Former Glencoe hospital building may become a guesthouse
THE former Glencoe Hospital building, which was put up for sale after a controversial decision by NHS Highland to close it in 2009, has been bought by a private owner. Roger Neimeyer, a businessman who currently lives at Onich, is understood to have bought the building and grounds, which includes 10 acres of parks, a lochan and circular walk. The sale comes after an earlier unsuccessful attempt at a community buyout of the building, which was originally a Victorian mansion house and country home of Lord Strathcona.
It was placed on the market by NHS Highland at offers in excess of £445,000 in February after the 114-year- old hospital closed in early 2009. The closure prompted protests from local residents.
However, officials defended their decision saying the hospital cost more than £1million a year to maintain and was “no longer fit for purpose”.
NHS Highland confirmed earlier this year that six offers were made for the building and grounds.
Mr Neimeyer has already made introductions to his new neighbours and has signalled his intention to use the building as a private residence with the possibility of a guesthouse.
Work is currently being undertaken on the property and scaffolding has been erected around on one section of the house.
NEWROLE: The site of the former Glencoe Hospital, which shut in 2009 when NHS bosses ruled that it was not fit for purpose