A boutique hotel opportunity in Scotland’s emergent south-west

Just as the North Coast 500 has turned the tourism industry spotlight on long neglected parts of Scotland’s far north, a new focus on the South West 300 route aims to unlock the potential of the country’s ‘forgotten corner’ – and characterful hotels like the Kings Arms in Dalbeattie.

Described as a ‘fantastic four-bedroom boutique hotel with a roaring F&B business’, the Kings Arms is now on the market through property firm Graham + Sibbald, which said that the property offered a ‘great business opportunity for the right buyer to build upon the already stellar reputation and repeat guests’ that come with it.

Occupying a prominent plot on Dalbeattie High Street, the Kings Arms is a well-known institution serving drouthy residents and tourists alike, offering ‘an excellent range of drinks and hearty pub grub’ and boutique en-suite bedrooms.

Said G + S: “This hotel is a true gem offering a charming turn-key operation with the business benefiting from a healthy balance of tourist trade and local clientele.  The Kings Arms is an popular establishment in Dumfries and Galloway and beyond.

“The property also benefits from an impressive large restaurant bar area, perfect for hosting events, an outside terrace and a large outhouse suitable for development. The large three-storey outhouse could be developed into more accommodation or make a fantastic micro-brewery,” it suggested.

“On the ground floor there is cosy public bar and a large open plan bar with a warm welcoming dining area, along with a separate dining area and a large glass extension. The property benefits from a well-appointed commercial kitchen which is fully fitted out and perfect for a keen incoming chef.

“The four ensuite bedrooms are all unique boasting their own bespoke design,” said G + S. “The hotel boasts a warm inviting atmosphere which seamlessly blend traditional features with modern fixtures and fitting, making it attractive to a wide range of customers.

“It is evident the current owners have invested into the property and as retirement nears, they have left behind an outstanding business.”

The firm’s Martin Sutherland added: “This outstanding hotel has proven itself to be a key player in the Dumfries and Galloway market attracting a good amount of trade through events and parties all year round. The hotel is already profitable, but it has a great deal of potential through business growth and development.”

Graham + Sibbald are inviting offers in the region of £525,000 for the freehold interest.