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This is a unique business.
On the sea and very beautiful, with sensational views.
Outstanding commercial location: in the public eye; a stroll to ferry, busses, pub, shop, and swimming pool; and a walk to golf, castles and hills. Our central position is the perfect base to explore Mull.
Mull is a star, and commands great loyalty. Our 33 years of trading gives us a deep customer base, who return and send their friends. We have Certificates of Excellence from TripAdvisor for 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Ferry fares have been cut by 60% as part of the Scottish Government’s policy of economic regeneration of the Islands. Ferries now cross every hour, rather than every two. So we are very busy and are making lots of money.
The business is innovative. The Shielings, designed and made on site, solve island problems of a short season and high building and other costs. We have been glamping for 33 years, the first in Britain.
We offer a beautiful house by the sea and two charming cottages.
We ask £925,000, the valuation in December 2014 by Allan McLaren, Advisor in Scotland to the British Holiday and Home Parks Association. Since 2014 income has soared. Turnover in 2017 to end week 34 is 42% up on the same period of 2014.
We are 82 and 78 and must hand over to a buyer or successor.
We would prefer to sell outright, but realise that £925,000 is a big ask for many. Even after 33 years of success, the banks are cautious in what they will lend to a unique business in the Hebrides. If you inspire confidence, we may offer owner financing of up to £350,000 on a second charge, and would support you as long as you wish and we are able.
Alternatively, we might transfer the business from partnership to private limited company and offer you say, a fifth share, with the option to buy us out on death or any earlier sale. You would run the business under a contract of employment, building funds for acquisition through salary, dividend and profit share. That would allow you to develop the Shieling concept, perhaps through a hub site near Edinburgh to receive European visitors and send them on to Mull and franchisees throughout Scotland. We believe there would be a good market for the manufacture of Shieling Dryers and other Shieling products.
Further information available upon request, please contact seller below for more details.
The Manager’s house is right by the sea. Watch sea otters from your breakfast table. Built in 2001, it has 3 double bedrooms, integral reception, multifuel stove, and a small conservatory.
On the ground floor: large reception/office; large open plan living/dining/kitchen with multi-fuel stove; double bedroom; bathroom; and small conservatory. Upstairs, two very large double bedrooms, which could be ensuite. Wi-fi. Storage and panel heaters.
A unique location, combining very great peace and beauty with convenience to all a visitor could wish. Our central location, within easy walking distance of the ferry and bus services, makes this the ideal base for the whole of Mull.
Please see http://www.shielingholidays.co.uk/SitePlan.html
Our site has the sea on two sides. On the third side are fine Scotch elms and beeches, and on the fourth a stream and native woodland. There is a rich variety of habitats and wildlife. Breath-taking views give a feeling of space and freedom.
The site is on two levels, divided by a limestone craig. On the lower level, by the sea:
Manager's House and Reception
Cottage with the main toilets and showers
50 touring pitches, of which
- 28 pitches for caravans, all with hard stand and hook-up
- 6 pitches for either caravans or tents, all with hook-up
- 16 pitches for tents, 10 with hook-up
Shielings with workshop, launderette, kitchen, and a twin/double budget bedroom
Sailmaker's workshop in a timber frame Shieling
On the upper level, with even more spectacular views
Owners' Cottage and Shieling Cottage - http://www.shielingholidays.co.uk/Cottages.html
15 glamping Shielings - http://www.shielingholidays.co.uk/Shielings.html - of which
- 8 ensuite
- 5 standard
- 2 with 8 budget beds in 4 twin/double rooms
4 facility Shielings of which
Common Room, with multi-fuel stove
Toilet Facilities (3 WC, 3 WHB and 2 showers for each sex)
Family Bathroom with bath, and Disabled Bathroom with shower
The buildings are all modern, built in the Scottish vernacular style to suit the landscape.
The Manager's House, built in 2001, includes the office and reception - see above.
The Owners' Cottage, built in 1989. On the ground floor: large double bedroom, bathroom, and spacious open plan living/dining/kitchen with multifuel stove. In the loft, 2 double/twin bedrooms and studio. Gas cooker, CH. Wi-fi. Patio to seaward.
The Shieling Cottage, built in 1984. On the ground floor: double bedroom, TV room, shower room, open plan living/dining room. In the loft, 2 bedrooms. Wi-fi. Gas cooker. Storage and panel heaters
The Cottage housing the main showers was also built in 1984. On the ground floor, the Ladies' has 4 WC, 4 WHB and 2 showers; the Gents' 2 WC and 2 urinals, otherwise the same.
A timber frame Shieling of 12.8 x 5.6 metres provides a Sailmaker's Workshop for manufacture of Shielings and Dryers.
Schedule of Consents available on request
Turnover in 2016 was up over 30%. Road Equivalent Tariff cut ferry fares by nearly 60%. Ferries now run every hour, not every two. Turnover to 09 August 2017 shows further growth of 14% over 2016, in line with our forecasts in CashNotes02Feb17 and CashProjection02Feb17. We forecast further increases in profit in 2017 and 2018.
The planners have approved a pre-application for replacement of Shielings with lodges with an 11 month season. We would not wish to replace Shielings ourselves. But buyers wishing to realise capital might sell lodges, say, on a 30 year lease.
Shielings evoke the summer cottages of Highland shepherds by mountain and shore. Glamping combines the comfort of a cottage with the back to nature of camping.
Shielings could be franchised to others to meet the demand for glamping. The Shieling Dryer dries clothes outside for free - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9XsKt6HCd0 - all year in all weathers.
No need for a tumble dryer. Hang it, forget it, just drying in the rain. Save money, save the planet.
The Shieling name and logo are our trade marks.
Our location at the entry to Mull gives us a competitive edge. Campers like to be near the ferry, avoiding single track roads with caravans and campervans. In self-catering, the demand is increasingly for glamping and short breaks. Shielings are easy to clean, so we can offer a minimum stay of as little as 2 nights, which conventional accommodation cannot match.
We are 82 and 78 and wish to hand over to successors with the time and energy to exploit the great potential.of the business.
Camping 03/03/17 to 06/11/17, Shielings Easter to mid-October, Cottages all year.
We want the business to thrive, so if we have confidence in you, we will give you support and training as long as you wish and we are able, for example in
1 Shieling and Dryer design and manufacture
2 specifications, inventories and procedures
3 computer systems, eg our own booking system and online booking website - http://bookings.shielingholidays.co.uk/booking
If you inspire confidence, we may offer owner financing of £300,000 for 3 to 5 years on a second charge. We would support you as long as you wish and we are able.
Alternatively, we might transfer the business from partnership to private limited company and offer you say, a fifth share, with the option to buy us out on death or any earlier sale. You would run the business under a contract of employment, building funds for acquisition through salary, dividend and profit share. That would allow you to develop the Shieling concept, perhaps through a hub site near Edinburgh to receive European visitors and send them on to Mull and franchisees throughout Scotland. We believe there is a good market for the manufacture of Shieling Dryers and other Shieling products.
Have you £200,000 in cash or near cash? We can introduce you to sources of finance. Crowd funding may help. Many customers and businesses on Mull wish the business to prosper.
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