Auchingarrich Wildlife Park is a well-established business set in a picturesque location with excellent views over the surrounding countryside. The village of Comrie lies a short distance to the north and is a popular tourist destination together with other …
Auchingarrich Wildlife Park is a well-established business set in a picturesque location with excellent views over the surrounding countryside. The village of Comrie lies a short distance to the north and is a popular tourist destination together with other amenities including restaurants independent shops and a golf course.
The wildlife park is located approximately 6 miles west of Crieff which has a range of amenities and facilities including local and national retailers, a small supermarket, medical services, and restaurants. Perth is located about 23 miles to the east and has a wider range of facilities including supermarkets, leisure facilities and many tourism related activities.
The surrounding area is known for its unspoilt countryside with its dramatic mountains, glens, lochs and rivers. Loch Earn is located a short distance to the west and is renowned as a haven for watersports, fishing is also available on the River Earn and the famous River Tay. The Loch Lomond and Trossach National Park lies to the west and is known for its outstanding beauty and is a major visitor attraction. The A85 which runs through Crieff and Comrie and lies a short distance to the north of Auchingarrich Wildlife Park is a major tourist route linking Perthshire to the West Highlands.
The wildlife park extends to approximately 131 acres (53 hectares) and is accessed via a private road leading from the B827 public road.
Auchingarrich enjoys an elevated but secluded position and benefits from excellent views to the north over the surrounding countryside.
The wildlife park encompasses a shop, café, 2 play barns, a hatchery, general purpose shed, adventure playground and a stone built steading building adjacent to Auchingarrich Farmhouse which provide additional storage and workshop space. The park is well established and has been developed over a number of years with a network of internal roads and pathways leading to the animal enclosures and attractions. The park has been immaculately maintained and is very well presented.
The wildlife park is home to a wide variety of exotice animals including meerkats, lemurs, porcupines, coati mundi, wallabies and wild cats to name a few.
The principal accommodation is as follows:
The shop is of steel portal frame construction with metal box profile sheet clad wall and roof. Internally, the property has a concrete floor, insulated wall panels and is divided into a retail area and class room/function room. The shop extends to 941 sq.ft (87.45 sq.m).
The café was built in 2010 and comprises a timber framed property with timber cladding exterior walls, box profile roof and aluminium rainwater goods. The building comprises café area, fully fitted commercial kitchen, toilets and baby changing facility. The café area benefits from floor to ceiling double glazed windows and there is a timber deck to the front of the building. The café extends to approximately 2,317 sq.ft (215.27 sq.m) and has capacity for 80 covers.
The Hatchery is of concrete portal frame construction with concrete block walls and a concrete floor. Externally, the building has plastic rainwater goods. The gable ends are part rendered and part timber clad. Externally, there are animal enclosures extending along each side of the shed which are timber framed with corrugated roof. There is a further Meerkat enclosure which is constructed from concrete block walls with reinforced glass above. The building extends to approximately 2,260 sq.ft (209.92 sq.m).
Old Play Barn:
The barn is of steel truss construction with concrete block walls and concrete floor. The barn has a large timber sliding door. There are animal enclosures extending along the sides of the barn which are timber framed with timber and mesh sides and roofs. The building extends to approximately 2,486 sq.ft (230.95 sq.m).
New Soft Play Barn:
The new barn is steel portal framed with metal box profile walls and ceiling and a concrete floor which is partially carpeted. Lighting is by suspended fluorescent strip lighting. There is a roller shutter door to one end of the barn. The building extends to 2,933 sq.ft (272.49 sq.m).
Animal Enclosures: There are a variety of animal enclosures extending along the sides of the shed and also free standing. They are generally timber framed with wire mesh sides. There are a number of wildlife pens which are laid to grass and bound by a mix of post and rylock fencing and timber fencing.
The land is generally Grade 4(2) in James Hutton Institute for Soil Research and approximately 45 acres is laid to grass for rough grazing and has been split into animal enclosures. Approximately 50 acres comprises woodland with a mix of broadleaves and conifers. There is deer proof fencing surrounding the land holding. The remainder of the land encompasses the café and sheds serving the wildlife park along with the car park. The land is not IACS registered and accordingly does not claim single farm payment entitlement.
The farmhouse is centrally located within the park and is of traditional stone construction, arranged over 2 floors under a pitched slate roof.
The property has 5 bedrooms with 1 having ensuite facilities and a nursery/changing room, 3 reception rooms, a kitchen and 3 bathrooms and 1 study/office. The property is set in attractive grounds with a landscaped garden over looking a duck pond to the south.
General Purpose Shed:
The shed is timber framed with a box profile cladding and a part concrete part earth floor. There are large sliding doors to the shed and it also houses the oil tank supplying the adjacent residential property.
The business is family owned and was established in 1992 with the current owners running the business for over 10 years. The wildlife park benefits from year round trade with in excess of 55,000 visitors a year which peaks in the Spring, Summer and early Autumn months.
Auchingarrich also is well known locally and enjoys many repeat visits and is a good place for young families to meet and enjoy the attractions on offer. The business also benefits from diversity of income with the café welcoming visitors locally from nearby Comrie, St. Fillans and Crieff as well as providing meals and refreshments to visitors from out-with the area.
There are 4 trout ponds that are let to an operator on an informal basis and there is scope to increase the profile and a take a more commercial approach to provide another source of income.
We also consider there are good prospects of further diversification in the form of developing self-catering accommodation such as chalets or glamping pods subject to obtaining the necessary consents.
The three year average turnover is the order of £560,000. Trading accounts can be provided to seriously interested parties on request following viewing of the property.
The wildlife park has mains connections of electricity. Water and drainage is by way of connection to private systems. Plans showing the location of mains services are available in the data room.
The café, shop and farmhouse have oil fired heating
RIGHTS OF WAY/WAYLEAVES AND SERVITUDES
There are two rights of way across the wildlife park to allow neighbouring owners to access forestry plantations and for the extraction of timber.
ENERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATE
The residential property has an energy performance rating of F. Please contact the selling agents for a copy of the EPC.
The wildlife park has a rateable value of £20,000.
An online data room has been prepared, containing relevant accounts information for the business, the zoo licence together with plans showing the location of the mains services infrastructure and the title plan documentation.
Please contact Galbraith for access.
VAT will be payable on the purchaser price.
Each party will be responsible for bearing their own legal costs. The purchaser/s will be responsible for LBTT, registration dues and VAT incurred in connection with the transaction.
VIEWING AND FURTHER INFORMATION
Viewing of the wildlife park is by appointment only.