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Stornoway is the main port and town on the Isle of Lewis (Town population approx. 6000) and this B&B is ideally located close to the ferry terminal. The town has a wide range of facilities include a technical college, a golf course, a museum, arts centre, library and a brand new sports complex (The sports centre's facilities include a 25m pool). There are a variety of shops and places to eat out. Most of the town's amenities are just a short walk away from No 27. Stornoway is the main point of entry to the Outer Hebrides, offering two daily ferry sailings and a modern airport with a number of daily flights. Lewis is a popular tourist destination with a wide range of visitor attractions and museums including the ancient Carloway Broch and the 5000 year old stone circles of Callanish. The island has a great many sandy beaches which attract surfers and kayakers. The coastline is also a haven for climbers and walkers of all abilities. The island has a wealth of flora and fauna and the rocky and rugged geography is home to red deer, plus golden and sea eagles. Fishing is a popular pastime on the island with salmon frequenting several Lewis Rivers and many of the fresh-water lochs being home to trout. Observed maritime life includes whales and dolphins.
Number 27 Bed and Breakfast enjoys an extremely high occupancy level, benefitting from repeat business from various tour companies and booking agencies. Summer 2019 again saw excellent occupancy rates and forward bookings for 2020 indicate that this too will be another strong year. No 27 enjoys an excellent trading location close to the ferry terminal with views over the Minch, and is within ten minutes’ walk of the centre of Stornoway. Works for the development plans to the area directly in front of the property are nearly completed as a new Marina and a multimillion project is in the offing to improve Stornoway Harbour and allow deep water vessels such as larger cruise ships to access the area. This will certainly increase the attractiveness of the area and Number 27 is ideally located to capitalise on this. The subjects were built around 1910 and are in good condition being presented as a high-quality guest house and family home. The business is well-appointed providing wide ranging facilities and is decorated to a high standard. The owner has invested heavily into the property since purchasing in 2012, installing 3 new en-suites and two bathrooms, a new kitchen, double glazing the building and converting a shed in the grounds to offer an ideal teenage pad with en-suite facilities. Further investment has seen the construction in 2019 of a a highly attractive, wooden self-catering chalet which is set within the grounds; this is currently being utilised as owners’ accommodation however it could be used as a further income stream should new proprietors desire, subject to planning consent.
The owners currently utilise the self-catering chalet set in the grounds as private accommodation, this comprises, kitchen and lounge area, as well as a double bedroom with en-suite shower room. New owners may choose to utilise this chalet for different purposes and live within the house letting out fewer bedrooms. The kitchen within the main property is a fairly new addition and offers a good range of modern units and workspace as well as a seating area. In the grounds a further shed has been converted into a good sized double bedroom with en-suite facilities. This structure does not have planning permission and could be easily converted back to a shed if so desired.
The present owners purchased the property in 2012. They have improved the quality of the trading aspects and now wish to retire and relocate, offering an excellent opportunity for new proprietors to take advantage of this superb business.