Scottish rugby player Simon Taylor has snapped up the Edinburgh outpost of prestigious London private members' club Home House.
Taylor, who already runs Edinburgh nightspot 99 Hanover Street, intends to convert the Georgian property into a restaurant/bar called Hawke & Hunter which will offer private dining opportunities and host functions and live music.
The four-storey building is located in the centre of Edinburgh in Picardy Place and retains a host of original features such as high ceilings, cornice work and an ornate fireplace.
It offered five en-suite letting bedrooms, a 34-seat restaurant which could be extended into two further areas (which were also used for private dining) and a main bar on the first floor with a large circular dispense bar and two lounge areas.
Other facilities included a 20-capacity conference room, a small meeting room and a 40-seat patio to the rear of the building with timber decking, electronic shades and a portable dispense bar.
The Edinburgh office of Christie + Co sold the leasehold off an asking price of £195,000.
By Angela Frewin