Queen Victoria’s Scottish honeymoon venue to be transformed into ‘world-class’ resort under new ownership

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A castle in Scotland which played host to Queen Victoria on her honeymoon is to be transformed into a ‘world-class resort’ as its new owners set out ambitious expansion plans.

Taymouth Castle in Kenmore has been acquired by Hotels International who now wish to turn the Scottish castle into a five-star hotel and spa, with 37 suites.

The A-listed four-storey neo-Gothic building was used as a honeymoon base for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert after their wedding in 1840.

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This isn’t the first time plans have been unveiled to develop the building. Previously work stalled under Barrasford and Bird, who laid out a proposal to invest £3m into restoring the historic site.

Taymouth Castle has a chequered past after first becoming a hotel in 1922 with a James Braid-designed 18-hole golf course. The site operated as a Polish hospital during the Second World War and it was later leased to a civil defence school.

The new owners’ details have not been revealed, but architect McKenzie Strickland Associates, acting as agents, said: “The proposals, which will replace the consented 14 hotel suites with a total of 23 smaller bedroom suites, are critical in terms of the new investor’s business plan to ensure the castle renovation and operation is financially viable.

They claim this will lead to the ‘ultimate vision’ for the estate which is to turn it into a world-class resort.

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