Owners of a once-derelict luxury castle hotel have submitted £15 million expansion plans to South Lanarkshire Council

The local authority will make a decision on applications submitted for additional rooms, a restaurant and a world-class spa at the listed Crossbasket Castle in High Blantyre.

If the £15 million investment plans are approved, it would create up to 52 new jobs within the Blantyre area. 

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Owners Steve and Alison Timoney - who spent five years and over £10m sensitively restoring the building - have high levels of confidence that Scotland’s tourism and hospitality sectors will bounce back from what has been a devastating year for the industry.

If approved, it’s hoped construction work could start in early 2021, with the two-year build programme carefully planned to minimise disruption to guests and local residents.

Glasgow Times:

Once complete, the hotel and venue will have capacity for an additional 35,000 visitors each year, providing a projected economic boost to the South Lanarkshire economy of £1.2m per annum and establishing the region as a leading tourism destination.

Alison Reid-Timoney said: “We’re really excited to announce our ambitious expansion plans at Crossbasket Castle.

"After purchasing what was a building in a state of total disrepair and on Scotland’s Buildings at Risk Register, it became a true passion project to carefully restore the castle and grounds to their resplendent glory.

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"The expansion marks the next phase of this journey.  We believe pushing forward with this large-scale investment at this highly uncertain time, is not only essential to protect our existing business but is the kind of thing that will encourage the industry to fight back and deliver the standard of facility that our customers are keen to see and will inevitably return to with their usual enthusiasm.

“The new hotel, spa and restaurant designs are all in keeping with the local surroundings, and with its landscape centric design, further establishes the 15th Century Castle as the jewel in the Crossbasket crown. 

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"The local community have provided valuable feedback to allow the design to be developed through various consultations. 

“Although the Covid-19 pandemic has had dealt a significant blow to the economy, we are inspired by how people are fighting back to try to keep their businesses afloat.  This takes great courage and self-belief and we hope our confidence in the recovery will help inspire that fight in our sector.”