EXCLUSIVE: The future for Airds Hotel looks bright as record year prompts expansion plans

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The owner of Airds Hotel in Port Appin, Scotland has told Boutique Hotelier of plans to expand the business, as the property records its best ever year of trading.

Shaun McKivragan, who owns the 11-bedroom boutique with his wife Jenny, revealed to BH his ideas to add another restaurant, an extra suite and potential plans to build a lodge on the site, which they have been proprietors of since 2003.

The plans have been sparked after the hotel, which is part of Pride of Britain Hotels and Relais & Chateaux, had a ‘record’ year, with bumper trading this summer as occupancy soared to 95% in August.

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The hotel is already home to a 3 AA Rosette restaurant, headed up by Chris Stanley, with McKivragan aware that expanding the property’s food and beverage offering would help attract guests looking for a longer stay.

“We are very conscious that people staying with us for more than one night, don’t want fine dining every night, he tells BH, “so we want to be able to offer people a second option, something more relaxed and informal.”

If plans came to fruition, the hotel would be extended and another more relaxed, casual restaurant added, with the potential for a large suite to be installed above, to take the hotel’s bedroom stock up to 12.

A second proposal that McKivragan says is being ‘mulled over’ is the idea for a log cabin to be built in the garden, currently home to a croquet lawn.

“Even though the footprint is quite small and compact there is still things we can do,” he adds.

Read more about the plans for Airds and how the McKivragans are building up the business so that it thrives throughout the year in the December issue of Boutique Hotelier.

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