The Scotsman

Lochside lo­ca­tion of­fers a shore thing

● Estab­lished Loch Linnhe hol­i­day let busi­ness is an op­por­tu­nity to tap into pop­u­lar­ity of the UK’S stay­ca­tion trend

- Recreation · Travel · Fort William · United Kingdom · Oban · Islay · Scotland

A timely op­por­tu­nity to cap­i­talise on the cur­rent ‘stay­ca­tion’ boom, brought about by Covid-19 travel restric­tions, has arisen with the sale of a well-estab­lished hol­i­day rental busi­ness on an at­trac­tive lochside lo­ca­tion near Fort Wil­liam.

With in­creas­ing num­bers of UK holidaymak­ers fore­go­ing the con­fu­sion and risk of jet­ting off to for­eign parts, a trend which looks cer­tain to con­tinue, this could be the per­fect time to se­cure healthy re­turns from a pre­mium short-term let­tings site.

The Cuilcheann­a Cot­tages busi­ness, brought to mar­ket by Bell In­gram for of­fers over £625,000, com­prises four self-ca­ter­ing cot­tages and two car­a­vans, and en­joys a prom­i­nent po­si­tion by Loch Linnhe in the pop­u­lar High­land vil­lage of Onich.

Prox­im­ity to Fort Wil­liam means that the site can be eas­ily lo­cated by tourists, drawn by un­spoilt views of the loch and Beinn a’bhei­thir.

Guests have Onich’s café, ho­tel, pub and restaurant­s on their doorstep, and easy ac­cess to the Ard­na­mur­chan Penin­sula and the nearby coastal town of Oban, which of­fers them fre­quent car fer­ries to the He­bridean is­lands of Mull, Iona, Colon­say, Is­lay and Barra.

Set along­side the hol­i­day lets is a five-bed­room fam­ily home, which gives po­ten­tial buy­ers the op­por­tu­nity to live and work on site.

Bell In­gram de­scribes the property as hav­ing “stun­ning views” and be­ing “taste­fully dec­o­rated”, and has set a price of of­fers over £420,000 for the home.

An­drew Fuller, an agent for the property man­age­ment com­pany, says: “This is a unique op­por­tu­nity for buy­ers look­ing for a life­style

change that is com­mer­cially vi­able.

“With the pop­u­lar­ity of tour­ing hol­i­days, such as the North Coast 500, the rental model in Scot­land has changed over the last few years. We are now see­ing tourists opt­ing for short­ert­erm lets, as op­posed to the tra­di­tional one or two

week stays, re­sult­ing in the op­por­tu­nity to in­crease net rev­enue from a hol­i­day-let property.

“With Cuilcheann­a Cot­tages be­ing si­t­u­ated in such a prom­i­nent po­si­tion on Scot­land’s stun­ning west coast, there is an op­por­tu­nity to make a healthy in­come from this ven­ture.”

Swal­low Cot­tage was the first hol­i­day let estab­lished on the site. It is a tra­di­tional barn con­ver­sion and has twobed­rooms with en­suites, one spe­cially equipped for peo­ple with mo­bil­ity is­sues, an open­plan kitchen-din­ing area with a dou­ble-height de­sign, and a lounge area with its own mez­za­nine.

In­cluded in the sale is an ad­join­ing barn, which has the po­ten­tial for con­ver­sion to ad­di­tional ac­com­mo­da­tion, and there is an ad­ja­cent area set aside as a laun­dry room, which would be a good in­cen­tive to of­fer tourists look­ing to en­joy the many out­door ac­tiv­i­ties in the lo­cal­ity.

The three re­main­ing cot­tages – Ash, Birch and Rowan – are sin­gle-storey with two bed­rooms and built on an el­e­vated po­si­tion with ex­ten­sive views across the loch. Each has an open-plan lounge-kitchen liv­ing space and have re­cently had their in­te­ri­ors and roofs ren­o­vated.

This means any buyer look­ing to con­tinue the hol­i­day rental busi­ness can hit the ground run­ning.

As well as the hol­i­day cot­tages, two static car­a­vans are lo­cated in the grounds, of­fer­ing ad­di­tional ac­com­mo­da­tion that has proved pop­u­lar with vis­i­tors. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact An­drew Fuller on 07717 203082 or e-mail an­drew. fuller@bellingram.co.uk

 ??  ?? The busi­ness of­fers four self-ca­ter­ing cot­tages and two car­a­vans on the banks of Loch Linnhe
The busi­ness of­fers four self-ca­ter­ing cot­tages and two car­a­vans on the banks of Loch Linnhe

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