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Picturesque Highland hotel and brewery with loch-side beer garden hits the market for £775k

The Loch Earn Brewery and hotel is on sale for £775,000 - and could be an ideal business venture for some.

Published: April 30, 2021

Located in the Highlands village of St Fillans, Crieff, the business is on the market with Christie & Co.

The Loch Earn Brewery and Hotel sits on the banks of the loch and has uninteruppted views over the water and surrounding landscape.

The property also has direct loch access, with ten moorings, three piers and a private slipway.

The main building is a large C-listed Victorian property that comprises 38 bedrooms, along with three separate bar and restaurant areas, including a loch-side beer garden.

The site also features several outbuildings which include the brewery and owners accommodation.

Speaking of the sale, Tony Spence, business agent, of Christie & Co said: “This sale presents a fantastic opportunity to acquire a large hotel which sits on the banks of Loch Earn and offers prospects for further development, as the property is in need of an extensive refurbishment.

"The business has been in our clients hands since 2013 and has proved popular with tourists as well as people passing through the village.

"Yet to date, it has traded to limited capacity, opening for cafe and public bar service only, as the current owners are presently focusing on other business interests.”

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St Fillans is a picturesque village that lies at the eastern end of Loch Earn on the A85 road, within easy reach of Glasgow, Stirling, Perth and Edinburgh.

The business is on the market at an asking price of £775,000 for the freehold.

Managing director of Arran Brewery who own the business, Gerald Michaluk said “It is with a heavy heart we are having to put the property on the market.

"We have not recovered from a small fire, following which the insurance company has still not settled our claim in full.

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"This has lead to a lack of funds while the property needs around £600,000 spent on it to bring it up to spec. 

"Unfortunately we simply don’t have that kind of money, given the current downturn in the brewing industry, to put into the building.

"As such we have put the site on the market for offers over £775,000 but a new owner would need to have around £1,500,000 to acquire the site and to realise its full potential”.

Back in 2019, owners Arran Brewery looked to sell a 45 per cent stake of the business, to help with their plans for a micro-brewery, visitor centre and local cider venture.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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