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New owners for iconic Tobermory hotel

02 October 2008 by

The landmark Western Isles hotel in Tobermory on the Isle of Mull has been sold to experienced hoteliers Richard Nealon and Esplin Chapman.

The coastal hilltop property is a landmark hotel in the fishing port of Tobermory (the setting for the children's TV programme Balamory) and its image has appeared on countless postcards, book covers and jigsaw puzzles.

Built in 1833, it was used as an officers' mess during the second World War and was the location for the 1940s film I Know Where I'm Going

The Western Isles overlooks the harbour and bay with its famous frontage of brightly-painted buildings.

Facilities include 28 en-suite bedrooms to sleep 56, a conservatory lounge bar and a residents' lounge (each able to seat 50 guests), a dining room to seat 56 people (or 80 at a function), an adjacent 30-seat private dining room, and a 30-seat meeting room.

The top floor houses owners' accommodation with two double en-suite bedrooms while a detached block provides nine en-suite bedrooms and a lounge.

The Glasgow office of Colliers Robert Barry sold the feuhold off a guide price of £850,000.

It was acquired by the London and Edinburgh Swallow Group in 2006 off an asking price of £1.1m and has been run by the Oxford Hotel Group for a variety of owners since Swallow's demise.

By Angela Frewin

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