As a once-derelict South Lanarkshire castle which was transformed into a five-star hotel and events destination we are now delighted to announced a large-scale expansion project.
After spending five years and almost £10m sensitively restoring the listed Crossbasket Castle in High Blantyre, near Glasgow, we have applied for planning permission that would see the investment in the award-winning property more than double.
The plans include a £15m investment in a new 40-bedroom extension, restaurant and state-of-the-art spa set within the castle’s extensive grounds, which if approved will bring up to 52 new jobs to the Blantyre area. We are confident in the speedy recovery of Scotland’s tourism and conference and events industries.
If approved, it’s hoped construction work could start in early 2021, with the two-year build programme carefully planned to minimise disruption to guests and local residents.
Once complete, the hotel and venue will have capacity for an additional 35,000 visitors each year, providing a projected economic boost to the South Lanarkshire economy of £1.2m per annum and establishing the region as a leading tourism destination.
Alison Reid-Timoney said: “We’re really excited to announce our ambitious expansion plans at Crossbasket Castle. 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.
“The new hotel, spa and restaurant designs are all in keeping with the Calder surroundings and existing nearby buildings, developed following fantastic feedback from our consultations with the local community.
“Although the Covid-19 pandemic has had dealt a significant blow to the tourism and events industry, we are confident that investing in world-class tourism infrastructure now will help support the nation’s recovery when travel and events resume.”
The second hotel, which is completely standalone from the castle, will provide additional accommodation for wedding parties and let out to guests on an exclusive-use basis, along with the creation of four eco-friendly detached lodge houses.
The luxury spa would house a glass-fronted café with views of the Calder river, swimming pool, fitness studio and saunas, as well as treatment rooms.
Completing the expansion is a new, modern restaurant which aims to seat 132 covers, along with a bar, snug areas and a stage for live entertainment in the evenings. Like the new hotel, the restaurant will sit separately to the main castle building.
Since opening in 2016, Crossbasket Castle – which is managed by Inverlochy Castle Management International (ICMI) – has attracted numerous accolades including Best Newcomer at the Condé Nast Johansens Annual Awards for Excellence and Castle Hotel of the Year at the Scottish Hotel Awards.
It is also home to one of Scotland’s only restaurants from culinary royalty Albert & Michel Roux Jr, which has been awarded three AA Rosettes for exceptional standards of cuisine.