The Royal Hotel in Campbeltown on the market through Christie & Co

Amy Horsfield By Amy Horsfield
14 February 2019 | Updated 14 February 2019

UK: Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co has been appointed to market for sale The Royal Hotel in Campbeltown on behalf of Southworth Europe Ltd.

The Royal Hotel holds was built in 1907 by local proprietor Archibald Johnston, the hotel was designed by architect James Monro of Glasgow, who would later design the Grand Hotel in St. Andrews. After years of economic difficulties in the area, the property eventually had to close its doors. In 2008, David Southworth and Joe Deitch purchased both The Ugadale and Royal Hotels, along with the Machrihanish Dunes Golf Course, and began the development of the Village at Machrihanish Dunes, which includes both hotels and the Ugadale Golf Cottages. Southworth Europe Ltd have no plans to sell their holdings in Machrihanish, which include the Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club, The Ugadale Hotel and Cottages, The Old Clubhouse Pub and The Kintyre Club.

The Royal Hotel features 23 guest rooms and is also home to The Black Sheep Pub and the Harbourview Grille.

David Southworth, founder and CEO of Southworth Development, said: "We love The Royal Hotel and what it has become, but we have made the decision to list the property for sale because it will afford us some operating efficiencies and is not vital to our operations in Machrihanish. We will be very careful as to whom we would sell the hotel, as its future remains important to us. There will be no loss of jobs within the community and we truly hope that whoever the next owner is will have even more resources to attract added visitors to the area."

Stuart Drysdale, director at Christie & Co, added: "The Royal Hotel is now well established in the town and enjoys excellent reviews of the bedroom accommodation and newly refurbished public space. We expect high levels of demand from home based and international hotel operators."

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