Work to con­vert man­sion into lux­ury ho­tel pro­gresses

The Oban Times - - News -

WORK on the con­ver­sion of the is­land man­sion Is­lay House into a world- class lux­ury ho­tel con­tin­ues apace and the prop­erty co- owner Steven Haag re­ports ev­ery­thing is go­ing favourably with the al­ter­ations and im­prove­ments.

These have in­cluded cos­metic up­grades to the Grade ‘A’ listed build­ing as well as a num­ber of sig­nif­i­cant struc­tural im­prove­ments.

Among the most chal­leng­ing of the un­der­tak­ings has been the up­grade of the drainage sys­tem, the first to be car­ried out for more than a cen­tury. Prov­ing equally chal­leng­ing was the in­stal­la­tion of a fire safety sprin­kler sys­tem which was no easy task in the 17th cen­tury build­ing.

The own­ers are ex­er­cis­ing a great deal of dis­cre­tion as they set about these im­prove­ments and are re­spect­ful and highly con­scious of the man­sion’s long history and of the re­gard with which it has been held in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

As the ren­o­va­tions con­tinue, op­er­a­tional staff have been en­gaged and the re­main­ing staffing re­quire­ments are presently be­ing con­sid­ered.

The own­ers look for­ward to wel­com­ing guests soon for overnight stays as well as those who wish to avail them­selves of cater­ing and bar ser­vices.

A sec­ond phase of re­de­vel­op­ment will take place over the win­ter in prepa­ra­tion for the planned grand of­fi­cial open­ing in 2016.

Is­lay House was built in 1644 by Sir Hugh Camp­bell of Caw­dor, whose fam­ily owned the is­land at that time. The prop­erty re­mained in the hands of the is­land’s prin­ci­pal landown­ers un­til it was sold to a pri­vate buyer by the Mar­gadale fam­ily in the early 1980s. It was bought by the cur­rent own­ers in May of last year.

WORLD CLASS: Is­lay House is be­ing con­verted into a lux­ury


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