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Castle will build more residences

Surge in rich golf tourists prompts expansion at Fife venue

Eden ClubA historic club in Fife is expanding to meet demand from wealthy golf tourists looking for a second home in Scotland.

The Eden Club at Pittormie Castle in St Andrews has raised £12 million to add 10 luxury residences which will double the number of fully serviced second-homes on the estate in addition to the eight stately suites in the main castle.

The investment will be privately funded by the owners following rising demand for memberships from well-off visitors from around the world.

General manager Fiona McIlroy said the owners believed this was the right time to invest in the property: “We now have great demand from international members looking to visit Scotland year round, to play golf, hunt or enjoy other pursuits using our iconic castle home as their base.”

Pittormie Castle and estate was acquired 2005 from the McKinnon family who until recently owned the Scotch whisky liqueur company Drambuie.

Working with Historic Scotland, the Eden Club carried out a detailed and sensitive renovation to create a luxury private members club at the home of golf.  There are now more than 700 members from 42 countries.  It boasts a Michelin-starred chef and a number of leisure activities.

The castle is particularly popular with the North American market where the residence club model is more established. More than half of the Eden Club members are American based business and leisure travellers, paying tens of thousands of pounds for the privilege of joining.

The Eden Club is currently preparing for its own series of events around the Open Golf Championship held in St Andrews in less than two week’s time.

The castle will host some of the world’s top players during the competition and is also hosting a gala dinner for golfers and their wives.  But the gated estate will be heavily guarded, as the privacy and security of its high profile guests comes as paramount.

Work on the expansion starts in November and is expected to complete in time for the 2017 summer golfing season.

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