Cross Keys Hotel, a 280-year-old Scottish coaching inn in Dumfries & Galloway, which is a popular haunt of stargazers, has been put on the market, offering the perfect business for anyone seeking Scottish country charm.

Colliers International is marketing the Cross Keys Hotel in picturesque New Galloway, following the current owner's decision to retire. Alistair Letham, a director with selling agent Colliers International, said that there was considerable scope to grow and develop the business.

"Within the local hospitality trade, the Cross Keys Hotel has focused on being a relatively low volume/good quality unit, and has built up a loyal following from local and tourist trade. As a result, there is considerable scope for a boost in turnover. The property is in excellent condition and offers further scope for development - subject to consent - with a large rear courtyard and garden area.”

Tracing its roots back to 1737, the coaching inn later incorporated adjacent properties, including the police station, to form what is now a good class country village hotel. Compact and easily managed, the ten-bedroom Cross Keys includes a restaurant, snug bar, and owner's accommodation.

New Galloway lies within the Ken Valley, a biosphere and conservation area of outstanding natural beauty. It is famous for its beautiful scenery and has been a favourite with holidaymakers and outdoor sporting enthusiast of all ages and interests. Situated at the gateway to the New Galloway Forest Park, the area offers a range of outdoor pursuits,  including hill walking, sailing, water skiing, motor biking, fishing, ornithology, shooting and cycling.

The Forest is also the UK’s first ‘Dark Sky Park’ boasting some of the darkest skies in Europe, making it an excellent place to enjoy stargazing with over 7,000 stars and planets visible with the naked eye. The new owner and their guests will, therefore, enjoy a night view that has changed little in the almost 300 years of the Cross Key's existence.

Colliers International is inviting offers of around £375,000 for the Cross Keys Hotel, High Street, New Galloway, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway, DG7 3RN.