Chance to 'live the dream' and run hostel on North Coast 500 route

The former Free Presbyterian Church which dates from 1899 was recently converted into a hostel.

An opportunity to “live and work in one of the last great wildernesses of Europe” on the North Coast 500 route has come about after a hostel was put on the market.

The newly converted Stoer Hostel is located in the scattered hamlet of Stoer near Lochinver and has extensive views over an unspoilt landscape and towards Loch Neill Bhain.

The former Free Presbyterian Church which dates from 1899 was recently converted into a hostel which can accommodate up to 22 guests and includes a self-contained studio flat which alternatively is “perfectly suited for use as a manager’s accommodation if required”.

The former Free Presbyterian Church, which dates from 1899, was recently convertedGalbraith

Phiddy Robertson of Galbraith, who is handling the sale said: “This is a rare opportunity to live the dream lifestyle, in one of Scotland’s most stunning rural areas. The surrounding area is renowned for its spectacular mountains, coastline and sea lochs and the creation of the North Coast 500 route has significantly boosted tourism to the area.

“The hostel is being sold fully equipped and thus the purchasers will be able to start welcoming guests soon after purchase. Anyone who has toyed with the idea of creating a tourism business in Scotland would be well advised to view the property and its extraordinary setting.”

The hostel has accommodation for 22 guests in total.Galbraith

The hostel’s accommodation is described by the real estate agent as being spread over two floors and includes a spacious open-plan kitchen and living area with a good range of fitted units and trestle tables, six bunkrooms, a boot room, utility room, drying room, office, three shower rooms, three WC’s and a further accessible shower room. 

The self-contained studio flat, or warden’s quarters, comprises of a kitchenette, bedroom and shower room. Outside there is a Plant Shed containing a hot water tank and an air source heat pump.

The property is on the market for offers over £275,000.Galbraith

The description went on to add: “The surrounding area is one of the last great wildernesses in Europe where the dramatic outlines of Suilven, Canisp and Quinag provide a backdrop for a beautiful landscape of moorland and coastline.

“The village of Lochinver (eight miles) is a thriving port with fishing vessels from many parts of the world landing their catches at the fish market. The village has two small supermarkets, a general store, petrol station, health centre, community/leisure centre and a primary school as well as a number of other shops, cafés and restaurants. Ullapool, about a 50 minute drive away, has a wider range of amenities including a secondary school.”

The property is on the market for offers over £275,000.

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