IT is arguably one of Scotland’s most beautiful white sandy beaches and is a setting which Gaelic poet Sorley MacLean even weaved into his poem Tràighean when he described the natural beauty of Calgary Bay as a place where you could spend eternity with a loved one.

With its small community of just a few homes, the sweeping, sheltered bay is overlooked by Calgary Castle which was built in the 1820s by Captain Alan MacAskill, the landowner of the time.

And with views over to Coll and Tiree, it could be described as one of the most picturesque stop off points for tourists to enjoy a scone and a cup of tea.

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It would seem property experts agree as a tearoom which sits next to Calgary Bay has just gone on the market for almost £1 million as the current owners have decided to retire after running the venue for 33 years.

HeraldScotland: The Reade's began their renovation project more than 30 year agoThe Reade's began their renovation project more than 30 year ago

The Calgary Cafe on the Isle of Mull is on the doorstep of the beach at Calgary Bay. Tourists to the Hebridean island flock to the thriving tearoom which comes complete with a three bedroom farmhouse and three self-catering properties.

It is being marketed by estate agents Bell Ingram for offers over £975,000 after the current owners Matthew and Julia Reade decided to retire.

The couple have run the business on the north-west point of the island for the past 34 summers but they feel now is the time to pass on the property to someone else.

Mr Reade, 56, said: "We felt it was the right time to give somebody else the opportunity to live and work here.

"We're not moving far as we've built a house nearby overlooking the bay. We couldn't imagine living anywhere else.

"It's a very busy spot. We welcome a lot of day trippers and many people who return to Mull every year. There's people who have been coming here all the years we have been here.

"Our boys grew up here with the beach on our doorstep which they just loved.

"We employ seasonal staff in the summer and when they finish a shift they run down to the beach and swim in the sea. Is there anywhere else in Scotland you can finish your day with a swim in the Atlantic?"

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And while the couple of run it successfully as a cafe over the years and pride themselves on sourcing and using local produce, they are not against the idea of becoming used for something different,

Mr Reade added: "It doesn't necessarily need to be a cafe. It could be a licensed restaurant, or a yoga retreat, or a recording studio. It's such a versatile space."

HeraldScotland: Calgary Bay cafe could be yours for nearly £1millionCalgary Bay cafe could be yours for nearly £1million

A derelict farm originally, the Reades renovated the space into a seven- bedroom hotel and restaurant.

After 22 years, they converted the hotel into self-catering accommodation but the one constant has been the cafe.

Right next to the Calgary Cafe is Calgary Art in Nature, a popular woodland trail featuring sculptures that celebrate the beauty of nature.

It is not just the cafe which is being put up for sale, it also includes other properties which were developed - the Farmhouse, the Hayloft, the Byre and the Dovecote and along with the East and West Lofts and the Cart Studio.

Mr Reade, originally from Somerset moved to Mull at the age of 16, when his father sent him and his brother to the area to set up a dairy farm. A few years later he met Julia and the couple bought Calgary Farmhouse together, while Mr Reade's family who own Isle of Mull Cheese, used the land for their dairy cattle.

Mrs Reade, 58, said: "We were looking for house when we had just got married and the farmhouse came up so we thought we would give it a go and here we are almost 35 years later.

"We took on the renovation project to transform it from a derelict farmhouse into seven bedroom hotel and restaurant."

HeraldScotland: The Reades will have more time for other projectsThe Reades will have more time for other projects

The couple brought their own skills set to the partnership which made a successful team. Mr Reade drew on his passion for woodwork and sculpture while Mrs Reade had a  background in catering which helped on the restaurant side of the business.

"We have had repeat customers over the years with some who came in the summer of 1989 still coming to see us," added Mrs Reade. "We are now at the stage where their grown up children come along with their own families."

The couple won't be strangers to the area and with their new lifestyle it will give keen wood carver Mr Reade the chance to work on sculptures.

Mrs Reade added: "It is a big step for us and it will be nice for us to see what someone else can do with the place. We didn't want our sons to have to feel that had to take it on as they have their own interests, but it was just time for us to move on."

Oban estate agent Bell Ingram has been marketing the property, with a sales brochure for the property reading: "The property is beautifully presented and has evolved over time to incorporate a wide range of bespoke design concepts.

"Comprising approximately 30 inside covers and up to 20 outdoor covers, this thriving business offers a range of barista coffee, artisan teas, handmade cakes and a substantial hand prepared menu.

"It has steadily built up and maintains a reputation as one of the islands' foremost food and beverage establishments and now offers a wonderful lifestyle opportunity and huge potential for ambitious new owners to really make the place their own and increase revenue further."