Have you considered what your future life will be after lockdown and the world gets back to normal, or as normal as it can be? Do you want to go back to your usual routine of a daily commute each way and the daily grind which leaves you exhausted and with little or no time to spend on yourself or your family, or do you yearn for a complete change so you can enjoy life rather than spend it cramped in public transport with the ensuing noise and pollution?
Caithness is very quiet, with little road traffic, no air traffic or pollution and fantastic air quality, and in the summer months enjoys almost 24 hour daylight. We have views over to Orkney and the Old Man of Hoy and are ideally placed on the North Coast 500 tourist route, situated a few hundred yards from the Castle of Mey, 4 minutes' drive from the ferry terminal to Orkney and just a few miles from John O' Groats, all popular with toursists if you wish to run as a hotel.
There have been a number of tv programmes recently highlighting the benefits of leaving the rat race behind and moving to a quieter part of the country where property prices are a fraction of those in more populated parts of the country and those moving can enjoy more peace and quiet, less pollution and a much better quality of life, following a self sufficient way of life. These include channel 4's Escape to the Chateau, channel 5's Country Life for half the Price with Kate Humble, and channel 5's Make a New Life in the Country with Ben Fogle.
For a price of £395,000 you can have all of this and more if you come to Caithness and buy the Castle Arms Hotel. The Hotel is being sold as a going concern but a buyer does not have to run the business as a hotel and the opportunities are exciting and endless if you have the energy, desire, and spare cash to make the property what you wish it to be, even just as a family home.
The hotel comprises the main building, which was built around 1850 as a coaching inn. This has 4 bedrooms upstairs, one a two bed, and all with modern en-suites, a commercial kitchen, lounge bar, residents' lounge and owners lounge donwstairs, together with a room ready for conversion to another bedroom or bunk house or whatever you wish. In the rear courtyard there are 5 bedrooms which were previously stables and converted to doubles, all with modern en-suites, one of which comprises a full disabled wet room. There is also a large barn used at present as a store room over two floors which has not been converted and has many possibilities for conversion.
The rear courtyard is enclosed and has two small areas of lawn with some flower beds.
To the rear of this is a large lawn area with a newly constructed pond in one area, vegetable garden, large uncultivated area and light woodland, in total extending to around 6 acres and on level ground. The garden is all south facing and separated from fields by fencing. The fields contain sheep or cattle and will never be developed. The land to the rear of the hotel has potential to be developed into a campsite for motorhomes and caravans, used for glamping pods or wooden chalets, subject to planning and there is sufficient space for your own sheeep, pigs, chickens, polytunnels etc., and is large enough for self sufficiency.
If you would like to discuss any of the above please feel free to call us on 01847 851244, or contact our agent David Pickering of CCL.