. The current owners take a hands-on role and are supported by seasonally employed local part-time staff, as required.
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 visitors. The Blue Shed Café is a fantastic lifestyle business set in a breath-taking location near the village of Torrin on the Isle of Skye nestling close to the head of Loch Slapin, a narrow sea loch in South-West Skye.
Set being overlooked by Blaven and others within the world famous Cuillin mountain range, the Café lies between the settlements of Broadford (5 miles) to the North and Elgol (8 miles) to the south of the property. This unique location enjoys fantastic views of sea and mountains, with an open vista allowing views up and down the sea loch as well as up to Blaven, Belig, and the Red Cuillin. Key peaks within the area include Beinn Dearg Mhor 709m; Beinn Dearg Bheag 582m; Bla Bheinn (Blaven), 928m; Clach Glas,786m; Garbh-bheinn, 808m; Gars-Bheinn, 895m and Sgurr nan Each, 720m. There is a network of low-level, coastal and mountain footpaths within the vicinity of the café which makes this a most popular tourist destination. The village of Elgol is also hugely popular as a tourist destination, as well as having a fishing harbour which is also the starting point for sea-trips into the Cuillins, and the Small Isles.
The Isle of Skye is a spectacular place to visit not only because of the scenery but also for its fantastic wildlife including golden and sea eagles, otters, seals, deer, sharks and whales. The nearby village of Broadford offers a wide range of facilities including shops, supermarket, fuel station, hospital, medical facilities, hotels and restaurants. Primary schooling is provided in Elgol, with secondary and college education provided in Portree. The café is ideally situated to refresh hungry walkers undertaking the Skye Trail and those simply undertaking an odyssey of Skye and appreciating the stunning landscapes.
REASON FOR SALE
The café was purchased by the current proprietors in 2009 and they have built up an attractive business with a strong reputation. This attractive and affordable business is profitable offering a true lifestyle operation. The owners have decided to present this opportunity to the market allowing them to focus on their other interests and employment options.
The Blue Shed Café is a single storey timber framed and wooden clad property. Under pitched metal profile sheet roof, the building is easy to maintain and operate. Built in 2001, the property is well-presented and extends to around 49m2, with excellent branding and signage. The café is accessed via a ramp affording disabled access. Through double doors is the open plan café and servery area. This bright and airy space provides a wonderful ambience with double aspect picture windows offering stunning views. From the café is a door leading to a well-appointed unisex and disabled W.C. An open doorway leads to the rear kitchen area which includes wall and floor-mounted units and is well-equipped with an electric cooker, dishwasher, stainless steel sink and wash hand basin.
There is a gravel car park which can accommodate up to 10 vehicles. Access is via a metal farm gate. Externally the café has a decking area and ample grounds for customers to take their refreshments alfresco.
The premises are fully compliant with Environmental Health regulations. The business benefits from mains electricity and water. Drainage is through a septic tank. Cooking is all electric. The property is double glazed and uses free-standing electric heaters.
OWNERS / STAFF ACCOMMODATION
There is no owner’s accommodation with this property.