First class chance to post profits

Country house hotel with links to Robert Burns up for sale

Friars Carse

A HISTORIC Dumfriesshire hotel, which was once used as a convalescence and holiday guest house for post office workers, is on the market for the first time in 80 years.

The 21-bedroom Friars Carse Country House Hotel in the rural village of Auldgirth is set in over 30 acres of private grounds and has been owned and operated by The Post Office Fellowship of Remembrance under the Classic Hotels brand since 1938.

The property has strong links with Scotland’s most famous poet and is part of the Robert Burns Heritage Trail, as the bard is alleged to have met with friends and composed poetry in the small Hermitage building on the Friars Carse Estate.

In addition to its letting rooms, the property is said to have an “excellent range” of public rooms, including a 46-cover restaurant, lounge bar and snooker room.

Also included in the sale are three cottages, two semi-detached self-catering cottages and Beech Cottage, a detached two-bedroom building, which is described as “ideal” for owner’s accommodation; there’s also a secluded salmon fishing spot on the River Nith as well as a walled garden.

A rare opportunity to acquire a country house hotel in an easily accessible location.

The business, which recorded a net turnover of close to £1 million in the financial year ending March 2018, is a popular wedding venue, with 46 weddings booked at the hotel in 2018.

Alistair Letham, a director at Colliers International, said: “This is a rare opportunity to acquire a prosperous country house hotel in an easily accessible location.

“The property is an established and successful commercial hotel, which has scope for further day-to-day business and property expansion.”

The hotel is on the market for offers over £1.85 million.