Can’t find the Loch Ness monster? Buy Loch Ness Lodge instead, advises Cheryl Markosky.
Tracking down the world’s most elusive creature, the Loch Ness monster, can be a bit of a business.
Many people who thought they’d spotted a giraffe-like neck or two humps peeking above the water have never managed to prove the existence of the shy beast.
Those despairing adventurers would be better off checking out the white-washed lodge, currently run as a luxury bed and breakfast venture and for sale through Strutt & Parker in Inverness at £1,860,000.
The lodge itself has a splendid reception hall, seven en-suite bedrooms, a therapy room and spa with hot tub and sauna. In splendid condition, its interiors draw on Scottish nature, with a palette of soft lichens, autumn russets, natural stones and purple heather hues.
Alongside the secluded lodge, with superb views over Loch Ness, sits five separate cottages. One functions currently as a three bedroom apartment with an office, while three have one bedroom each, as well as fully equipped kitchens and utility rooms. Cottage number five has two bedrooms.
Selling agent Kevin Maley, of Strutt & Parker in Inverness, says the local council is likely to grant permission for change of use to turn the luxury inn back into solely residential premises.
Would it be a shame, however, to alter what appears to be a well built-up business?
“It does run well, with owner’s accommodation one end and the holiday cottages dotted along the hillside above the loch,” he points out. “But ultimately, it could become a terrific family house too. There are lots of options for a buyer.”
Maley argues that Loch Ness Lodge is a very rare commodity, particularly as it sits in such a quiet and protected position. “There are very few properties overlooking Loch Ness – the views are stunning.”
It’s also in terrific condition. “An Edinburgh-based designer advised the current owners on furniture and décor,” adds Maley.
The asking price covers all the buildings. Yet, the sale is divided into two lots – the first comprised of the lodge, Lodge and Ness-side Cottages; with the remaining three cottages in the second lot.
Maley would prefer to see all the buildings sell as one package though. He says the cottages would sell tomorrow if they were put individually on the market. “But I don’t want to sell them off if it means we won’t be able to shift the largest asset.”
His instincts appear to be correct, as interest so far is to keep Loch Ness Lodge and all its component parts whole.
Another plus for fans of Nessie, the mysterious monster, is that there’s a chance to purchase a precious three-acre development site south-west of the lodge and only 100 metres from the shoreline.
There’s also planning consent included in the sale for a boating facility. Anyone up for a paddle to find that elusive monster? Or, for those unbelievers among you, how about a relaxing soak in the hot tub?