Former Corpach hostel to be auctioned

Farr Cottage in Corpach, pictured, which is to be auctioned next month. NO F20 Farr Cottage 01

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News that a disused hostel in Corpach is to go under the auctioneer’s hammer early next month has been welcomed by the chairman of the local community council.

John Hutchison, who heads up Kilmallie Community Council, was commenting this week after news that Farr Cottage was to be sold off with a guide price of £185,000.

The sale will comprise a six-bed detached house, former hostel and activity centre, four-bed detached annex and what is described as ‘generous’ garden grounds.

The home report values the property at £225,000 and Dalry-based Wilsons Auctions,  which will sell the property at auction on June 8, says it has endless opportunities with uses suited to both a family house, B&B and hostel.

Farr Cottage in Corpach. NO Farr Cottage 03
Farr Cottage in Corpach.
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Mr Hutchison told the Lochaber Times this week he welcomed the news the property would be brought back into use and was sure many in the local community would feel the same.

‘It is good there might now be some prospect of development of this important site in Corpach,’ said Mr Hutchison.

John Hutchison, pictured, who says the car park at the Commando Memorial should be considered sacrosanct in any proposals for use of car parks for overnight stays by motorhome users. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos JOHN HUTCHISON John Hutchison. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos
John Hutchison. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos
JOHN HUTCHISON John Hutchison. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos

‘I would think if it is sold it might possibly end up as housing possible, perhaps along the lines of apartments and I would think something like three families could get homes out of a place like that.’

Lorren Mullen, property department manager for Wilsons Auctions Ltd, said the property had been inactive for a number of years.

‘It is being sold by the bank directly,’ she said, adding that there had been several enquiries from interested parties within just hours of Farr Cottage being listed for auction.

‘It is quite a niche property and is a good development opportunity,’ Ms Mullen told us. ‘I think there should be a fair amount of interest as it is in an attractive location and priced to sell.’

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