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Savills brings an exciting leisure business to market, just 1.5 miles from the Edinburgh city limit. The Secret Herb Garden and The Secret Garden Distillery include an award-winning sustainable premium gin distillery, extensive botanical herb garden, boutique, bistro, award-winning event venue, parking for approximately 60 vehicles and a beautiful contemporary home of five bedrooms with gardens and orchard. This exceptional property is situated on seven and a half acres at the base of beautiful Pentland Hills Regional Park.

The current owners established the business in 2012 and it now encompasses the only premium Scottish gin distillery in the UK where the botanicals are grown, hand harvested and hand dried on site, where the gin is also distilled. The business is thriving, with an established international customer base, including a number of premier locations, premier retail outlets and premier supermarkets.

This unique business includes trademarks, shares and a license for the events business (currently leased with a four-year lease). Planning permission has been granted for a major extension to the distillery, including new sanitary facilities, a visitor center and offices. Additionally, there are many original buildings in the herb garden with a variety of uses, ranging from storage and beekeeping facilities to a yurt and a railway carriage that has been converted into an office for bistro operators.

Earlier this year, The Secret Garden Distillery rebranded and the new range of spirits was introduced: the new packaging design highlights the Rooted in nature brand ethos and sustainability credentials.

Luke French of Savills Rural Agency said: “The secret herb garden, with its sustainability and lifestyle credentials, is exactly the kind of opportunity that has captured the attention of savvy investors for the pandemic – from lifestyle buyers to businesses. Having a ready-made reputation, idyllic location, established footfall, and of course Herb Cottage (a beautiful residential property) added, will only exacerbate demand.”

Katherine Wigham of the Savills Leisure and Commerce team said: “Voted as one of the top 10 wedding venues in Scotland, the property has planning permission for up to 20 weddings a year and of 40 gastronomic events, all organized by the café operator. Last summer the property was also named in the Sunday Times as one of the top 30 garden centers in the UK. This brief legacy laid a fantastic foundation for a future operator and owner to grow the business even further.

Terri S. Tomasini