Hotel overlooking Loch Harray on the market for £1.6m

The Merkister Hotel, overlooking Loch Harray on the Main Orkney Isles has been brought to market off a guide price of £1.65m.

The established hotel offers a total of 16 en-suite guest bedrooms, 13 of which are provided in the main building and the remaining three are found in a separate block, named The Garden Rooms, each including a private terrace with loch views.

Additionally, the site comprises a lounge bar which is also open to the public, the Skerries restaurant which caters for up to 60 covers, and The Fisherman’s Neuk, a private residents’ lounge.

Externally, the hotel is surrounded by lawn gardens and provides access to a pier, boathouse and boat moorings. The hotel also has six fishing boats and outboards, which are also included in the sale.

Having been family-owned and operated by the current owners since 1983, The Merkister is “well known” amongst locals and visitors, and is said to enjoy repeat trade and custom from fishing groups.

Current owners, the MacDonald family, have decided to sell the hotel after 36 years in order to semi-retire.

Stuart Drysdale, director at Christie and Co who is handling the sale, said: “The Merkister Hotel is one of the best small, family owned and operated hotels on the Orkney Isles. Popular with tourists and fishing parties, the level of repeat business is testament to the quality and service provided over 35 years of ownership.

“The hotel has been maintained to an excellent standard throughout with a full new commercial kitchen added in 2018. As such the property is truly in walk-in condition and ready for a new owner to enjoy operating a successful business set in picturesque surroundings.”

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