The multi-million pound restoration of a ruined Victorian mansion on a historic Aberdeenshire estate is now under way.
Work has started on Ury Mansion House, near Stonehaven, as part of an £80million project to transform the Ury Estate by creating 90 luxury houses.
The B-listed building has been a feature of the Mearns for centuries and has been rebuilt three times, with the most recent incarnation built in 1885.
However, it fell into disrepair in the mid-20th century.
Under the plans for the structure by the FM Group, the mansion would be restored and converted into a luxury hotel and clubhouse.
Proposals are also in the works to transform the grounds into an elite golf course designed by champion Jack Nicklaus
The developer’s plans for the Ury Estate is predicted to create 200 jobs in the area and generate £55.5million for the local economy.
Montrose construction firm, Pert Bruce, secured the restoration contract for the mansion.
The firm will now begin work to renovate the original walls – retaining its stonework and maintaining its original features where possible.
FM Group’s project director for the Ury Estate development, John Lilley, said: “In keeping with its character, the finest calibre of materials will be used in the renovation work on the historic listed building.
“If the golf course gets the go-ahead then the hotel will be home to the golf club and provide, luxury accommodation for visiting golfers.”
Douglas Samways, chairman of Stonehaven Town Partnership, said: “There is a definite need for new leisure and event venue facilities in Stonehaven, particularly due to the number of closures of local hotels in recent years. Most importantly, it would bring much needed employment.
“In its heyday it was a stunning property but has sadly been neglected for too long.”