Two Argyll hotels are in line for a £7.4million upgrade, providing high quality accommodation and facilities.
Southworth Development LLC of Boston, Massachusetts, through its subsidiary Kintyre Development, plans to restore the Ugadale Hotel in Machrihanish and the Royal Hotel in Campbeltown. Funding of £1.12 million towards the project has been approved by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) with a further £744,000 from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
The redevelopment will form part of a comprehensive programme of investment by Southworth, an international golf resort management and development organisation.
The project will build on the previous investment in the new Machrihanish Dunes golf course, an 18-hole links course formally opened in July this year and also owned by Southworth. It has developed a golf shop, bar/restaurant and modern apartments at Machrihanish, available on a freehold fractional ownership basis.
Built in 1898, The Ugadale Hotel in Machrihanish overlooks the famous Machrihanish Golf Course which was built in the 1870s by Old Tom Morris. The course regularly features in the 'Top 10' Scottish courses and the world 'Top 100'. The completed hotel will comprise 21 rooms, a malt whisky bar and seafood restaurant.
The Royal Hotel, located in the centre of Campbeltown and with views across the famous Campbeltown Loch, will be comprehensively refurbished to provide 23 rooms, including three suites, a bar and an oyster and seafood restaurant.
Southworth aims to complete the ambitious projects by spring 2011.
HIE's acting chief executive Sandy Brady said: “This approval forms a key part of delivering on the Kintyre Action Plan which is being driven forward by the partnership of public agencies in Argyll. The hotels will both add significant value to the area, with the proximity of two golf courses of such a high standard attracting golf tourists from around the world. HIE is pleased to support such investment in the local area.”
David DeSmith, Director of Marketing for Southworth, said: “These hotels are an integral part of our aim to make Machrihanish a must-visit golf destination for both national and international visitors. We aim to provide world-class accommodation which will be worthy of Kintyre, one of the most beautiful areas in the world.”
Note to editors:
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is the Scottish Government's regional development agency for an area which covers half of Scotland, from Shetland to Argyll and from the Outer Hebrides to Moray. Visit www.hie.co.uk for more information.
Southworth Development owns and manages golf resort and real estate communities in many parts of the world. Visit www.southworthdevelopment.com for more information.