Still no news here on when I’ll complete on the croft purchase. I can’t even get hold of my solicitor at the moment to find out what the delay is!
In the meantime, if anyone fancies going into business up here on the north coast, there are a couple of opportunities coming up in the auctions.
The Schoolhouse restaurant at John o’Groats has been closed for a while now, but as you can see from old Trip Advisor reviews, it was well-loved.
It has a guide price of £80,000, a considerable drop from the offers over £145,000 DM Hall had it listed at when it first came up for sale. John o’Groats has gone through a lot of changes over the past few years, with Natural Retreats coming in and restoring the main hotel and building eco-lodges, so it could be a good opportunity for someone to revive the restaurant again.
If cooking isn’t your thing, how about a spot of retailing? Two shop units that are usable as one shop with a guide of £55,000.
I have a funny feeling I may have mentioned this in an auction post before, but hey ho. This, along with the unit to its right as you look at it, used to be one of those rummage-y shops that did a little bit of everything, though it leaned more towards DIY stuff. It’s a bit off the main drag, but fine for a destination shop and there’s plenty of free parking nearby.