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Film producers snap up Highland country house hotel

27 March 2007 by
Film producers snap up Highland country house hotel

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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