New era for ho­tel af­ter ma­jor re­vamp

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

De­vel­op­ers have con­firmed the King­shouse Ho­tel in Glen­coe will re­open next month af­ter a £12 mil­lion re­fur­bish­ment.

For­merly a 17th-cen­tury drov­ing inn, King­shouse Ho­tel on Ran­noch Moor has wel­comed its fair share of guests over the cen­turies and was well-loved by climbers and walk­ers on the West High­land Way.

With the re­fur­bish­ment near­ing com­ple­tion, the new ho­tel is al­most un­recog­nis­able.

Project man­age­ment team Bid­wells says great care has been taken to re­tain the in­for­mal­ity of the inn while up­grad­ing the build­ing for to­day’s guests.

King­shouse will be man­aged by the Cri­eff Hy­dro Fam­ily of Ho­tels and owner Stephen Leckie said: ‘Our mo­ti­va­tion from the out­set was to pro­vide con­ti­nu­ity for all the things which make King­shouse unique, while en­sur­ing its longevity for an­other cen­tury and more.’

The re­fur­bish­ment project was not free from con­tro­versy, how­ever, as con­ser­va­tion or­gan­i­sa­tions The John Muir Trust and the Na­tional Trust for Scot­land ob­jected to the new ho­tel plans on the grounds the de­signs are not in keep­ing with the sur­round­ing area.

New gen­eral man­ager Craig Had­dow added: ‘I feel re­ally for­tu­nate to be part of the next chap­ter of this his­toric inn. The re­sponse lo­cally to the 54 new jobs be­ing cre­ated has been su­perb and we in­tend to bring wider fa­cil­i­ties to this area, in­clud­ing wed­dings and events.’

The King­shouse Ho­tel is due to re­open on Fri­day Fe­bru­ary 8.

Own­ers Stephen and Fiona Leckie out­side the new King­shouse Ho­tel.

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