Scottish castle transformed into new boutique

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A £7m project to renovate a Scottish castle and former hospital into a boutique hotel is formally underway with the first phase now complete.

Birkwood Castle’s run-down and dilapidated estate is said to be one of Scotland’s most breath-taking examples of Victorian gothic architecture.

The multi-million pound redevelopment of the castle and hospital into a boutique hotel should be completed by April 2016. The venue, which is aiming for four-star certification, will host weddings, conferences and other events.

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As reported by the Scotsman, developer Envestco are now entering the second stage of renovations during which they intend to make the castle structurally sound before fixing the building’s more visible fixtures and fittings.

The surrounding 86-acre estate, to which the developer and hotel operator recently added a further 38-acre plot, will also get a major housing development by Envestco’s subsidiary Redwood Homes. Including luxury homes, woodland holiday chalets and more than 70 new homes the project will take around seven years at a projected cost of £70m.

Situated in the village of Lesmahagow, Birkwood was built in 1860 as a family home before becoming a hospital for mentally-disabled children. After closing its doors in 2002 it fell into disrepair despite its listed status.

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