Boutique hotel plans for historic Scottish site

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Plans to transform one of the most historic buildings in Blairgowrie, Scotland into a swish boutique hotel have been drawn up.

The Old Granary on Lower Mill Street is at the centre of a proposal which is aiming to turn the 18th century mill into a boutique hotel complete with six bedrooms and a restaurant.

Roy Sim Properties, the company behind the application, has approached Perth and Kinross Council for listed building convert needed to convert the old building.

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Local businessman Mr Sim’s firm acquired the C-listed mill building in 1983 and part of the mill was used as a coffee shop and gallery until 2006.

The new plan for the building states ‘the Ericht Hotel and Mill Yard’ would be home to a restaurant, bar, private dining area and six boutique bedrooms. The proposal goes on to say how the retention of the building’s character and setting is “key” to bringing the boutique hotel concept to life.

Also according to the document, as many as 15 potential business tenants have been approached throughout the last three years, but up until now, no feasible interest has been expressed.

Speaking to the Daily Record, a spokesperson for the Comrie-based architects said: “Investment in this proposal poses a significant opportunity to enhance the Lower Mill Street and backland streetscape and spur regeneration, while also encouraging business growth, employment opportunities and economic development within Blairgowrie.”

The design brief adds: “The majority of the proposed alterations are concerned with the internal layout, in particular the introduction of a lift and stair and rooms in the roof space.”

Should the application be given the green light from council leaders, the area around the building would also be landscaped to provide for diners and the occasional market.

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