Take the wheel at village hotel

Rural hostelry said to offer scope for further growth

A HOTEL at the heart of the Dumfries & Galloway village that is the birthplace of Formula One driver David Coulthard is up for sale.

The Star Hotel in Twynholm, two miles north of Kirkudbright, is described as a “community hub”, with a 30-cover public bar which is said to be regularly used by locals, a restaurant/lounge bar area, three en suite letting rooms and a south-facing beer garden; there’s also four-bedroom owner’s accommodation.

Peter Seymour, head of licensed trade and leisure at property agent Graham & Sibbald, which is handling the sale, said the hotel’s 40-cover restaurant has established a “unique selling point” by offering a “simple menu” which is 95% gluten-free and caters for other special dietary requirements.

Marketing the rooms could provide a significant increase in turnover.

The food is said to attract diners from a wide area, including Dumfries and Glasgow; the business also offers a “growing takeaway service for locals”.

The letting rooms are currently marketed through bookings websites, with the property agent describing them as “very well-presented and underutilised”.

“If a successful hotelier was to look at the marketing of the rooms then this could provide a significant increase in the turnover of the business,” said Graham & Sibbald in a statement.

“The business is well-supported by the locals who regularly use the public bar. The bar area is very well-presented and provides a relaxing area with room to stand or sit around an open fire.”
The Star Hotel is on the market at offers in the region of £295,000.