A famous haunt of Robert Burns has been placed on the market after being turned into a boutique hotel.
The Black Bull Inn & Hotel in Moffat, which is best known for a poem that Burns etched onto on a pane of glass on the premises, has undergone an extensive £500k refurbishment to transform the building into a modern hotel and is now looking for a new owner.
Following its conversion, The Black Bull boasts 15 bedrooms, a bar area and corner server with seating for 21, a snug bar plus a Burns Suite meeting room. The restaurant lounge provides up to 42 covers and a sauna is also available for guests on the first floor, while there is also a beer garden and staff accommodation.
Alistair Letham, a director in the UK hotels agency team at Colliers International, said: “Having undergone an extensive £500,000 refurbishment, the Black Bull Inn has been upgraded to provide modern accommodation and facilities throughout, while keeping the historic feel and charm of the original Inn that opened its doors in 1568. The Black Bull offers a superb opportunity to acquire a fully refurbished and operational business, where the new owners can take full advantage of the trading opportunities and become part of a prosperous and comfortable country town community.”
The property has gone on the market for £850k and is home to Burns’ famous ‘epigram to a scrimpit nature’, which was written while drinking in the Black Bull.
But it has other claims to fame over its 450-year history: From 1683 to 1685, the Black Bull was used as the headquarters for Graham of Claverhouse and his dragoons, sent by the then English King to put down the religious rebels in the south west Borders.