Sale of Property and Business at Doune-Knoydart
Here is an opportunity to take on a thriving business and to live and work in a stunning location. Of over 30 years standing, with a loyal customer base, Doune is a successful restaurant and holiday base. The Dining Room enjoys a great reputation for quality local produce cooked with love and attention to detail. Doune has garnered many accolades including Visit Scotland’s prestigious Thistle Award and featured on a number of television programmes.
Doune is located on the western tip of the rugged Knoydart peninsula, on the North West coast of Scotland overlooking the Isle of Skye. Doune Bay is 5 miles by road plus a 15-minute walk from the main village of Inverie which has regular ferry access to Mallaig. However, Doune is self-sufficient with its own boats, and despite being one of the remotest hospitality businesses in the UK, the location enjoys superb connectivity with excellent mobile reception and superfast broadband.
The current owners are retiring after many years of loving life and work at Doune. They have the commitment of a full booking sheet for the 2021 season, but thereafter they will be moving on. Living and working at Doune offers many rewards and the existing business offers a great foundation on which to build.
In this fast-moving era, there is something uniquely refreshing about being totally off-grid and surrounded by nature. An adventure for owners and visitors alike. Who will be next to keep the magic of Doune alive? Who will accept the challenge and make it their own?
Items for Sale
White House, Doune Dining Room and Doune Stone Lodges
Guide Price (Freehold) £550,000
Owners accommodation. Detached 4-bedroom house. Rebuilt in 1982 on the site of a former croft. The main house comprises: [ground floor] lounge, dining, room, kitchen, utility room, toilet, porch, and conservatory. [first floor] bedroom 1, bedroom 2, office/bedroom 3, bathroom.
Part of the main house but accessed separately a self-contained flat [currently used for staff accommodation during the season] consisting of kitchen, bathroom, lounge, bedroom 1 and bedroom 2.
Doune Dining Room and Stone Lodges
Dining Room: Commercial Kitchen, Licensed Dining area suitable for seating 28 people, 2 toilets, single or twin guest room and shower. Separately, situated at the rear, two provision stores and a water treatment plant.
Stone Lodges: [guest accommodation] 3 en-suite family rooms (2 double and 1 twin). Each room has a gallery area with two additional beds suitable for children or young adults. Laundry/Utility room.
The sale includes approximately 2 hectares of land including, shared access paths, a mature garden and a small plot that previously held planning permission for building of a further property.
As a member of the Doune Community, owners enjoy use of a shared pier, pier store, slipway, and boathouse.
Boat: Gripper II
Boats play a vital role in life at Doune. They are the primary means of transport for stores and guests between Mallaig and Doune. They are also used to give guests access to the remoter area and walks around Knoydart. Any boat used commercially is required to be coded for carrying passengers by the Marine and Coastguard Agency (MCA). Built in 2001, Gripper II is a Cygnus 32’ coded by the MCA for carrying up to 12 passengers and 2 crew. The purchase of Gripper II or similar boat is essential for anyone considering taking on the Dining Room and Stone Lodges as a business.
Images of Doune
Notes About Doune and Knoydart
Business at Doune
At present, Doune welcomes visitors during the summer months between April and September. We accommodate up to 8 guests in the Stone lodge and Bothy rooms and with the current arrangement for changeovers on Saturdays and Tuesdays, stays may be 3, 4 or 7 nights or more, allowing guests time to relax and fit in to the place.
There is another business at Doune which historically has run closely alongside the Stone Lodges and Dining Room and for visitors they have appeared as one business. Doune Bay Lodge accommodates groups of 8 to 12 guests, typically for a week’s stay, with special interests such as photography, hill walking, diving, and wild swimming. Groups staying here have taken their meals in the Dining Room. Liz and Andy Tibbetts, who own Doune Bay Lodge, will be retiring at the same time as Jane and Martin Davies, but it is hoped that Doune Bay Lodge will continue to be operated as holiday accommodation.
In addition to our own guests, The Dining Room attracts visitors from passing yachts and people staying elsewhere on Knoydart.
You can read about how the Doune business operates on the main website at: www.doune-knoydart.co.uk
There are four family homes at Doune including the White House. In taking on the White House, Dining Room and Stone Lodges you would be joining a small community. There are several shared facilities including common pathways, the pier, slipway, boathouse, and footpath up the hill. Responsibility for upkeep and maintenance of these facilities is shared between the households.
Since the formation of the Knoydart Foundation in 1997, Knoydart has developed into a vibrant community with some 120 full-time residents. The main centre of habitation is Inverie on the south side of the peninsula. Although folk are spread out, there is a strong sense of community. Tourism is the mainstay of the local economy but there are other activities too. There is a community garden and the newly refurbished village hall (once Covid restrictions permit its opening) is a central gathering place for many social events.
There is a primary school and nursery in Inverie. The primary school is part of a network of similarly sized remote small schools. Children attend the primary school until the age of 12 when they transfer to the High School in Mallaig. Pupils from Knoydart attending the High School stay in the school Hostel during the week and return to Knoydart at weekends via council funded transport.