Callater Lodge is a Victorian shooting lodge enjoying a prominent location within the increasingly popular village of Braemar. This is a must view property for the discerning buyer wishing to own a prestigious home and outstanding lifestyle venture. The vendors have significantly upgraded and improved their property to a very high standard, offering a genuine walk-in proposition. The six ensuite letting bedrooms are decorated to an exceptional standard, demonstrating a great eye for detail and style. There is a large amount of amenity space, both internally and within the garden grounds. Callater Lodge was awarded the Visit Scotland Four Star Gold accreditation in 2016 and was the 2017 winner of the Aberdeen City and Shire Most Hospitable Guesthouse. The present owners bought Callater Lodge in 2014 and have developed a rewarding and successful business. They now wish to refocus their attentions on their other business ventures, and therefore offer this attractive business, home and income opportunity to the market.
This is a popular and well-respected guest house with an outstanding reputation. It benefits from a mix of clients returning each year, bespoke tour operators bringing new clients and independent travellers. Visitors enjoy walking and climbing in the many glens and hills, skiing, golf, fishing, or excursions through Royal Deeside, enjoying local distilleries, castles and scenery. A significant draw to the area is Balmoral Castle, the private estate belonging to the royal family, only eight miles east of Braemar.
The current owners have chosen to operate just below the VAT threshold and this model provides a good level of profitability. This allows the owners to run Callater Lodge seasonally, although other business models could be brought in - for instance, trading year round to take advantage of the ski season and utilising web-based booking sites. Callater Lodge currently holds an alcohol license and its menu includes an extensive list of Scottish whiskies and gins.
The location of this beautiful building ensures that it is easy to identify for those who have booked via the internet and for the passer-by seeking accommodation. The business is well supported by a new and well-structured website, www.callaterlodge.co.uk and booking engine.
Braemar is in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, surrounded by spectacular mountain and forest scenery, and is habitat to abundant wildlife. Braemar is approached from the south or east on the A93 and is approximately 55 miles west of Aberdeen, 55 miles north of Perth and Dundee and 90 miles north of Edinburgh.
Braemar can be approached by foot from Glen Tilt, Glen Feshie, Glen Dee and Glen Derry. These routes attract a great many walkers and climbers to the area. Equally, many tourists enjoy their journey through the Highlands appreciating the beautiful surroundings. The area has an abundance of wildlife including red squirrels - many live in the Callater Lodge Scots Pines - golden eagles and red and roe deer.
The Braemar Gathering, regarded as one of the important events in the Highland games calendar, is supported by the royal family who attend every year. The village has an active business community, which organises events to encourage tourism during shoulder months. These include the Braemar Mountain Festival in March and the Braemar Creative Arts Festival in October.
Braemar has a good range of independent and boutique shops as well as some fine places to eat out. There is a constant diary of activities in this vibrant community such as photography and art exhibitions, talks, films, ceilidhs and food events. The local amenities include a well-respected primary school - high schooling is in Aboyne.
Of traditional Victorian design and granite construction, Callater Lodge is a substantial detached villa, stone built under a pitched slate roof. The property is spacious with accommodation laid out across two floors and has been extensively modernised to a high standard by the present owners.
Entry to the property is via a substantial solid outer door which leads into a vestibule and thereafter through an inner door. The spacious hallway exudes the character and charm which is so well reflected throughout the property, of note is the original cornicing, skirting, and dado rails and high ceilings. To the left of the hallway is a bright guest dining room which is laid for six tables and can easily be adjusted for group sizes and functions. This beautifully proportioned room has a bay window affording plenty of natural light. The guest sitting room, situated on the right of the hallway, has a wood burning stove on a slate hearth with stone surround. This cosy room, with its high quality furnishings and bay window, is a welcoming room for guests to relax after their day.
Off the main hallway, stairs with a deep-pile wool carpet and wooden banister and balustrades lead to the first floor and the letting bedrooms.
The guest house has six superior ensuite bedrooms which currently sleep twelve. Bedrooms are equipped with guest amenities such as tea and coffee making facilities, complimentary toiletries, digital televisions, hairdryers and bathrobes. All rooms are presented to an exceptionally high standard and are configured as follows:
Clova - King size four poster bed with sofa, ensuite bathroom with bath and shower over.
Affric - Single room with ensuite bathroom with shower.
Clunie - King size bed with sofa, ensuite bathroom with shower.
Derry - Double bed, ensuite bathroom with shower.
Ericht - Twin room with ensuite bathroom with shower.
Feshie - Family room with double and single bed, ensuite bathroom with bath and shower over.
An attractive feature of this sale is the spacious owners’ accommodation which has its own private access. On the ground floor there is a large kitchen with underfloor heating, benefiting from a wide range of modern fitted units, including a centre island, and a five ring Rangemaster cooker. The kitchen provides ample space for both business and personal use. A generously sized utility room and additional storage are located just off the kitchen. The owners enjoy a bright and spacious private sitting/dining room, equipped with wood burner in a stunning granite surround. Opposite this is an extensive drying room/store room and a private toilet.
At the rear of the lodge on the first floor is a suite of rooms including a large bedroom with bespoke storage. There is a second bedroom, currently used as an office, and a spacious family bathroom.
With excellent signage, Callater Lodge is a substantial property benefiting from a central location in the village. The main frontage of the building has a prominent location set back from the road, and offers easy access with in/out driveway and ample parking for both guest use and owners’ requirements. The substantial gardens surrounding the lodge have a mixture of lawns, mature trees and shrubs. These grounds have undoubted development potential subject to consents, but also offer much sought after amenity space. The covered patio area to the side of the house provides a private space for the owners. There is a made-to-measure shed providing ample storage for bikes, skis, firewood and gardening equipment.
The property benefits from mains electricity, water and drainage with LPG gas for cooking. The central heating, throughout the property, and the hot water system, running at mains pressure, are oil fired. The guest house complies with environmental health requirements and has a modern fire alarm system. The property is CAT5 cabled and offers Wi-Fi throughout.
Trade is presently operated just below the VAT threshold. Full accounting information will be made available to interested parties subsequent to viewing.
The business has a non-residential rateable value of £6,500 attracting a 100% discount under the small business bonus scheme in 2017 for qualifying applicants.