ONE of Stonehaven’s leading hotels, The Heugh, is to go on the market. The hotel, which sits on the junction of Slug Road and Westfield Road, is being put up for sale because Wilhelm and Joy Hermanns, owners for the last 27 years, are looking to retire.
The couple’s son Kevin, who has managed the hotel for over ten years, is looking for a career change and to move on to do other things.
The Hermanns family have said that the hotel will continue to be run as it is at present until a sale goes through.
Wilhelm Hermanns came to Scotland from his native Germany in 1962, to work at the Old Marcliffe Hotel in Queen’s Terrace, Aberdeen.
“I came over to learn the language and I’ve been here ever since,” he jokes.
He met Joy, who was a receptionist at the hotel, and they married a year later.
Wilhelm rose to be managing director of the Marcliffe, a post he held until 1979.
During that period he took six months away from his duties to open and run Kippie Lodge at Milltimber, a social club run by the American Petroleum Company for its employees and others in the oil industry.
The couple owned the Star Hotel in Inverbervie from 1979-1984, before purchasing The Heugh.
The Heugh has six en-suite bedrooms, lounge bar, small function room and dining room.
The impressive B-listed Baronial granite building is recognised as one of the finest in Stonehaven.
It was built in 1894 as a private house, complete with ten acres of land.
The house became a hotel in the 1940s and the majority of the land was later sold for housing.
A separate lodge house in which Mr and Mrs Hermanns reside will be retained, but a cottage, currently occupied by Kevin and his family, will be sold with the hotel, potentially as owner’s accommodation.
The Heugh Hotel is home to a large number of Stonehaven clubs and groups which use it as their meeting place, including the Rotary Club, Lions Club, Probus Club, Folk Club, 41 Club, Angling Club, Running Club, Rugby Club, Conservative Ladies Group and Choral Society.
The hotel currently employs six full-time staff and around 12 part-time and Mr and Mrs Hermanns say they will miss it very much when the time comes to go.
The couple have one other son, Karl, who is European Manager for Sothebys in London.
Kevin and his wife Jean have three children, Sean (18) is a chef at the hotel and Sally (15), who is still at school, also helps in the hotel.
Their sister, Jemma (20), works at the Belwade Horse Rescue Farm at Aboyne.