|Price||Offers over £450,000|
|Address||43 Kantersted Road, Lerwick, Shetland ZE1 0RJ|
|Agent||Harper Macleod LLP incorp. Dowle, Smith & Rutherford|
Popular, well-established Guest House business on the south side of Lerwick, the capital of Shetland, within walking distance of the shore of Breiwick Bay and the centre of town, and ideally situated as a base from which visitors can explore all that the beautiful Shetland Islands have to offer.
The business comprises a large detached house in ‘walk-into’ condition providing 9 well-appointed, en-suite letting bedrooms, all recently re-decorated to a high standard, along with a large guest lounge and dining room enjoying the fine view, and kitchen facilities, although there is scope for the upper floor, effectively a 4 bedroom bungalow, being used for owner’s accommodation with the lower floor still providing 5 rooms for B & B.
The property is offered for sale complete with all contents included allowing the new purchaser to hit the ground running from day one, with the added advantage of healthy advance bookings.
Being the capital and main town, Lerwick has plenty to offer visitors whether it is shopping on Commercial Street, Shetland Museum, Mareel Arts/Cinema Venue, or the sports facilities at Clickimin leisure centre/swimming pool which is within walking distance.
Close to the property next to Tesco’s supermarket, is Fjarå café bar, a convenient place to eat.
The Shetland Islands themselves, the most northerly part of the United Kingdom, are located approximately 100 miles north of Aberdeen and 200 miles west of Bergen, Norway.
With over 100 islands of which 12 are inhabited, Shetland is home to around 22,000 people and offers a vibrant and safe community. A daily overnight ferry service from Lerwick operated by Northlink Ferries (www.northlinkferries.co.uk) provides a sea link to mainland Scotland. Loganair (www.loganair.co.uk) operates direct flights from Sumburgh at the south end of Shetland, to Aberdeen, Edinburgh & Glasgow.
Shetland’s popularity as a visitor destination has been boosted in recent years by increasing press and TV attention, in particular the acclaimed ‘Shetland’ detective series, as well as numerous natural history programmes, all combining to put Shetland firmly on the map for tourists from throughout the UK and indeed all over the world, visitors being attracted by the peace and quiet, the dramatic and unspoilt scenery, and an abundance of wildlife, in addition to a rich cultural and heritage scene.
Music is an important part of Shetland’s identity, numerous festivals bringing in visitors who are also attracted to Lerwick’s famous Up Helly Aa procession each January.
This long established Scottish Tourist Board 3 Star Guest House has been run by the owner couple since they purchased the original property in the early 1990’s. The past 27 years have seen the couple successfully expand the business including buying the adjoining property to provide extra accommodation (the two properties are run independently each with its own accounts) with the result that Breiview, the first Guest House in Shetland to provide all en-suite accommodation, is now one of the largest Guest Houses here.
Situated at the end of a side road on the south side of Lerwick overlooking the spectacular ‘sooth mooth’ of Lerwick Harbour, the business caters for up to 25 guests, including both tourists and also regular business visitors, many providing repeat business, in 14 well-appointed rooms, all en-suite, spread throughout two adjacent properties, both in ‘walk-in condition’.
Accommodation is presently provided on a B & B basis although the provision of evening meals is certainly something that could be revived.
Over the years the main tourist season has expanded thanks to the increasingly popularity of the many events that take place in Shetland, from the Shetland Folk Festival at the end of April to Shetland Wool Week and the Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Festival in October, although commercial visitors/contractors provide business all year round. The business has already attracted a substantial number of bookings for the coming season, with a number of peak periods being fully booked [Covid restrictions permitting].
Business is generated through word of mouth, the businesses’ own website (www.breiviewguesthouse.co.uk) and booking.com
After a long career in the hospitality business the owners are now looking towards retirement and pursuing other interests.
Overall the Guest House provides a total of 14 spacious, easily accessible, en-suite letting bedrooms, each with TV’s and tea / coffee making facilities, providing sleeping accommodation for 25, split between the two properties, 9 rooms in No. 43, and 5 next door in No. 41. Wi-fi is available throughout both properties.
Although all the bedrooms are currently used by guests, there is plenty of scope for part of either property to be used as owner’s accommodation as has been the case in the past. No. 41 is currently used as ancillary accommodation to the main house but that house could potentially be used as family accommodation for a new owner, there still being a healthy number of letting rooms remaining in No. 43.
Each property sits in its own established garden area which provides plenty of outside space, No. 43 having a paved seating area to the side of the house, No. 41 having a single garage.
The business is being sold with all contents included and therefore will allow the new purchaser to get up and running from day one with the added benefit of the healthy advance bookings.
All equipment and fixtures & fittings will be included in the sale. All equipment is understood to be owned outright.
Details of accounts can be made available to seriously interested prospective purchasers after viewing.
The Rateable Values is understood to currently be £12,200 (apportioned £10,800 non-residential, £1,400 residential). Prospective purchasers should however contact Shetland Islands Council directly for confirmation.
To view telephone the sellers, Mr & Mrs Glaser directly on 01595 695956 or contact agent Robert Bell on 01595 695583.