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Castle Street, Dornoch
Guide Price £2,500,000

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Castle Street, Dornoch

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  • Magnificent period residence
  • Superb Commercial Opportunity
  • Would make an incredible Family Home
  • In Royal Borough of Dornoch
  • Close to world class golf courses and the coast
  • Currently trading as 22 bedroom hotel
  • Abundance of period and original features
  • Fabulous mix of traditional and contemporary styling
  • Further development potential STP
  • Beautiful Walled Gardens
  • Wedding Venue/Restaurant/Bar
  • Desirable location, popular with tourists
  • Scottish Highlands
  • Excellent links to Inverness

Sitting in the heart of the Royal Borough of Dornoch, this magnificent period residence is ideally placed for those looking for either a fantastic commercial opportunity or stunning family home, close to the Scottish coast and some of the World’s best Golf courses.

Currently trading as a 22 bedroom hotel and locally renowned restaurant, this is a rare and exciting opportunity to own your own piece of Scottish history!  With 22 letting bedrooms all with ensuite facilities and previous planning consent, which will be straightforward to re-acquire, for a further 10 bedrooms, it has a huge amount of further potential.  Greatcare has been taken to preserve the historic character of the building, retaining an abundance of original and period features i.e exposed stone walls, stone pillars, wooden beams, impressive fireplaces, wood panelled rooms, stone seats to name a few, whilst combining contemporary styling in parts to create an incredible, opulent interior.

Internally there is an abundance of space and briefly comprises of a conservatory style restaurant for up to 60 covers, unique vaulted cellar currently used as a unique private dining room seating 12, a large reception/bar which is popular with hotel guests and locals with 15th C exposed stonework and an impressive open fireplace, 22 letting bedrooms all with ensuite facilities and all with traditional features mixed with luxurious, modern styling with spa baths and open fires in some rooms.

In addition to this there are 5 staff rooms, 3 with ensuites, a modern commercial kitchen, cellar, dry store, storage rooms, laundry and a management office together with ladies, gentleman and disabled WC’s


Further Potential

There are 4 unconverted rooms leading to the top of the turret with a wonderful spiral staircase, perfect for owners accommodation if required for a superb live/work environment. There is the further potential to apply to reinstate a planning consent for a bedroom, spa and restaurant extension and has previous planning consent, which will be straightforward to re-acquire, for a further 10 bedrooms.


Enjoying wonderful walled gardens to the rear with a number of attractive terraces, seating areas and lawns, making the garden a popular place for marquees and weddings and the perfect place to enjoy alfresco dining. There is private parking to the side and rear of the hotel for guests as well as free on-street parking.


Dornoch Castle has been owned by the current family since June 2000 who are only the 3rd owners since it was last used as a main residence in 1947. The current owners have painstakingly restored the castle to its former glory. Over the years there have been a number of extensions and additions to the property creating a fascinating combination of building styles from over the centuries whilst retaining original features of the castle with a 5-storey Turreted tower at the south west side, enjoying breath-taking views, and a large chimney dating from the 1500s on the south side.


The business has a retained a reputation for quality hospitality and a friendly professional service for many years and given the proximity to Royal Dornoch Golf Course, one of the world’s best golf courses, it continues to attract worldwide clientele. The local area is ever popular with tourists and outdoor enthusiasts. The hotel is also sought after as a wedding venue and there is capacity for up to 180 guests with the use of a marquee in the walled garden. The accommodation, food and beverage and wedding trade has proved to be a successful mix of business shown by the healthy turnover and profits.


The Royal Borough of Dornoch is a historic Scottish town centred around its ancient cathedral and is most renowned for its stunning coastline and its Championship Golf Course which is only a short distance away. It is ideally placed for outdoor, leisure activities and is popular with golfers, specialist car tours, walkers and cyclists and there is first class shooting, stalking and salmon fishing available on nearby estates and rivers. The Dornoch Firth is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is home to a wide variety of wildlife including widgeon, graylag geese, mallard, teal and whooper swans. The town of Dornoch has a good array of shops and services including a health centre, primary school, Academy and University of Highlands and Islands facility including courses for golf and also catering management. The city of Inverness is only 42 miles away where there are excellent transport links, road, air and rail, to London and the South.


Mains Water, Drainage and Electricity Gas central heating Category B Listed period residence In a conservation area Complete with all fixtures, furniture and fittings


These particulars, whilst believed to be accurate are set out as a general guideline and do not constitute any part of an offer or contract. Intending Purchasers should not rely on them as statements of representation of fact, but must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise as to their accuracy. The services, systems, and appliances shown may not have been tested and has no guarantee as to their operability or efficiency can be given. All floor plans are created as a guide to the lay out of the property and should not be considered as a true depiction of any property and constitutes no part of a legal contract.


Castle Street
Dornoch IV25 3SD
County: Highlands
Sale Type: For Sale
Ref #: DBE02899
Donna Vogt
David Britton Estates - Penrith
P: 01768 881111
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