The new owners of the Castle Hotel in Huntly, Aberdeenshire, have ambitious plans for the refurbishment of the new acquisition and expand its operations.
The 18-bedroom hotel was sold to DTSW Properties Limited, through property firm Graham + Sibbald, close to the asking price of £1.25m.
The Castle Hotel, which also comprises a dining room, two lounges, and a garden terrace set in 11 acres of grounds, was previously owned and operated by Andrew and Linda Meiklejohn for over 21 years.
The new owner is DTSW Properties Limited which has connections with the whisky industry and, after refurbishing the hotel, plans to combine the use and operation of the hotel with their business and further developing the local and leisure custom.
Alistair Letham, a hotel + leisure consultant with Graham + Sibbald, commented: “The imposing, south-facing, Castle Hotel is an impressive hotel property, complemented by a full range of capacious public rooms and a range of bedroom styles. Linda and Andrew Meiklejohn, after their ‘hands-on’ custodianship of the Castle Hotel, have earned their retirement. The new owners have exciting plans for the hotel which will increase the appeal to a range of new customers.”
The Castle Hotel has its origins in the mid-18th century, when it was known as Sandieston House, and in the early 19th century, it was significantly extended by the Dukes of Gordon family and named Huntly Lodge.
In 1946 the building was converted into a hotel.