Travel & Tourism - Motel Business For Sale
Thames New Zealand
A rippling brook, A tranquil scene, A place to rest, A traveller’s dream
PRICE REDUCED FOR QUICK SALE
Thames, at the foot of the Coromandel Range, looks out across the Firth of Thames. The largest town on the Coromandel Peninsula, Thames is a blend of old and new.
Thames was once a bustling gold town and at the height of the gold boom in the 1880’s it had a larger population than Auckland. A number of buildings survive from that era including the Brian Boru Hotel, and the Thames School of Mines and Museum. These give a colourful insight into the region’s gold-mining history. Among other gold-mining relics visible today are a 19th century stamper battery, and a steam boiler.
Now Thames is the main shopping location on the Peninsula. It has many boutiques along historic Pollen Street the town’s main street, which, at over 1 km., is the longest in New Zealand. Many people come from all around the region every Saturday morning to the Thames markets, when stalls are lined along Pollen Street selling many interesting items from craft work, home baking, produce and plants through to pottery and odds & ends.
Brookby Motel has been providing accommodation services since the 1960s. The Motel is centrally located in a quiet residential area of Thames and cannot be seen from the main road. It is uniquely situated in a quiet bush setting, in the tranquil valley created by the Karaka Stream. Guests staying at the Brookby Motel can enjoy a variety of bird life such as the Tui, Bellbird, Silver Eye, Fantail, and at night listen to the call of the Morepork, New Zealand’s native owl. There is no traffic noise, only the brook and the birds, and yet it is only a 5-minute walk to central Thames for shopping, dining etc.
Brookby Motel is a small boutique-style motel. It has a nice welcoming feel about it and this makes it the reason why guests return again and again. In fact, many of our guests are either repeat visitors or they are here on the recommendation of friends or family who have stayed here.
All the units have recently been upgraded and modernised and the beds, furniture and fittings replaced. Great attention is paid to the little details in order to meet the needs and comfort of guests - indeed to make Brookby a home away from home. It has been very well maintained and is very well presented.
Brookby Motel is the ideal size for a single owner-operator
Brookby Motel is a small owner operated business and would suit a husband and wife partnership or an active single person. Products / Services
Brookby Motel offers self-contained accommodation in a quiet garden setting:
· 4 x one-bedroom units sleeping 1-4 persons. Three units have king-size beds and the fourth one has twin single beds in the bedrooms. There is also single bed in each lounge. An additional single bed is also available which can be set up in the lounge. All units have well-equipped bathrooms and kitchens. All these units open onto small deck where visitors can enjoy a drink whilst listening to the sound of the stream and the birds.
· 1 x small studio unit sleeping 1-2 persons. This unit has a queen size bed and has the same facilities as the one-bedroom units with the exception of a kitchen. However there is a microwave oven and coffee/tea/toast making facilities.
· 1 x larger studio unit sleeping 1-2 persons. This unit is located in the owner’s residence and has a king-size bed and the same facilities as the small studio.
· A range of breakfasts available on request
· Complimentary NZ Herald available on request
· Off street parking is provided outside each unit
· LCD Television/DVD combo in all units
· Telephone / wireless broadband internet available in all units
· Sky digital TV (12 channels comprising 5 Sky and 7 free-to-air),
· Iron and ironing board in each unit
· Hairdryer in each unit
· Guest laundry
· Gas hot water supply
The owner of Brookby Motel is selling the freehold title to the land (about 1317 square metres) and buildings (about 392 square metres) at 102 Redwood Lane, Thames. The motel block is constructed on a concrete block base wall and concrete piles with concrete block exterior cladding to a decramastic single gable roof. Interior linings comprise a timber floor with concrete block external and dividing walls, hardboard imitation timber and timber veneer wall linings to internal walls and pinex plus Gibralter board ceilings. The front of the concrete block cladding is plastered and painted in modern colours. The units were repainted inside and out in 2006/2007
The owner’s residence is an attractive turn of the century villa (circa 1890/1900). It is constructed on concrete foundations with weatherboard and durrock siding exterior cladding to a long run galvanised corrugated iron hip roof. Interior linings comprise T & G native timber floors with both hardboard, T & G Rimu and Gibralter board wall linings to Gibralter board, pinex plus board and batten ceilings. The exterior of the dwelling was repainted in 2008 and the interior decorated in 2011.
