‘Thriving’ pub close to Macbeth castle up for sale
FANS of the works of William Shakespeare might be interested in a village inn located near ‘Macbeth’s castle’, which has just come onto the market. Described as a “thriving” pub business, The George Inn in Ardersier (pictured below) is close to Cawdor Castle, which is perhaps best known for its literary connection to Macbeth, who was named Thane of Cawdor in the tragedy. The inn is also near Culloden battlefield and Fort George, which are said to draw more than 100,000 visitors a year.
David Pickering, of selling agent Bruce & Co, said the business, which has a price tag of offers over £349,950, offers scope for expansion. “At the moment, the pub trades throughout the year purely from wet sales, but there is the opportunity to introduce food given that it already has a purpose-built commercial kitchen with extensive service areas,” he said. “The George Inn is located in a stunning, historical location and we are delighted to bring it to the market.”
Nearby, the agent is also marketing Glenan Lodge in Tomatin (pictured above), on the outskirts of the Cairngorms National Park. The guest house, which has its own fishing rights on the River Findhorn, has seven en suite bedrooms and a bar specialising in malt whisky from nearby distilleries. Pickering said there’s scope to increase turnover by converting an existing ‘granny flat’ into self-catering accommodation and utilising a further single room.
“This delightful traditional Highland guesthouse is ready for someone to walk straight in and make an immediate lifestyle switch,” he said. “We do not expect it to stay on the market long due to its stunning location and beautiful presentation.” Glenan Lodge is on the market with an asking price of £450,000.
Bruce & Co is also handling the sale of Morar House Hotel. Located on the Road to the Isles, Morar House Hotel was built in 1902 and counts composer and poet Sir Arnold Bax among past guests. The hotel has a restaurant, bar and 30 bedrooms, 16 of which overlook the Morar River Estuary, while the remaining 14 offer views of the Craig Mhor mountains and the steam train. Pickering said he expects a high level of interest in the hotel, which has an asking price of £550,000. “The sale of the Morar House Hotel offers a rare opportunity to purchase a high quality, beautifully presented Highland hotel which is trading extremely successfully but with potential for expansion of the property and business,” he said. “We are delighted to bring the hotel and its truly stunning location to the market.”