B&B offers room for expansion

Aberdeenshire property has planning permission for hotel

A rural Aberdeenshire bed and breakfast business with owner’s accommodation and planning consent for a 22-bedroom hotel has come onto the market.

Balmacassie House, situated north east of Ellon, currently has four letting rooms, a breakfast room and residents’ lounge; there’s also three-bedroom owner’s accommodation to the rear of the property, which is described as “spacious and expansive”, and a detached single-storey workshop, which selling agent Seymour & Clink said would be suitable for a variety of uses.
The business currently trades on a bed and breakfast basis, with rooms said to be let mainly through “word of mouth and repeat business, achieving average occupancy of 50% to 60% throughout the year”.
Property agent Seymour & Clink said there is scope for new owners to develop the business by increasing the level of advertising.
There’s also scope to significantly increase the footprint of the business, which is said to occupy an “idyllic location with panoramic views”.
The property, which has been a family home and business for the past 15 years, has detailed planning consent for a 22-bedroom hotel with public bar and restaurant, which was granted in August 2013.
“We believe that there is demand for these additional rooms in the area, if someone was willing to develop the site into a hotel,” said Seymour & Clink in a statement.
Offers over £675,000 are being sought for Balmacassie House.