Accommodation includes 2 bedrooms, kitchen/dining area, lounge, sun room, office, hall, bathroom and laundry. The third bedroom to the front is the larger studio unit for the motel. The kitchen and bathroom are above average and date from 2004/2005. The lounge has a Rinnai gas fireplace.
There is a separate double garage with storage/work sheds in the basement.
Day to Day Management
Hours of Operation
Monday to Sunday – 8.00 am to 9.00 pm Staff
The motel is operated by the owner with the assistance of 2 part time staff when required. Stock
A list of all fittings, fixtures and chattels being sold is available to interested buyers. The chattels are values at $50,000.
The business sale will include an operations manual that sets out the current procedures covering the day to day running of the motel.
The Motel office is located in the owner’s residence. It has a computer, PBX phone system, printer/fax machine and eftpos terminal. There is a well proven booking system in place in Callista which also monitors phone calls. The office also houses the 5 Sky decoders.
The business sale will include a customer database.
The motel laundry has one Maytag washing machine and one Simpson washing machine. There are also two Haier tumble dryers (located in the garage). The motel owns all its linen and does its own laundry.
Brookby Motel has averaged just over $135,000/annum gross turnover for the past three years. This is above average for a motel of this size.
Advertising and Promotion
Word of mouth, returned visitors and the Brookby Motel website www.brookbymotel.co.nz are the major contributors to the success of Brookby Motel.
Other advertising is through AA Travel, Jasons, New Zealand Tourism Guide and through listings on various Internet directories as well as street signage in Thames township.
Brookby Motel has also earned good reports in both The Lonely Planet Guide to New Zealand and Fodor’s Blue Guide to New Zealand.
Call Barbara Now on + 64 7 868 6663
All reasonable offers considered
Thames is located 114 km east of Auckland or about a 1½-hour drive from Auckland airport. The recent opening of the new Kopu Bridge means that there is the potential for an increase in the number of visitors to Thames and the Coromandel Peninsula.
As the “Gateway to the Coromandel” Thames is ideally situated as a holiday destination from which to visit the numerous places of scenic beauty on the peninsula. Fabulous golden and white sand beaches with magnificent coastal scenery and a rugged forest cloaked interior waiting to be explored are just some of the natural attractions that have people returning again and again to the Coromandel.
There are many walking/tramping tracks in the nearby Kauaeranga Valley including a day walk to the spectacular Pinnacles, plus campgrounds and trampers’ accommodation. The Karangahake Gorge, on the way to Waihi, also offers a variety of walking tracks. Rocky’s Goldmine Trail, a 2½ - 3-hour bush walk that offers excellent views of the Firth of Thames, regenerating native forest and swimming holes. Numerous species of birds inhabit the Firth of Thames and these can be viewed from the Karaka Bird Hide, which is reached via a boardwalk through the mangroves near the Goldfields Shopping Mall. There are also plenty of sporting activities in the area such as golf, tennis, bowls, croquet, fishing, horse trekking and swimming.
The Thames Coast is 35km of pohutukawa-covered shoreline, which is particularly stunning in December when the native pohutukawa (called the New Zealand Christmas tree) display their brilliant red flowers. Spectacular sunsets are also a particular feature of this coast. The road north to Coromandel town offers a scenic drive along this beautiful coastline and passes through many small communities nestled against the hills. There are plenty of safe swimming beaches along the way with BBQs, picnic areas, and boat ramps for small craft. The rocky coast is also good for fishing.