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Britain's most westerly hotel is sold

30 November 2006
Britain's most westerly hotel is sold

The hotel, which was built in 1973 to resemble the upturned hull of a shipwreck, is in Castlebay on the Isle of Barra (or Island of Flowers) at the southern tip of the Outer Hebrides.

It overlooks the white sands of Tangasdale Beach, with views across the Halaman Bay towards the Atlantic Ocean and with Canada the next stop west.

The new owners are John and Elizabeth Johnston, who own other licensed properties in the Western Isles.

The leisure-focused hotel is open between Easter and October (with trade split equally between coach parties and private holidaymakers), although the public bar is open throughout the year.

The two-level bedroom wing contains 40 en-suite letting bedrooms; two en-suite rooms for drivers and guides; a self contained, owners' flat (with two en-suite bedrooms, a living room, kitchen and bathroom); and two staff bedrooms with a shared bathroom and living room/kitchenette area

The public areas include a 78-seat dining room with open vaulted ceiling, a 35-seat residents' lounge, a 40-seat cocktail lounge, a small TV lounge/function room, the year-round Halaman bar with pool table and games area, and a small lounge in the bedroom wing.

The Edinburgh office of Colliers Robert Barry sold the hotel off a guide price of £450,000 on behalf of Diane Worthington.

By Angela Frewin

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