Developers, FM Group, have started work on the multimillion pound transformation of the historic mansion house at Ury Estate.
The transformation of the derelict mansion house into a hotel aims to set a new standard in luxury accommodation in Scotland.
It will be the focal point of the Ury Estate, which includes proposals for a world-class golf course designed by golfing great Jack Nicklaus.
Montrose-based construction firm Pert Bruce secured this prestigious restoration contract which will see most of the original walls and stonework retained with some of the building’s original features reinstated as part of the sympathetic renovation work.
Douglas Samways, chairman of Stonehaven Town Partnership, said: “There is a definite need for new leisure and event venue facilities in Stonehaven, particularly due to the number of closures of local hotels in recent years. Most importantly, it would bring much needed employment.
“Seeing the historic Ury mansion house reinvigorated and redeveloped as an outstanding hotel and leisure facility will be a real boost for the town. In its heyday it was a stunning property but has sadly been neglected for too long.”
John Lilley, project director for Ury, said: “We are working on what will be a top-class, luxury hotel providing the highest level of service to guests. In keeping with its character, the finest calibre of materials will be used in the renovation work on the historic listed building. If the golf course gets the go-ahead then the hotel will be home to the golf club and provide, luxury accommodation for visiting golfers.”
The hotel renovation is at the heart of the Ury Estate and is scheduled to be the first stage of a larger development proposed for the area that includes luxury and affordable homes in addition to a golf course.
The present Ury House was designed by architect John Baird and dates from 1855. It was later extended in 1884 by Alexander Ross.
After falling into disrepair, Ury House had its roof removed by the then owners in 1959 to avoid the payment of rates on the property. The building was placed in the ‘high risk’ category of the Buildings at Risk Register in 1990.
A previous house was established in the same location at the centre of the Ury Estate in the 17th century by the Barclay family, whose descendants were responsible for establishing Barclays Bank.