Hospitality investment

£15m plan to add hotel at listed castle venue

Crossbasket castle

15th century Crossbasket castle has been restored

The owners of a once-derelict South Lanarkshire castle transformed into a five-star hotel and events destination have announced a £15 million investment in a new 40-bed extension and other facilities.  

Steve and Alison Timoney, who spent five years and over £10m restoring the listed 15th century Crossbasket Castle in High Blantyre, near Glasgow, have applied for planning permission for the new hotel, restauran, spa and four eco-friendly detached lodges set within the castle’s extensive grounds.

If approved, work will start early next year and will create up to 52 jobs on when complete in 2023.

It will add 35,000 visitors each year, providing a projected economic boost to the South Lanarkshire economy of £1.2m per annum.

Expansion plan, with Castle to bottom left

Alison Reid-Timoney said: “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.

“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.  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.”

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