**Named as one of ’10 of the best Hotels and Inns in Wales by the GUARDIAN 2023**
An incredible opportunity to purchase a thriving business in a prime tourist location on the UNESCO World Heritage coastal town of Harlech in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park.
On offer is a multi award winning luxury hotel with bar and restaurant, plus the attached Grade II listed former coaching inn providing additional hotel accommodation. The spacious 2 bedroomed owner’s accommodation is superb with its own lounge, private garden and gated parking.
There are 7 luxury en-suite hotel rooms housed in the two 16th century buildings, the restaurant seats 36 – 40 and a separate bar has a cosy lounge and seats a further 18 customers
Located at the top of the “second steepest street” in the world and with the 13th century Harlech Castle opposite, the property sits in a prime tourist location. The glorious sandy beach is within walking distance and the Royal St David’s Links Golf Course is at the bottom of the hill. Castle Cottage is a venue for golfing parties, sightseers, beach lovers and walkers alike. It is an ideal base for exploring the delights of the region, in addition to Harlech Castle, the Ffestiniog Railway and the village of Portmeirion are all close.
The current owner’s enjoy running Castle Cottage as very much a lifestyle business with a very healthy turnover and high occupancy rate. By choice the restaurant and bar have limited opening hours with the restaurant and the bar only open to the public on weekend evenings. Consequently there is enormous potential to expand the business further and increase profits by extending opening times to include lunches, afternoon teas and evening drinks and food and to host functions. The accommodation is also incredibly flexible and presents opportunities to operate in several different ways.
With all the commercial fixtures and fittings included, the business is in the perfect condition for a smooth handover to new owners.
Totally refurbished and fully licensed, the bar has a stylish granite worktop and attractive slate features. There is a cosy seating area in front of a log burning fire and a further seating area which has lovely views though the picture window overlooking the steep street and across to the Dwyryd estuary, Snowdon and the mountain ranges. The bar lounge has 7 tables and can seat up to 18 customers.
There is a well equipped beer cellar and drinks storage area adjacent to the bar meaning that there is plenty of space for draught beers as well as bottles, wines and spirits. The bar is currently open Friday and Saturday nights to the public and weekdays only for residents. This is by owner's choice and tourists and local residents would welcome extended opening hours for this popular venue.
There are two WC's for bar and restaurant guests.
The large contemporary restaurant seating between 36 and 40 customers and is perfect for all day dining. It is spacious and cosy and characterful with a large window to the front where diners can watch the world go by.
There are seven en-suite guest rooms, 3 in the main building and 4 in the annexe. Most have castle, sea or mountain views. All have spacious recently installed en-suites. Beautifully presented with contemporary fixtures and fittings combined with traditional exposed beams and 16th century character. All the rooms are named after local castles and the ground floor annexe rooms are particularly suitable for those with reduced mobility.
On the first floor, with dual windows and window seat with a view of the Snowdonia mountain ranges. This large room has exposed ceiling beams and a built-in wardrobe. The en-suite is spacious with a bath and shower over.
On the first floor with castle and sea views. It has a built-in wardrobe, exposed beams and a long desk and chair in front of the window, perfect for sitting and enjoying the views. The en-suite is spacious with a bath and shower over
Occupying the 2nd floor with lovely views of the Castle, sea, Snowdon and the mountain ranges. There is a wealth of exposed ceiling and A frame beams, plus a seating area with 2 seater leather sofa bed. The spacious en-suite has a corner bath and separate ‘two person’ sized enclosed shower. This is the perfect room for honeymooners or families.
This spacious room is located on the ground floor of the annexe and is perfect for those with mobility issues benefitting from a large en-suite with a separate completely walk in "wet shower" area plus a bath. There is a view of the castle and sea from the dual windows and the room has its own lobby with built-in wardrobe. There is a seating area with a 2 seater leather sofa bed.
Also on the ground floor of the annexe, there is a new oak beam in the ceiling adding character, a built in wardrobe and a sofa. The en-suite has a bath with shower over.
Contemporary and stylish with stunning features, having a high vaulted ceiling with exposed 'A' frame and ceiling beams and original oak cladding to the wall in the apex of the en-suite (430 years old). The room has its own lobby with built in wardrobe and a spacious en-suite with 2 person shower.
On the first floor of the annexe looking over the castle and sea. This romantic room has a vaulted ceiling and exposed A frame and ceiling beams. In addition to the window to the front there is a roof light window. It has its own lobby and a seating area with a 2 seater leather sofa bed. There is a large en-suite with vaulted ceiling, a bath and a separate ‘2 person’ shower. This room is perfect for honeymooners and families.
With its own private entrance and also access directly to the kitchen, the owner's accommodation is excellent. There is a cosy lounge and two double bedrooms both with en-suite. The hallway has space for a desk if required. The accommodation opens out to the very private courtyard garden where there is also a large parking area and remote control gate.
A large and well equipped commercial kitchen with separate cooking, preparation, storage, refrigeration and freezer areas, plus a large walk in refrigerator. Cold beer store/ cellar area, further storage, preparation and service areas. There is a linen store and laundry room. A full inventory of the kitchen equipment is available on request.
All fixtures and fittings (with the exception of personal effects) are included in the sale.
There is private parking to the front for 3 cars. To the rear is the owner's private garden which is spacious and low maintenance with sandstone flags and stone chipped areas. It is totally enclosed with a large parking area and remote control gate.
The original stone cottage is believed to date back to around 1585. It has a lace valley roof dating back to this period, a particular feature of which is that it does not require lead. This roof is thought to be one of only four of its kind from the Tudor era in existence in Gwynedd. Castle Cottage has an illustrious past and, as a public house/coaching inn called the Red Lion, was run in the 17th and 18th century by various members of the Anwyl family. The Anwyls of Harlech descended from the Anwyls of Parc in nearby Llanfrothen — a family which claimed descent from Gruffydd ap Cynon, King of North Wales. The annexe is the original Grade II listed coaching Inn.
The properties are on separate titles. Both are connected to mains electricity water and drainage. Heating is electric. Financial accounts available on request. Both properties are on business rates and qualify for business rates relief. Council tax (band A) is payable on the owner's accommodation only.