It looks like that plans for resurecting Raeburn House Hotel as a stylish boutique hotel are driving forward, with local support.
STV revealed in a recent online news article that “Archie MacLean, the owner of the B-listed villa, invited local residents to the meeting to the Lifecare centre on Cheynes Street in a bid to win their support for his vision – which council officials have recommended against.”
The plan includes adding a two storey extension to the existing building and renovating both the interior and exterior to incorporate original features to create a 10 bedroom, up market hotel.
STV go on to add “Mr MacLean bought the property in November 2011 for £1.2million managing to fend off competition from the popular pub chain Wetherspoons.”
“Mr A MacLean seemed to impress the 150 to 200 strong crowd with his business credentials he is the owner and director of Border Motor Group and openly discussed his finances. He explained that he was able to pay for the hotel outright and would not need to borrow any money for the estimated £1.5million to £2million construction.”
“Architects Aitken Turnbull Architects Limited confirmed that a planning application could be submitted within two weeks which could lead to the hotel opening in August 2013 after a 16 to 18 month renovation.”
Hotels.tv in Edinburgh look forward to hearing more about the plans for the Raeburn House Hotel and hope it’s restored to its former glory.