Outstanding opportunity to purchase a ’B’ listed Scottish castle hotel located within the popular town of Dornoch.
Dornoch Castle was built around 1500 as the home of the Bishops of Caithness. Bishop Robert Stewart gifted the castle to John Gordon, 11th Earl of Sutherland in 1557. In 1570 the castle was set alight in a feud between the McKays and Murrays. The rebuilding which followed included the addition of the upper part of the tower. The castle decayed during the 18th century, but was restored in 1813–1814 to serve as a school and jail. In 1859-60 it became a court house, and was made the headquarters of the Sheriff of Sutherland.
Further alterations were made around 1880, including the heightening of the south-west block, and the addition of a three-storey east tower.
Following the restoration the castle became a hunting lodge for visiting sportsmen. In 1947 it became a hotel. The castle is a category B listed building.
The property is constructed of stone and slate with a more modern extension at the rear. Particular features of the castle are a 5-storey tower at the south west side and large chimney dating from the 1500s on the south side. The Castle became a hotel in 1947 and great care has been taken to preserve the historic character of the building. The current owners are only the 3rd since 1947.
Below is a brief description of the accommodation.
The restaurant is conservatory style and has space for up to 90 covers, which looks into the attractive walled garden.
Bar - The bar, is popular with both hotel guests and locals alike and has a large selection of malt whiskies and a spectacular original open fire place. The walls are also 15th Century stonework.
There are 25 en-suite rooms in total, comprising 10 deluxe rooms in the older parts of the building, 12 garden rooms in the modern extension, and 3 chalet type rooms.
The rooms in the older part of the building have stunning architectural features and are fitted out to a luxurious level including hand carved four poster beds, 3 with Jacuzzi baths and 2 with open fires.
The property contains a modern kitchen, cellar, dry store, storage rooms, laundry and a management office together with ladies, gentleman and disabled WC’s.
There is parking to the side and rear of the hotel for guests as well as limitless free street parking. There is an attractive walled garden to the rear of the hotel which is popular for marquees and weddings.
Sales for the year ended June 2013 show sales of £1,007,467 (ex VAT). Fully audited accounts are available to those genuinely interested after viewing the business. Please contact the selling agents for more details.
Our clients have owned the hotel since 2000 and have restored this historic building to its former glory. The business has a reputation for quality of hospitality and friendly professional service. Given the proximity to Royal Dornoch Golf Course the hotel continues to attract worldwide clientele attracted by playing one of the world’s top golf courses. The local area is ever popular with tourists and outdoor enthusiasts. The hotel is also sought after as a wedding venue and there is capacity for up to 180 guests with the use of a marquee in the walled garden.
The accommodation, food and beverage and wedding trade has proved to be a successful mix of business shown by the healthy turnover and profits. There is however the additional attraction of planning consents being in place for extra rooms, restaurant and spa facilities.
The sale of the Dornoch Castle Hotel provides a fantastic opportunity potentially for a couple already within the trade looking to move up the ladder to a high quality establishment, a corporate boutique hotel style operator or an investor purchasing a profitable business with the added attraction of golf and the Kudos of owning a highland castle. There may also be the opportunity for a change of use to private apartments, residential property or a private members club.
Mains electricity and drainage.
There was a new 250kw biomass heating system installed in 2010 and is designed to cope with any future development of the hotel. This would enable future owners to benefit from the Renewable Heat Incentive programme.
The business is offered for sale on an absolute ownership (freehold equivalent) basis.
The Rateable Value was £75,000 for the year commencing April 2010.
EPC Rating – D
• 25 en-suite bedrooms
• Bar and restaurant
• Walled garden
• Historic Property dating from 15th century
• Full Service hotel
• Outstanding business opportunity
• Popular with International Golfers
• Planning consent for an 11 bedroom / small spa / 70 cover bistro extension
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