Main House –
The development enjoys a prime, elevated position on what is known locally as the most desirable location on the island and a long, sweeping driveway provides a suitably impressive approach to the main building (currently known as The Arran Lodge), which instantly endears with its charming stone exterior. The traditional house has been extended to accommodate substantial dining room, large function room and full commercial kitchen. The front door opens into a vestibule flowing through to an entrance hall, which in turn affords access to a guest kitchen, the commercial kitchens, a lounge, and a further hall with an office and a store.
The large lounge is connected to a dining room for 30 guests, served by the guest kitchen, offering opportunities for a number of different events.
A function room can also be found here, providing dining space for 70, with capacity for 100 as an evening venue, served by the connected commercial kitchens. The 13 well-presented en-suite rooms are arranged over the first and second floors, with most benefiting from the stunning outlook the property’s elevated position allows. These rooms offer potential to be used as standalone hotel accommodation or as part of a package for wedding guests to stay in, along with the sleephuts, if required.
The Sleephuts –
The sleephuts are situated to the rear of the house and towards the back of the plot, backing on to quiet woodland. They consist of 25 en-suite huts with a combination of double/twin and single rooms. As well as accommodating extra guests for events taking place in the main house, the sleephuts are perfect for tourists, walkers, and workers staying on the island short-term. A modern cookhouse located between the house and the sleephuts is a shared space for residents of the huts to prepare meals.
Two-bedroom Cottage & Two current Airbnb Rentals –
The final building within the plot is a two-storey, two/four-bedroom detached cottage, Altachorvie Cottage, which could lend itself to a variety of uses, including owner’s accommodation, private let or holiday let through Airbnb or similar, or it could be sold separately, subject to the correct permissions and subdividing. Also attached to the cottage are two self-contained Airbnb rentals – Red Squirrel and Arran Retreat. These en-suite rooms present further opportunity for income by continuing with their current use, or, subject to permission, could be incorporated into the owner’s cottage, therefore making it a four-bedroom property.
Serviced Building Plots –
Another possibility for the plot as a whole which will appeal to developers would be to demolish all current accommodation to make way for several serviced building plots. These would be prime, highly sought-after building plots on the island given the location and the views, and with self-building becoming increasingly more desirable, this may be a lucrative opportunity for a developer, who may also wish to have the homes built to be sold on individually.
Luxury Apartments –
A third opportunity for the plot would be demolishing the current accommodation to make way for luxury apartments. Drawings are available for this, for illustrative purposes only, which give a good indication of the number of apartments that could be built and how they would look. Luxury apartments like these have the potential to be the most sought-after in the west of Scotland.
Any work involving demolition and building of new properties/provision for serviced plots is subject to permission. The whole site is within the General Urban Area of the settlement boundary in the Local Development Plan (LDP) which means that residential development is acceptable in principle.
The popularity of Arran has surged in recent years, with the island being named by Rightmove within the top 5 coastal hotspots for homebuyers, as well as one of the top seven islands in the world for day trips by CNN, Trivago’s top European island 2016, and the Thistle Awards national winner 2017/18. The island is incredibly well connected by all means of transport, including air, train, bus, and car. It’s no wonder the current business has thrived, one only has to glance at the view over the water, encompassing the Holy Isle, to see why many couples choose to get married here and why events and overnight stays are popular on the island. Arran is a fantastic place to live and work, with fast broadband speeds allowing easy homeworking and a wealth of amenities making it an attractive base for families and professionals.
The island couldn’t be more perfect for those who enjoy exploring the great outdoors, with The Arran Coastal Way providing a 65-mile circular route around the island, kayaking and canoeing, parasailing and paragliding, nature and wildlife tours, bike tours, safaris, and stand-up paddleboarding to name just a few activities, virtually all on your doorstep.