The new owners of the hotel in the Scottish Highlands have been given permission to extend its offering with seven new bedrooms, making way for some of hotel’s staff to stay in accommodation on site.
Councillors have given Kintail Lodge Hotel the green light to extend the existing site with the new rooms, plus a glass corridor linking to the main building and an improved main entrance.
The seven new bedrooms will take the hotel’s total rooms offering up to 19.
A detached trekkers lodge will become accommodation for 11 workers and a static caravan will be removed to provide more purpose built staff accommodation and garage, which will no doubt improve the hotel’s appeal to budding hospitality employees.
Kintail Lodge Hotel in the Highlands is also planning to extend its restaurant to be able to serve 60-65 covers with a separate breakfast area.
A new trekkers lodge will be built, plus the existing Wee Bunkhouse refurbished to form a kiosk for hot food.
The move is part of plans to capitalise on the hotel’s popularity with hikers to the Highlands. The lodge is located near the end of the Affric Kintail Way, a 44 mile cross-country route for walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders stretching from Drumnadrochit by Loch Ness to Morvich in Kintail.
General manager Helen MacLeod said: “The new owners, Mr and Mrs Smith, want to have a slightly bigger hotel than it is, but not lose the small hotel magic of the place.
“People going into or coming from the hills is a big part of our business.”
The design statement said the refurbishment will include ways to make the most of the building’s location by maximising views of Loch Duich and the mountains.