Northumberland sea front hotel goes up for sale for £550,000

St Aidan Hotel at Seahouses is up for sale for £550,000 after the current owners decided to retire

St Aidan Hotel, Seahouses
St Aidan Hotel, Seahouses

A bed and breakfast with a sea front location is up for sale for £550,000.

St Aidan Hotel at Seahouses in Northumberland is being offered through specialist hotel agents Colliers International.

The property has eight en suite bedrooms and a self-contained flat that is the home of current owners, John and Sue Gibson.

Seahouses harbour and all the amenities of the village - within the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - are only a short walk away.

In addition, there are wonderful views from the hotel straight out to sea towards the famous Farne Islands and views along the coast overlooking gorgeous golden sands and dunes to the iconic Bamburgh Castle.

The bed and breakfast’s turnover and profits are up year-on-year.

So strong is the demand for its bedrooms that the owners have no need of internet booking agencies, which is a rare thing these days.

Alternatively, planning permission is in place to convert the site into six two-bedroom self-contained apartments.

Mr Gibson last night explained why he and his wife, 55, are putting St Aidan on the market.

“We have been doing this ten years now. I personally think ten years is enough doing this kind of work because although we get a couple of months off in the winter, the remainder of the year it is full on.

“So you do not get a day off basically.”

He added: “I am 65 in July so it’s time to retire.”

Mr Gibson, who moved from Bellingham and quit his job as a finance director to take over the B&B, said the couple manage to fill the premises throughout the year by phone and email bookings alone.

He added that the planning permission for the conversion is in place for a further two years.

Mr Gibson added: “We are right on sea front so we have superb views of Bamburgh Castle and equally of the Farne Islands.

“It is a massive attraction for the people in this area.

“You meet lots of nice people, it is a holiday B and B. Most of the people are staying and are just relaxed and happy to be in the lovely countryside.

“A lot of the guests come back regularly because they love what we do.”

Peter Bean, director of Colliers International, said: “Anyone wanting a lifestyle change where they can work for themselves in a beautiful location will love the St Aidan.

“The business is run on simple B & B lines, so it’s all fairly straightforward and the owners are able to enjoy the winter off. If buyers follow this template they will enjoy high profits and a very rewarding lifestyle in a beautiful location.

“Alternatively, for those seeking a home without the business the St Aidan could be ideal; planning permission is already in place for conversion into six two-bedroom self-contained apartments.”

Two other tourism businesses in Seahouses recently won national awards.

St Cuthbert’s House bed and breakfast and Seafield Caravan Park won gold awards at the prestigious VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2014.

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