En­trepreneur plans scaled- down re­vamp

Bou­tique ho­tel for Belleisle House not five- star re­sort

Ayrshire Post - - Around Ayr - Sarah Hil­ley

The Belleisle House Ho­tel dream is back in busi­ness - but on a smaller scale.

The Ayr man­sion was sup­posed to be trans­formed into an elite five- star re­sort but will now be­come a bou­tique ho­tel in­stead.

It is un­der­stood build­ing work could start im­me­di­ately af­ter plan­ning per­mis­sion is granted.

The dra­matic change in di­rec­tion comes five years af­ter de­vel­oper John Camp­bell first bought the premises and vowed to carry out a £ 5 mil­lion makeover.

The Auchin­leck en­trepreneur met with coun­cil bosses a week on Fri­day past to dis­cuss re­sub­mit­ting a new plan for the listed build­ing.

Com­mu­nity coun­cils heard the news at meet­ings last week.

Fort, Seafield and Wal­lace­town Com­mu­nity Coun­cil chair Nor­man McLean said: “John Camp­bell wants to come for­ward with a bou­tique ho­tel, which is mar­vel­lous news. It is a step in the right di­rec­tion be­cause it is on a smaller scale and will not have the same plan­ning hur­dles and will be much sim­pler. There are as­sur­ances he will start work as soon as he gets plan­ning per­mis­sion.”

The de­vel­op­ment was also wel­comed at Al­loway and Doon­foot Com­mu­nity Coun­cil.

Chair Mariyln Dal­gleish said: “I would like to think af­ter all our dis­cus­sions it will move quickly.”

Coun­cil­lor Siob­hian Brown said Mr Camp­bell would “scale down” the Belleisle de­vel­op­ment.

Mr Camp­bell has poured £ 1.3 mil­lion into sav­ing the grand house and mak­ing it wa­ter­tight. Since the ini­tial re­pair work the build­ing has been derelict while Mr Camp­bell and South Ayr­shire Coun­cil failed to agree on park­ing spa­ces. The rest of Belleisle Park has en­joyed a boost in visi­tors thanks to a new play­park and golf club­house. And an old sta­ble block is be­ing con­verted into a cafe and vis­i­tor hub. Res­i­dents have been wait­ing for the Belleisle Ho­tel to make the park com­plete. But Mr Camp­bell has told the Post in pre­vi­ous in­ter­views that the prob­lems with lack of park­ing was hin­der­ing the project.

He has al­ready pulled off a ho­tel trans­for­ma­tion project - re­fur­bish­ing the 300- yearold Dum­fries Arms Ho­tel in Cum­nock.

John Camp­bell is likely to “scale down” the Belleisle de­vel­op­ment He

Listed build­ing The Belleisle House Ho­tel

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.