School’s in session with village eatery

Property includes five-bedroom owner’s house

Old schoolhouse
• The Old Schoolhouse currently trades 45 weeks per year.

A FORMER village primary school turned restaurant and tearoom in Ringford near Castle Douglas has come onto the market.

The Old Schoolhouse, for sale through Christie & Co, is currently operated by David and Caroline Lawrie, who offer a range of home-cooked meals and baking.
The 60-cover restaurant is currently open 45 weeks of the year, closing in January and for two weeks in late autumn; it trades seven days a week in July and August. The selling agent claims there could be potential to grow revenues by increasing the trading hours.

The business performs on an exceptionally profitable basis.

Owner’s accommodation at The Old Schoolhouse is located next to the restaurant, in the former headmaster’s house.
The building has five bedrooms, two reception lounges and a ‘country style’ kitchen as well as bathrooms on both the ground and first floors.
The property is set in its own 180-foot garden with a greenhouse and storage as well as a car park.
Barry McNeil of Christie & Co said The Old Schoolhouse presents “an excellent opportunity to acquire a very well-performing business that has been in our clients’ hands since 2006”.
“The business performs on an exceptionally profitable basis, trading for a 45-week period each year,” he said.
The Old Schoolhouse is on the market at offers over £495,000 plus stock at valuation.