Please telephone the sellers, Mr & Mrs Glaser direct on 01595 695956 or contact our Property Director, Robert Bell on 01595 695583.
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Popular, well-established Guest House business on the south side of Lerwick, Shetland's capital, within walking distance of the shore of Breiwick Bay and the centre of town, and ideally situated as a base from which visitors can explore all that the beautiful Shetland Islands have to offer.
The business comprises a large, very spacious detached house in 'walk-into' condition providing nine well-appointed, en-suite letting bedrooms, all decorated to a high standard, along with a large guest lounge and dining room enjoying a fine view, and kitchen facilities. There is however scope for the upper floor, effectively a 4 bedroom bungalow with a large living / dining room, being used as a family home with the lower floor which has its own separate entrance, still providing five letting rooms if required. Alternatively the lower floor could potentially be converted into a self-contained flat subject to the usual consents required.
The property is offered for sale complete with all contents included allowing the new purchaser to hit the ground running from day one.
Breiview Guest House is situated on the south side of Lerwick, Shetland's capital, an ideal location for anyone visiting or working in the town, a couple of minutes' drive or a pleasant twenty minute walk away, or wishing to explore Shetland generally given Lerwick's central position within the islands.
The shore of Breiwick Bay, the fine beach at Sands of Sound and Clickimin Broch a popular visitor attraction are a short stroll away.
Being the capital and main town, Lerwick has plenty to offer visitors whether it is shopping on Commercial Street, Shetland Museum, Mareel Arts / Cinema Venue, or the sports facilities at Clickimin leisure centre / swimming pool which is within walking distance.
Close to the property next to Tesco's supermarket, is 'Fjara' café bar, a convenient place to eat.
The Shetland Islands themselves, the most northerly part of the United Kingdom, are located approximately 100 miles north of Aberdeen and 200 miles west of Bergen, Norway.
With over 100 islands of which 12 are inhabited, Shetland is home to around 22,000 people and offers a vibrant and safe community.
A daily overnight ferry service from Lerwick operated by Northlink Ferries (www.northlinkferries.co.uk) provides a sea link to mainland Scotland.
Loganair (www.loganair.co.uk) operates direct flights from Sumburgh at the south end of Shetland, to Aberdeen, Edinburgh & Glasgow.
Shetland's popularity as a visitor destination has been boosted in recent years by increasing press and TV attention, in particular the acclaimed 'Shetland' detective series, as well as numerous natural history programmes, all combining to put Shetland firmly on the map for tourists from throughout the UK and indeed all over the world, visitors being attracted by the peace and quiet, the dramatic and unspoilt scenery, and an abundance of wildlife, in addition to a rich cultural and heritage scene.
Music is an important part of Shetland's identity, numerous festivals bringing in visitors who are also attracted to Lerwick's famous Up Helly Aa procession each January.
Over the years the main tourist season has expanded thanks to the increasingly popularity of the many events that take place in Shetland, from the Shetland Folk Festival at the end of April to Shetland Wool Week and the Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Festival in October, although commercial visitors / contractors provide business all year round.
This long established Scottish Tourist Board 3 Star Guest House has been run by the owner couple since they purchased the original property in the early 1990's.
The past 27 years have seen the couple successfully expand the business, the first Guest House in Shetland to provide all en-suite accommodation.
Situated on a side road on the south side of Lerwick overlooking the spectacular 'sooth mooth' of Lerwick Harbour, the business caters for up to 16 guests, including both tourists and also regular business visitors, many providing repeat business, in 9 spacious, easily accessible en-suite rooms, each with TV's and tea / coffee making facilities. Wi-fi is available throughout the property.
Accommodation is presently provided on a B & B basis although the provision of evening meals is certainly something that could be revived. Although all the bedrooms are currently used by guests, there is plenty of scope for part of the property to be used as owner's accommodation as has been the case in the past.
The property is being sold with all contents included allowing the new purchaser to get up and running from day one, business being generated through word of mouth, the businesses' own website (www.breiviewguesthouse.co.uk) and booking.com
After a long career in the hospitality business the owners are now looking towards retirement and pursuing other interests.
The substantial detached property was originally purchased in 1991 and later extended as the business was successfully expanded. A refurbishment programme in recent years has seen all the bedrooms redecorated to a high standard.
Entry is from a large tarred parking area to the rear of the building where a double glazed porch provides a pleasant seating area and leads to the main hall / reception area.
Off the hall is the very spacious and comfortable guest lounge (approx. 6m x 5.8m) which has a large window area to the east and south allowing for lovely views over the bay of Breiwick and beyond to the Knab and the island of Bressay in the distance. The room provides a pleasant place to sit and relax, an open fire provides a cosy heat source although like the rest of the property, central heating is provided by the Lerwick District Heating system.
The lounge leads through to the dining room, again another large space enjoying the views, with dining between the lounge and dining room for 20 people, the dining room also being accessible from the hall.
Off the hall are 4 bedrooms, 2 doubles and 2 twins, all of a good size and all boasting full en-suite facilities with WC, shower & wash hand basin. There is also a fully equipped kitchen, staff toilet and useful walk-in store.
A stair from the main hall leads down to the lower ground floor and a further five rooms, 2 doubles, 1 twin and 2 singles, all finished to the same standard, and another large store room. The lower ground floor conveniently has a further external door providing separate access from upstairs.
The property sits in its own garden area which includes a paved south-facing seating area to the side of the house.
The Rateable Values is understood to currently be £12,200 (apportioned £10,800 non-residential, £1,400 residential). Prospective purchasers should however contact Shetland Islands Council directly for confirmation.
All equipment and fixtures & fittings will be included in the sale. All equipment is understood to be owned outright.
Details of accounts can be made available to seriously interested prospective purchasers after viewing.
Energy Efficiency Rating: E (73)
The property can be reached either from Kantersted Road (off South Road being the first turning on the left after the Tesco roundabout; follow Kantersted Road to the Eric Gray centre and turn right, then next left into a small cul-de-sac; No. 43 being the second property in on the right, or from Nedersund Road (again off South Road, being the first junction on the left after Sound Service Station (approaching from Lerwick)); drive to the end of Nedersund Road, follow the road around to the left into Kantersted Road, and turn first right.
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Important Information for Prospective Purchasers
This schedule is intended only to help you decide whether to view the property. We always recommend you view the property personally.
The information is believed to be correct, but it is not warranted and is not to form part of any contract of sale. All dates, distances, areas and room sizes noted are approximate and for use as a general guide only. Prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves as to the working condition or otherwise of any equipment such as central heating or kitchen appliances.
This schedule should not be taken as a comment on the condition of the property. This is a matter for your surveyor and we recommend that once you have found a property you are interested in, you obtain a survey report. We can provide details of surveyors if required.
Interested parties are advised to note their interest through their solicitor as soon as possible so that they can be informed if a closing date is fixed. Noting interest does not place any obligation on the seller to set a closing date or to give any noted interests the opportunity to offer. Whilst every effort will be made to advise noted interests of any closing date set, this cannot be guaranteed.
No responsibility will be accepted for expenses incurred by parties who have noted interest but do not get an opportunity to offer, or for any expenses incurred traveling to properties which have been sold or withdrawn.
We have availed ourselves of services provided by Harper Macleod of Lerwick, both in buying and selling residential property. Our needs on both these occasions were fully met and the service provided by them made our task in these circumstances, seemingly without effort.
Prior to this we had also received very helpful general advice pertaining to Shetland real estate from them. This was a tremendous benefit to us at the time.
If you are seeking cost effective, excellent real estate marketing and legal services, we would not hesitate in recommending Harper Macleod of Lerwick.