A former hotel in the North East, which has recently developed a new on-site self-catering lodge, is now bidding to add a gastro pub to its offering, after a planning application was submitted to the local council.
The Potarch Hotel in Ballogie, Royal Deeside, which has been derelict for over two years, has now been split up into a luxury self-catering lodge comprising seven bedrooms and now renovations have begun on transforming the other side of the building into a gastro pub and restaurant.
Owners Ballogie Estate Enterprises believes that this change in use will help to meet the needs of the area’s growing tourism market.
They officially closed the property in October 2013, after business levels dwindled and revenue struggled.
Plans were originally unveiled to turn the spot into a four-star 40-bed hotel with a bistro and restaurant, but were withdrawn in 2014 after Ballogie Estate Enterprises deemed the project as ‘high risk’.
Property manager at Ballogie Estate Enterprises, Lewis Gray said that the new restaurant is scheduled to open in June, subject to planning permission.
Gray said: “The building will not really change, it will look as it does at the moment but a lot nicer and polished.”