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Business / Drumquin becomes latest accommodation property on the market

ANOTHER local accommodation property has gone on the market after Drumquin Guest House was put up for sale.

Owners Leslie Anderson and Robert Webster said after nearly 10 years the time was right to look for “new challenges and opportunities”.

The 10-bedroom guest house and restaurant in Brae has a guide price of £375,000.

It is the latest accommodation property in Shetland to go on the market, following the Brae Hotel, the Grand Hotel, the Queens Hotel, the Scalloway Hotel and Herrislea House.

The Pierhead bar and restaurant is also up for sale, with Lerwick restaurant The String recently closed.

Anderson and Webster stressed that they had already made up their minds to sell Drumquin prior to the coronavirus crisis bringing the hospitality sector to a halt.

They said that a decade ago they had taken on a “well-run and established business” that mainly provided accommodation for the oil industry and diversified it by branching out into the tourism market.

Dining for non-residents has also proved popular.

“We are proud of the growth we have been able to achieve at Drumquin over the past decade, but we could not have managed this without all the fantastic staff that have been with us,” the owners said.

“We now feel it is time to give someone new the opportunity to make their mark at Drumquin.

“Like all tourism and catering businesses, we are currently closed due to Covid-19 but our accommodation bookings for 2020 were healthy and we are already accepting bookings for 2021.

“Brae proves to be a popular location for those looking to explore the north isles and the mainland, and we benefit from much repeat business. We look forward to continuing with business as usual after the Covid-19 has subsided.”

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