Rissmann and Taylor in new venture
Hotel pair ready to launch new collection
Hans Rissmann and his wife Lydia
A country house hotel has received a £1 million makeover following its acquisition earlier this year by two renowned hoteliers.
The Strathaven Hotel, an 18th century former country house set in three acres of South Lanarkshire, is the first in The Rissco Collection – a new venture by experienced hospitality industry professionals Hans Rissmann and Peter Taylor.
They spent more than two years looking for opportunities and bought the 22-room Strathaven after working together to launch the five-star Blythswood Square Hotel in Glasgow.
Mr Rissman said: “My father was a hotelier so I was born and bred into the industry and it has always been my ambition to have a hotel of my own.
“When we found The Strathaven Hotel we immediately loved the Georgian front to the building and we liked the challenge of reinvigorating the interiors to bring them up to date.
“The hotel had lacked investment in recent years and the local competition had improved, so it had lost trade, but this is a great area and Strathaven has great potential.”
Hans and Peter hope to reposition the hotel as a destination for weddings and business conferences and plan to double turnover to £2 million a year by hosting around 60 weddings annually.
The pair share an ambition to create a group of five hotels over the next decade, with a plan to welcome guests to properties of a similar size in characterful rural and urban locations.
The investment in The Strathaven Hotel was supported by a £1million loan from Bank of Scotland.