The only pub on the Britain’s ‘sunshine island’ is looking for a new owner as it hits the market at £650,000.
Colonsay, Inner Hebrides, is famed for its idyllic sandy beaches which enjoy the longest hours of sunshine in the UK
Its shores are deemed to be the best in Scotland, but it only has one pub, The Colonsay Hotel.
And lockdown-weary Brits are now being offered the chance run the boozer themselves – once it can open its doors – as its owners are putting it up for sale.
Current landlord Jane Howard said the dream job is a chance to live and work in the social hub of one of the world’s most beautiful islands.
She bought the 18th century hotel in 2005 and has done extensive renovations.
It has nine boutique style bedrooms and suites, along with a bar, conservatory and dining room and stunning views towards Jura – where George Orwell wrote ‘1984’.
Ms Howard said: “The hotel presents a fantastic opportunity to build on an already successful business and take it to the next level on one of the most beautiful islands in the world.
“The Isle of Colonsay is becoming more and more desirable as a unique tourist destination for guests looking for remote and beautiful landscapes, beaches, ancient history and stunning wildlife.
“The hotel offers the most comfortable and welcoming base to enjoy the island and huge potential to develop its offering.”
Seller Christie & Co said the hotel “enjoys strong levels of trade and is the sole serviced accommodation offering on the island.”
It added: “Located in the Inner Hebrides, off the west coast of Scotland, Colonsay is renowned for having the longest hours of sunshine and the best white sandy beaches in all of Scotland, making it a highly popular holiday destination for families and outdoor enthusiasts.”
Brian Sheldon of Christie & Co, who is handling the sale, said: “As the island’s only hotel and pub, the business enjoys excellent occupancy as well as good levels of local trade and is considered to be the hub of the island’s social life.
“We believe this will be a very successful business for a buyer going into 2021 and beyond.”
Jane and her husband Alex, 59, own and run Colonsay Holidays, a large hospitality business on the island.
Jane said: “This is a really good opportunity for someone to run a business and take the hotel to the next level.
“We’ve enjoyed our time at the hotel and have put a lot of work into it but now it’s time to take a step back and focus on other projects.
“We feel we’ve done our job and now’s the right time to hand this opportunity to someone else.
“It’d be fantastic for it for someone to keep building it up into a successful business, for example there’s scope to add more rooms.
“It’d be an amazing opportunity for either a young couple or older couple whose children have grown up – it’s perfect for a couple looking to make a move to an idyllic island.
“Staycations are booming too.
“When we opened last year in July, we didn’t have an empty bed until we closed again at the end of October.
“The phone has not stopped ringing, while there’s still some uncertainty about holidays the hotel isn’t short of business.
“The island has a remarkably beautiful and special landscape.
“The island is never crowded and you can always find a corner of the beach to yourself.
“The hotel is open from March through to October, so there’s opportunity there to work hard for several months and take a seasonal break.
“My husband and I are working on self-catering cottages which is a continual work in progress.
“Tourism is a major part of our business, we’d be there to help the new hotel owners if they needed any support.”