Aberdeenshire's White Horse Inn is now part of the Dark Star Scotland leisure group.
It is located in the village of Balmedie, just off the A90 Aberdeen to Fraserburgh Road.
The village is also surrounded by a number of renowned golf courses and is just 10 miles from the controversial £1b golf resort proposed by Donald Trump.
The business, which was built in 1975, comprises a detached, single-storey building and a two-storey accommodation block to the rear that provides 20 en-suite bedrooms.
Facilities include a 108-seat restaurant with a dispense bar that can seat another 25 guests, a function room to accommodate up to 120 people, a lounge, and a public bar with a games area.
The Edinburgh office of Christie + Co sold the freehold off a guide price of £1.5m.
Dark Star Scotland is an £8m-turnover member of the Glasgow-based McKever Group (which includes McKever Hotels). It owns bars, restaurants and a hotel (in Dumferline) including the Budda Bar chain which it rescued from receivership last
The White Horse Inn is one of two Aberdeenshire hotels Dark Star bought for a combined £3.5m. Its other acquisition was the Cove Bay hotel in Cove.
By Angela Frewin