One of Scotland’s most haunted buildings is likely to undergo a £50m transformation into a boutique hotel at the hands of property tycoons Chris Naylor and Jo Lloyd
Birkwood Castle in Lesmahagow, South Lanarkshire dates back to 1860 and was once used as a hospital for mentally-disabled children, the ghosts of whom some say still haunt the property.
The developers intend to redevelop the 86-acre Birkwood estate, with the now crumbling castle forming a centre point surrounded by lodges.
The land has belonged to Lloyd since 2012, while the Naylor family came on board last year by buying a 50% share in the project, according to the report on The Herald.
Naylor said: "Our family and the Lloyds have been friends for a few years and share the same entrepreneurial drive.
"When I heard about Jo’s plans for Birkwood Castle they excited me and I knew it was a project we would love to get involved in.
The estate originally belonged to the MacKirdy family, and was used as a private residence until it was donated to the local authority in 1923.
When the hospital closed in 2002, the Grade B-listed building was boarded up and it has lain empty since.
Planning permission will also be sought from South Lanarkshire Council with a decision expected in July.
If it is granted, work would be carried out in stages over several years, although the castle redevelopment would begin immediately.