A historic watering hole in Glencoe is to bring a major jobs boost to the north as it prepares to open its doors following a £12million revamp.
The Kingshouse Hotel, overlooking the 3,345ft Buchaille Etive Mhor, has for generations been known by walkers, hikers and tourists alike as a warm and inclusive location.
As part of the owners’ efforts to become an all-year round destination, the 17th century property underwent a multi-million pound transformation for a 21st century outdoors audience.
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Posted by Kingshouse Hotel, Glencoe on Friday, 28 December 2018
Around 54 additional jobs are expected to transpire when doors open on February 8.
New general manager Craig Haddow said: “I feel really fortunate to be part of the next chapter of this historic inn.
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“The response locally to the 54 new jobs being created has been superb and we intend to bring wider facilities to this area, including weddings and events.
“The revamp allows us to serve a broader audience and cater for longer stays than the old hotel.
“I can’t wait to welcome a new generation of walkers and travellers to its door, to fall in love with the place, the fabulous backdrop and the warmth of the hospitality that I and my team are committed to offering.”
The extension to the existing property has included the creation of a brand new dining room to accompany the hotel’s original climbers’ bar which has been renamed ‘The Way Inn’.
An additional 35 rooms have also been added.
The hotel is steeped in history, having once been used after the Battle of Culloden in 1745 as barracks for the government troops of King George III, hence the name Kings House.
Historic figures including author Charles Dickens and poet William Wordsworth have stayed there.
Kingshouse will be managed through the family owned Crieff Hydro Family of Hotels.
Owner Stephen Leckie added: “Our motivation from the outset, was to provide continuity for all the things which make Kingshouse unique, while ensuring its longevity for another century and more.
“The owners know and love the Hotel, having stayed here themselves over several decades.
“It was important for all of us to retain the ethos of muddy boots and wet dogs drying in front of open fires, while ensuring the standard of hospitality and comfort was fit for the international audience attracted to dramatic Glencoe.”