Thurso business said to offer scope for development
A NEW owner is being sought for a hotel on the north coast of Scotland which is said to offer scope for further development.
Located 18 miles west of Thurso overlooking the Pentland Firth, the Melvich Hotel has 12 en suite letting bedrooms, a 40-cover restaurant and lounge bar; there’s also a public bar and games room with a pool table, jukebox, dartboard and fruit machine, which is said to be popular with locals.
The property, which dates from the 1830s, also has a 120-capacity function room and a cocktail bar, which is not currently in use and is said to offer scope for development into a coffee shop.
Selling agent Bruce & Co said the three-star hotel attracts a broad clientele, from tourists drawn by the dramatic coastline to sports enthusiasts.
The area boasts a number of watersports, including surfing and body boarding, and hosts the WQS Six Star and O’Neill Highland Open surfing events. There are also a number of tracks for mountain bikers and fishing in the Strath Halladale area.
Other visitor attractions include the RSPB Nature Reserve at Forsinard and a number of art and craft galleries.
Jayne Adamson at Bruce & Co said she expects the business to attract a high level of interest from potential buyers.
“The hotel is an extremely busy business that has been refurbished to high modern standards,” she said. “There is huge scope for expansion given that the hotel currently only trades for seven months of the year – although the public bar is open all year round and has good support from the locals.”
Bruce & Co is marketing the hotel with a price tag of offers over £579,995 for the freehold.
Image – Life on the edge: the 12-bedroom hotel overlooks Melvich Bay and the Pentland Firth.