A Scottish island-based mansion that includes a guest house, pub and restaurant needs a new manager.
Potential buyers have a rare opportunity to take over an institution that offers excellent Scottish hospitality, according to its estate agent.
The Old Inn is located in a small village called Carbost on the Isle of Skye, which is one of the main tourist spots in the country.
Peter Seymour, an agent for Graham + Sibbald, told Insider: “It’s one of Skye’s institutions. It’s incredibly well regarded on the island for that lovely Scottish folk pub vibe.”
He added: “It is a famous meeting point for climbers, walkers and visitors who come to the island to enjoy Scottish hospitality with a great atmosphere including folk music, good hearty food and some drinks.”
The property’s listing says it “has a fantastic location” and attracts many tourists due to the island’s history, making it a thriving business.
Listed at just over $2.5 million ($1.9 million), the mansion has 12 rooms, including a five-bedroom dorm and a disabled dorm. It also has a guest house with six rental rooms and a company apartment.
There is also accommodation for a person working on site.
The agency said the property’s turnover was over $2 million ($1.5 million).
Maintaining and establishing future growth are among the challenges facing its new owners, Seymour said. “Is the hospitality industry a risky business? – Well yes,” he added.
However, he said if the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that hospitality “is a robust industry. It hasn’t affected values, it hasn’t dampened appetites. In fact, if anything, it has renewed vigor in the sector.”
Insider’s Stephen Jones recently reported that a job posting for a landlord to run the pub on a small island in Cumbria, northwest England, had attracted the interest of hundreds of people.