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Go west for island hotel opportunity

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A HOTEL said to be the most westerly in Britain is up for sale.

Overlooking the white sands of Tangasdale Beach and the Atlantic, the Isle of Barra Beach Hotel was purpose built in 1974.
But recent renovations saw the exterior repainted, new internal fire doors and flagon roofing installed and the interior decor and furnishings upgraded.
With 39 en suite letting bedrooms, the hotel has an 80-cover restaurant, a lounge with adjacent cinema room, a 30-cover lounge bar with access to the hotel grounds, and the Halaman Bar – described as a traditional bar popular with both locals and tourists.
The property also has owner’s and staff accommodation.
Currently trading from April to October, the hotel is said to benefit from the high level of tourists who visit Barra: the island can be reached by ferry from Oban and Eriskay or by plane, though flights are subject to the tide as planes land on the beach.
The island offers a range of activities, including angling, cycling, walking and wildlife – including seals, otters, dolphins, basking sharks, porpoise, golden eagles and buzzards.
Knight Frank partner David Reid, who is handling the sale, said there’s scope for new owners to expand the business.
“Many of the hotels which I have sold on the Scottish islands have been quite small and profitability is limited,” he said.
“The Isle of Barra Beach Hotel is quite an exception and, with some 39 rooms, very large owner’s accommodation and outstanding profits, it really does offer a superb lifestyle for a couple or family.
“If new owners wished, there have also been plans drawn up to extend the hotel significantly and the views from the stunningly situated hotel are truly breathtaking.”
Offers over £950,000 are sought for the Isle of Barra Beach Hotel.

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