Plans lodged to resurrect Newburgh hotel into five-star boutique masterpiece

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Plans have been lodged to transform a hotel in Newburgh, which was acquired by an investment company in March last year, into a new five-star boutique hotel.

The proposal is part of new owner, ECS Investments’ ambitious development plans, which would see the Udny Arms Hotel converted into a 12-bedroom hotel, a year after a plan was submitted to convert the hotel into 10 flats.

If given the go ahead, the bedroom annexe of the building would be converted into two houses, while a further five townhouses would also be developed.

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A statement from the owner, ECS Investments, said: “The proposals would reduce the scale of the hotel and refurbish the original buildings, in order to provide a five-star boutique hotel.

“The scale of the hotel is to be reduced by removing the function suite, the recent extensions and the disconnection from the annexe to the north (semi-detached Victorian houses).

“The remaining original coach-house buildings would then be renovated and refurbished to provide the five-star boutique hotel accommodation, which is felt to be more viable in the current market.”

The hotel was previously owned and operated by Oxford Hotels and Inns, which shut the premises in 2013 for significant renovation work due to extensive flooding throughout the hotel.

The bar and restaurant reopened in December 2013 and the hotel in February 2014, however, the function suite remained closed.

The premises, including the bar and restaurant, was then put up for sale in September 2014, before being sold to ECS Investments Ltd in March last year.

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