The family-owned Shawfern group has purchased the Archiestown hotel in Moray and revealed plans for an extensive renovation.
The Archiestown hotel brings the group's portfolio to two, joining the nearby Dowans hotel in Aberlour.
The latest addition is expected to reopen in the second quarter of 2019 with 11 rooms, a cocktail bar, restaurant and private dining room.
"We want the Archiestown to add to the reasons people visit the area by creating a unique experience and opportunity for guests to stay in a beautiful hotel set in an equally breathtaking landscape. Once renovations are complete at the Archiestown our intentions are for the two hotels combined to offer something for everyone, whether that be for a drink, meal or as a luxury base to explore the region, or, as a venue suitable to host weddings or corporate away days."
Tom Garner, relationship manager at Royal Bank of Scotland, which supported the group in the purchase of the hotel, said: "The Murray family have done a fantastic job in realising their vision for the Dowans Hotel, and have an equally exciting plan for the Archiestown. The customer demand certainly exists, driven by the homegrown businesses and Moray's large and growing tourist economy. We look forward to seeing the transformation and wish them the best of luck for the future."