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Popular and historic business in Wester Ross is in new hands

A Highland hotel that is said to be popular with outdoor enthusiasts and cask ale drinkers has changed hands in a deal brokered by ASG Commercial.

• The Kinlochewe Hotel is situated on the recently-established North Coast 500 tourist route.

Located in Wester Ross in the north west Highlands, the Kinlochewe Hotel is situated on the North Coast 500 route – a 500-mile tourist route around the Highlands of Scotland which begins and ends at Inverness – and is said to benefit “greatly” from this newly-established tourism initiative.
Built in the mid 1800s, but with some of the hotel’s outbuildings said to date back to the 1650s, the hotel comprises nine letting rooms and a self-catering bunkhouse.

The bar is CAMRA’s reigning pub of the year for the region.

It also includes owner’s accommodation, which is set across two attic flats, as well as two bedrooms on the first floor.
The hotel’s bar is said to have built a reputation for serving high quality, locally-sourced food as well as cask ale.
It has also regularly featured in the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA)’s Good Beer Guide and is CAMRA’s reigning Highlands & Western Isles Pub of the Year for 2017.

The bar sports six hand pumps for real ale and cider, as well as a T-bar for keg products.
The business was purchased by David and Karen Twist, who intend to operate the hotel along similar lines to the previous owners.

However, they have said that they are considering the conversion of an external barn into further letting rooms.
David Twist said: “The occupancy figures in the area during the main season are exceptional and new accommodation provision will boost the area further.”

Paul Hart, director of commercial sales at ASG, added: “This is an excellent business which proved highly popular with potential purchasers; during a period of three months marketing, the owners received eight viewings and three notes of interest, with the sale concluding in April.

“We would like to wish new owners David and Karen all the best with their new venture in the Highlands.”

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