• A rarely available outstanding and well-established 11-bedroom small hotel in a most beautiful location.
• Superb trading position with stunning views overlooking Loch Duich, Loch Alsh, Eilean Donan Castle and to the shores of Loch Long.
• Excellent turnover with strong profit conversion rates, benefiting from year-round trade.
• Well-presented public areas and bar with magnificent Loch facing views.
• 2 bedroomed owner’s accommodation and spacious grounds with ample parking.
The Dornie Hotel is an impressive building set in a most breath-taking location with stunning views overlooking Loch Duich, Loch Alsh, Eilean Donan Castle and to the shores of Loch Long. The hotel is only a few minutes’ walk from the world famous Eilean Donan Castle which is a popular destination for many visitors to the area.
The hotel was built circa 1900 and has many exceptional features including a large fitted bar, bright and airy public rooms with beautiful views, as well as 11 letting bedrooms. The quality of the décor and fixtures and fittings reflect the care and investment made by the owners; this business is well presented and is in walk-in condition. The property also boasts 2-bedroom owner’s accommodation making this a superb home and business proposition.
The business income streams are split between the 11 letting bedrooms and the wet /food sales. The hotel trades year-round and also enjoys a good level of repeat business, thus ensuring a consistently high occupancy level. The proprietors operate a popular range of fayre catering to both tourists and the local community; the population of Dornie sits at around 350. The owners take great pride in ensuring that their guests receive a particularly warm and friendly welcome, maintaining the trading elements to a very high standard.
Tourism, a key driver of trade, includes those who undertake water sports including kayaking and diving, fishing, walking / climbing holidays or partake in a more sedate excursion of the Highlands taking in the many sites and historical features. Other visitors include ornithologists and naturalists who find an abundance of wildlife to keep them busy for an extended stay. The situation of the business is such that it is easy to locate for those who booked via the internet and the casual passer-by seeking accommodation / refreshment. The business is well-signposted and is supported by a website.
Reason for selling
The vendors purchased The Dornie Hotel in 1999 and have, since then, operated it as a rewarding and successful venture. They have invested into the property and established a sound business model. They have decided to present this opportunity to the market as they now wish to take on a new challenge.
The village of Dornie is situated close to Kyle of Lochalsh and the Skye Bridge (both approx. 9 miles) and Plockton (11 miles). Kyle has an excellent range of shops, catering establishments, facilities for visitors and services for the local population. The area is renowned as a tourist destination and is widely recognised as one of the most attractive holiday venues in the UK. The Dornie Hotel is set in one of the most stunning, rugged and un-spoilt areas of the North West Highlands of Scotland. The Hotel is located close to the Isle of Skye and the mountains in the Kintail and dramatic Glen Shiel regions; 14 of which are Munros. The north side of the glen is formed by the famous Five Sisters range and its easterly continuation; a true classic amongst ridge walks, drawing in many mountaineers.
The terrain around Dornie is surrounded by some of the most magnificent scenery found anywhere in the Highlands and with the area reading like a Who’s Who of famous and magical places, there’s little wonder that outdoor enthusiasts flock to this area from all over the world. The nearby Falls of Glomach are one of the highest and probably the most dramatic waterfalls in Britain at 370 feet high. There is diverse wildlife to be readily seen in the area, including wild deer, pine marten, buzzard, porpoise, the elusive otter and even the magnificent golden eagle.
Within the village of Dornie is the famous Eilean Donan Castle. As one of the most iconic images of Scotland, Eilean Donan is recognised all over the world. Situated on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet, surrounded by majestic scenery, it is now one of the most visited and important attractions in the Scottish Highlands. Initially inhabited around the 6th century, the first fortified castle was built in the mid-13th century and stood guard over the lands of Kintail.
The area draws in both the outdoor enthusiast and the romantic explorer. Many visitors come to view the extraordinary wildlife, some to trace their ancestors. Most enjoy the beautiful natural scenery. An array of activities including sailing, water sports, coastal cruising and fishing are all available in the region. Field sports and mountain biking are other popular pursuits and swell the number in the area during the busy summer season driving strong hospitality trade for the area.
The Dornie Hotel is a two-storey semi-detached property, stone built under slate roof dating circa 1900. A most attractive feature of the sale is the stunning location of the business with its expansive views to Loch Duich, Loch Alsh, Loch Long and Eilean Donan Castle. The hotel is fronted by the main car park in the village of Dornie but also has ample space for private parking and visitors to the rear of the subjects.
Entry to the hotel can be either directly into the bar or a separate entrance leading to the reception. From the bar entrance the main bar is located to the left-hand side and has a most attractive servery plus a separate pool room. The well-presented restaurant is situated to the right-hand side of the bar entrance and is set to 30 covers. The restaurant benefits from free-standing wooden tables and chairs which provide a charming ambience. The hotel has a popular beer garden, which is also used for alfresco dining in the warmer months, situated to the front of the property offing views overs the lochs towards the Cullin Hills. There is also a guest lounge, with an open fire, situated to the front aspects offering fantastic views.
Within the hotel are a number of rooms which are under-utilised offering scope for further development including private bar and 3 additional potential letting bedrooms; one is currently used as an office and two are not in use. Should new owners wish to trade at a higher level there is scope to increase turnover without significant additional capital outlay. These rooms could also be developed for extended family use.
The hotel has 11 letting bedrooms, 7 of which are en-suite. The rooms are located on the first floor, accessed via the reception hallway, and are configured as follows:
Room 1 - Family Room
Room 2 - Family Room
Room 4 - Single Room
Room 5 - Double Room
Room 6 - Double Room
Room 7 - Double room
Room 8 - Single Room
Room 10 - Double Room
Room 11 - Double Room
Room 12 - Twin Room
Room 12a - Twin Room
With a fully provisioned commercial kitchen and supporting storage facilities, the food production aspects of the business are of an excellent standard. The business has a separate office, cellar and linen store.
An attractive feature of the sale is the spacious owner’s accommodation which is located on the first floor. This well-presented space includes a large lounge offering exceptional views, 2 double bedrooms and a spacious bathroom with shower over bath. The owner’s accommodation benefits from its own kitchen and private access.
There is a further residential dwelling which is also available subject to separate negotiation adjacent to the hotel. This spacious home has been used as a holiday let previously and offers 3 to 4 bedrooms, 2 family bathrooms, large dining / kitchen and a lounge. The vendors would consider a lease of the property. Details are available upon request from ASG Commercial.
The hotel boasts a good level of amenity ground a substantial footprint extending to approximately 1 acre. To the rear is a large area offering ample storage sheds and parking etc. The front aspects of the business open on to the public footpaths with on-street parking immediately to the fore. The beer garden to the front is on a paved area with wooden picnic benches.
The subjects benefit from mains electricity and water. The building is heated by electric heaters/storage heaters. The hotel utilises lpg Gas for cooking and water heating. Wi-Fi is available in the downstairs public areas.