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Film producers snap up Highland country house hotel

27 March 2007 by

Film producers Andy Picheta and Rebecca Ferrand have bought Muckrach Lodge hotel, a Highland country house hotel in the Cairngorms National Park.

The Victorian property occupies nine acres of parkland at Dulnain Bridge, near Grantown-on-Spey in Inverness-shire

The three AA-star hotel was built in the 1860s as a sporting lodge for the Muckrach Estate and converted into a country house hotel following its sale in the 1960s.

It has now built up a strong local restaurant trade and attracts visiting sportsmen, leisure break customers, residential conference and wedding business.

The main building houses three reception rooms, the two AA-rosette Finlarig restaurant, a 20-capacity meeting room, and 13 letting bedrooms.

Two letting suites are found in a cottage adjoining a former coach house to the west. The coach house also provides five-apartment owners' accommodation.

The new owners plan to introduce some boutique style to the country house hotel and have already converted the library into a piano lounge.

They also plan to turn the Finlarig restaurant into a residents' lounge and the former conservatory into a 40-seat restaurant that will be headed by award-winning chef Addy Daggert from the Craigellachi hotel.

The Edinburgh office of Colliers Robert Barry sold the freehold off a guide price in excess of £1m on behalf of James and Dawn Macfarlane.

By Angela Frewin

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