OWNING a hotel in the Trossachs offers the chance to run a rural business, yet live within easy reach of Glasgow.

DM Hall are marketing the charming Altskeith Hotel, which stands on the north shore of Loch Ard three miles west of Aberfoyle.

Built as a country house around 1740, it has been extended on at least three occasions. Just over 100 years ago the impressive portico and bay windows were added.

In recent years Altskeith has been run as a small country hotel with six letting bedrooms, each with ensuite bath or shower room. There is also a lounge, conservatory, dining room, and study, plus two attic bedrooms.

The main reception rooms take full advantage of the views across the loch to the forested hills beyond.

The garden extends to around four acres and there is a boathouse on the foreshore, with salmon fishing rights on the loch. The

property includes a stable and outbuildings.

The agents say that some upgrading and modernisation is required, particularly to the kitchen. DM Hall's Edinburgh office is seeking offers over #265,000.