AN ABERDEENSHIRE hotel is set for a £300,000 facelift as the owners eye a lucrative spin-off from the nearby Trump golf development.
The Ythan Hotel at Newburgh is in line for a complete refurbishment, with extra rooms added.
The aim is to transform the premises, at the entrance to the village, into a boutique country-style hotel and with five more ensuite bedrooms, taking the total to 11.
Owners, Punch Taverns, are in the process of recruiting a new licensee to take their ambitious project forward.
A spokeswoman told the Times: “Ideally, the new licensee will be an experienced hotel operator. We are intending to invest a massive £300,000 into the hotel once we find the right partner.
“One of the major benefits of the hotel is its location, as it is within close proximity to Aberdeen and is one of the closest hotels to the new Donald Trump golf resort.”
Paul Shiells, licensed and leisure director for Colliers International, which is handling the deal, said: “At the moment when you go into the hotel it’s all a bit disjointed. It’s time to move it on.
“We also see the benefit of the golf course next door.
“It’s a long way for people coming from down south, so we see this as a great time to improve the hotel as a pin-off from the Trump course.”
The Trump development is already providing benefits for local businesses.
James Duthie, who runs the five-star Aikenshill House B&B, near Foveran, said it was giving an economic boost to the whole area.
He added: “A lot of golfers who would previously have come up for the day are now spending one or two nights. We are really seeing a difference.”