Ideal for those looking for a ready-made business opportunity on the popular Isle of Arran. The rural site enjoys a tranquil setting nestling within the mature deciduous woodland along the banks of the Monamore Burn, yet lies just a 15-minute stroll from Lamlash and a 15-minute drive from the ferry terminal at Brodick – an excellent location that appeals to tourists and visitors to the island. The site was originally planned as a ten holiday lodge destination – there are at present only six lodges, each accommodating four persons. The two static caravans on site have been removed, however the option exists to submit for consent for additional lodges up to the original number of ten and for two static caravans. Furthermore, there is approved planning in place for a two/three-bedroom manager’s accommodation.
The Lodges – A tranquil escape in a beautiful, rural setting
There are six charming self-catering, Scandinavian-style pine lodges, with the current owner limiting accommodation to four of the six lodges at a time. (www.dyemill.co.uk).
The timer-framed, timber-clad lodges are mostly situated on an elevated position on the sloping ground to the south of the site, with a pleasant outlook through large picture windows. The lodges all consist of large open-plan living, dining, and kitchen areas, two bedrooms (one set up as a double and the other as a twin), and a bathroom. The kitchens are all appointed with wall and base cabinets and appliances, whilst the living areas have excellent built-in storage. The bedrooms have thermostatically controlled heaters, and the bathrooms all have showers over the baths.
Externally, the lodges all have their own private sheltered veranda with patio chairs.
The lodges have all been well-maintained to a high standard and are well-insulated, with double-glazed windows. All furnishings are to remain in the lodges. They also have their own septic tank which is emptied approximately every three years.
The Site – A 1.7-acre (0.69HA) site surrounded by lovely natural woodland
The private, secluded site is nestled within lovely natural woodland, offering a tranquil haven that is sure to appeal to tourists and visitors to the island. It is situated south of the Monamore Burn and set on rising ground within a distinctly mature woodland setting on the edge of a traditional patchwork of small agricultural fields. The rural scene is characterised by traditional farmhouse buildings, some of which have been converted into holiday lettings. Although fully contained within the mature woodland there are views to be enjoyed across the Monamore Burn to the open grassland farmland beyond and the iconic Ross Hill.
The site has a car park for residents and staff, with a small storage shed adjacent used for ground maintenance equipment and general storage. The storage shed also has a laundry and activity room for guests, containing a washing machine, tumble dryer, DVD’s, books, indoor and outdoor
games and beach essentials.
The Opportunity – An exciting business opportunity with development potential
The site and lodges offer an ideal proposition for those looking to run a business on the island, and it is currently open from mid-March to the end of October, as well as in November by arrangement. It has also been open during some off-peak times (such as New Year) in the past. The original plans for the site were for ten lodges and this could still be an option, subject to the correct permissions, as well as reinstating two static caravans. Rental figures are approximately £400 to £500 per week, depending on the season, plus electricity via a £1 coin meter in each lodge (typically £20-30 per week). The rateable value is £18,200, and the owner paid £600 non-domestic rates in 2023.
Planning has been approved (N/23/00636/PP) for the erection of manager’s accommodation & reception office in a single storey setting more akin to the existing lodges on site.
Design has been based upon the positive characteristics of the existing lodges by utilising a shallow pitch roof finished in natural slate, natural timber board wall finish and dark grey windows and door frames to allow the building to assimilate easily within the woodland setting.
The floor plan allows for a double and twin bedroom, family bathroom and an open plan lounge/kitchen/diner – which opens onto a southerly facing deck through glazed patio doors. The southerly aspect will maximise natural lighting and solar gain. There is also a small reception area and office.
The site is accessed by a private vehicular track crossing over the Monamore Burn from the Ross Road. You arrive in a very generous open car park with adequate parking and manoeuvring space. The access is some 200m from the Dyemill Forestry track giving access to walking and cycling routes and a good hill walk to Urie Loch.