A £1.4m investment and five-year refurbishment project has seen a historic hotel in Moray, Scotland, which has been derelict for almost a decade, reopen for business.
The Seafield Arms Hotel in Cullen was acquired by local businessman Charlie Milne, who heads up Milne Property Developments, in 2014 and had laid empty for five years prior, before he gained planning permission for the revamp.
The project took almost five years to complete.
Speaking to Press and Journal, deputy manager Ailie Flett said: “It has been a challenge to get this place back up and running but eventually we’ve managed it.
“It’s an important building in Cullen and a listed one too. We had to keep the windows at the front and the old staircase as well because it is all protected.
“We have stripped back the walls and created more bedrooms. The interior was in quite a bad state, so now most things are brand new.
“I think everyone has been impressed with what we’ve created.”
The re-opening of the hotel is the first step in a wider project to renovate the entire site at the Seafield Arms and over time it is hoped the adjacent Cullen Town Hall can also be rejuvenated.
Milne Property Developments are in the final stages of negotiating to buy the hall from Moray Council and also constructing holiday cottages on the hotel site.