ISLE OF ISLAY
An Cuan, in the centre of Bowmore, is an impressive traditional DETACHED STONE VILLA built in the 1890s which currently operates as a successful bed and breakfast. It lies within the local conservation area and has been maintained and upgraded to an exceptionally high standard. Exposed stonework on the front elevation is a particular feature and the property has been re-roofed and re-rendered on its other three sides over the last two years. Historically, the house has been extended on its east side, to take in what is now the kitchen, and has a further lean-to rear extension which accommodates the Utility Room and a Wet Room.
The property is prominently located on the south side of Jamieson Street, with an open outlook to the front which includes views of Loch Indaal over the village. To the rear, An Cuan looks out over its own large superbly maintained and interesting garden grounds. All local amenities of the island’s capital are close at hand. The house is within easy walking distance of shops, hotels, primary and secondary schools, banks, hospital and leisure centre. The island’s ferry ports of Port Ellen and Port Askaig are both about ten miles distant and the airport and golf links at Machrie are about six miles away.
Internally, the property is in excellent order and is particularly well appointed and adapted for its current use as a small, comfortable Bed & Breakfast business, with five bedrooms, all with en-suite facilities. The house was altered in 2008 to meet Guest House use for which there is strong demand. An Cuan is, however, first and foremost an impressive house which could equally be used to provide quality and homely family accommodation. A separate garage, with sheds behind, could offer potential, subject to Planning Permission being obtained, to create further living space as an adjunct to the main house. There is a vehicle entry from Jamieson Street, with ample on-street parking at hand. Apart from a multi-fuel stove in the living room, the property is all electric. Space heating is provided by an air to air heat source pump on the rear wall, with the exit unit mounted internally on the stairwell. Additionally, two new efficient storage and convection heaters have been provided in the living room and hall and there are panel heaters in the bedrooms and the dining room. The property is double glazed throughout.
Additionally, 17 solar panels are fitted on the rear roof. These are owned outright, with power generated being fed in to the grid under an existing Feed In Tariff Agreement. The owner receives quarterly payments from Scottish & Southern Energy. Income from the panels is of course weather dependent but typically brings in about £1,500.00 per annum, being a significant contribution towards the property’s annual fuel consumption.
The house will be sold with all integrated appliances, white goods, carpets, floor coverings, curtains and blinds included. There may be option for some further furnishings to be included or sold separately.
GROUND FLOOR ACCOMMODATION
Main Hallway: Everest double glazed front entry door gives access to a spacious hallway; air to air heating exit unit is wall mounted on stairway leading to upper floor; also provided are a useful broom cupboard and an additional cupboard housing electricity meters and solar panels controls.
Dining Room: to the front, looking on to Jamieson Street.
Bedroom 5: a double room to the rear, with fitted wardrobe and en-suite shower-room.
Livingroom: Large and spacious, with double aspect to front and rear; includes multi-fuel stove on slate tiled hearth; range of fitted wardrobes.
Utility Room: to the rear, off living room, with back door to garden; includes a range of fitted units and an airing area with hot water tanks.
Wet Room: shower room to the west, off utility room, with W.C, wash hand basin and shower.
Kitchen: good size with windows to front and rear; a well fitted working kitchen, with all appliances included, including Belling Double Range electric cooker. Further back door to garden.
UPPER FLOOR ACCOMMODATION
Landing: provides access to all four upper floor double bedrooms.
Bedroom 1: to rear, with internal en-suite shower room.
Bedroom 2: to front, a larger room with separate bathroom off.
Bedroom 3: to rear, with internal wet room.
Bedroom 4: to front, with internal wet room.
EXTERNAL / GARDENS
The property has a small front garden, with pedestrian entry to the front door and with grassed areas and flower beds on either side. An off-street vehicle parking area for one car is provided. Additionally, a single garage is accessed by a dropped kerb at the front corner of the garden. The garage is stone built, with double doors at the front and a replacement corrugated roof. Attached, at the rear of the garage are a large coal shed and an additional open store. A pathway leads to both back doors and steps lead up to the large raised rear garden. The rear garden is both beautiful and tranquil and has been a labour of love. Wandering around the borders and admiring the features is both uplifting and relaxing. The garden is a secluded sun trap and includes a lily pond with bridge over same.
BED & BREAKFAST BUSINESS
Although no business element is included in the property valuation in the Home Report, An Cuan does trade particularly well as a bed & breakfast business. For the year from 1 November 2015 to 31 October 2016, business turnover was £67,235.00. The house typically has full occupancy from May to September, with 75% occupancy the norm in both April and October. There is a steady but lesser demand in the Winter. The vendor will be happy to include his right to the business domain name www.islay-bandb.co.uk
The property is currently registered as Band A for Council Tax. The Council Tax registration covers just part of the ground floor, being the living room, kitchen, utility room and wet room. The remainder of the house is subject to non-domestic rates, for which the current owner is entitled to full exemption due to the Bed and Breakfast business.
Mains water, electricity and drainage.
Viewings are strictly by appointment per the Selling Agents, Stewart Balfour & Sutherland at The Property Shop.