MULTI-MILLION-POUND plans have been unveiled to rejuvenate one of Scotland’s oldest licensed inns into an idyllic stopping point for walkers, hikers, skiers, tourists and travellers.
The Kings House Hotel in Glencoe overlooking the 3,345ft Buchaille Etive Mhor is steeped in history, with links to the Battle of Culloden and a heritage that includes hosting the likes of Charles Dickens and William Wordsworth.
New owner Black Corries Estate said the 17th century building had reached a point where only a substantial investment will provide the “majestic makeover” required to secure its future.
Plans have been lodged which would see the Kings House enhanced to become an all-year-round destination.
Susanna Thomson of managing agents Bidwells said Black Corries was passionate about breathing new life into the property.
The plans, which have been created by Benjamin Tindall Architects, propose to keep the historic core of the hotel but remove the 1960s extension and replace it with a more sympathetically designed wing.
The new owners are determined to, once again, put the Kings House on the map for all the best reasonsSusanna Thomson of managing agents Bidwells
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A dining room would be built to take advantage of the view of Glencoe and overlooking the River Etive and the number of bedrooms would increase from 45 to 80.
The building will also be made more energy efficient and benefit from improved staff accommodation, sensitive landscaping and upgraded access.
Architect Ben Tindall said: “My designs are aimed at making the Kings House one of the finest hotels in Scotland, appropriate to its superb location on the West Highland Way and a heritage that includes famous guests such as Charles Dickens and William Wordsworth as well as climbing giants such as Dougal Haston and Doug Scott.
“Externally the design fits well into the landscape and incorporates a wing of turf-roofed bedrooms.”
The building was once used after the Battle of Culloden in 1745 as barracks for the government troops of King George III, hence the name Kings House. It later became a location to stay by Wordsworth and his sister in 1803. But she was scathing of the building, writing: “Never did I see such a miserable, such wretched place.”