Friars Wynd boutique hotel opens for business

A two year renovation project has turned a dilapidated Victorian  building. Picture: Contributed

A two year renovation project has turned a dilapidated Victorian building. Picture: Contributed

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A TWO-YEAR renovation project that nearly ran out of financial steam twice concludes today with the official opening of Stirling’s newest hotel, writes Kristy Dorsey.

Costing nearly £500,000, the boutique Friars Wynd includes eight individually designed bedrooms within a formerly dilapidated Victorian building in the heart of the city. Employing five people, it also has a wine bar and restaurant.

Owners Jonathan and Ying Holwell “put everything on the line” after spotting the property in 2013. Although originally looking to open a restaurant, the couple drew up fresh plans for a hotel.

They nearly ran out of money twice – they 
re-mortgaged their home, used up their life savings and tapped into investment from both of their fathers. A £50,000 loan from the East of Scotland Investment Fund, secured with assistance from Business Gateway Stirling, helped clear the final hurdles.

Jonathan said: “We are a small family business whose unique hotel will help showcase the history and beauty of the city where we live.”

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