A raft of couples set to walk down the aisle at Elgin’s Mansion House Hotel have been warned not to expect their deposits back following the venue’s declaration of bankruptcy.
It has been reported that the 22-bed independent hotel in Scotland used deposits from betrothed couples to keep its business afloat while it faced financial difficulties, and as a result will be unable to return the £650 fee to couples now without a venue.
Accountant in Bankruptcy, an insolvency service in Scotland, has stated that, while individual appeals would be considered on a case-by-case basis, it expects dozens of couples to be affected as a result of the hotel’s former owner, David Baker, being declared bankrupt last month.
In addition to reports of couples being left in the lurch, it has also been reported that the venue could re-open its doors in time for summer as it is currently in the process of being sold.
The 130-year-old property is being managed by chartered surveyors DM Hall, appointed by Wylie & Bisset as agents for the Scottish Government’s Accountant in Bankruptcy.
The property has been competitively priced with a view to securing a quick sale. The guide price is listed as £975,000.