Ury House to re-open as hotel in 2020

The planned golf course will have Ury House as its backdrop.
The planned golf course will have Ury House as its backdrop.

The historic mansion Ury House is set to re-open as a luxury 50-room boutique and spa in 2020.

ICMI, the group behind Andy Murray’s Cromlix hotel, Inverlochy Castle, Greywalls and Crossbasket, announced today that they will manage the hotel on behalf of developer FM Group.



Work is already well underway to rescue the B-listed Ury House from Scotland’s Buildings at Risk Register and transform it into an exclusive retreat. The restoration and conservation work on the iconic B-listed building will return Ury House from its current ruined state to its former glory.

The hotel, conference centre and restaurant will be the centrepiece of a multi-million resort, featuring a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, spa and equestrian centre.

The hotel is expected to open in 2020. ICMI expects to recruit up to approximately 80 staff for the hotel and restaurant.

Norbert Lieder, managing director of ICMI, said: “Ury Estate is going to become one of the UK’s top resorts and the hotel will be its centerpiece. Our intention is to develop a location for people who live on the estate, golfers, the local community and visitors from around the world. As well as individually designed bedrooms and suites, there will be a clubhouse, restaurant and conference centre.

“I believe there is a real need for a resort of this quality in the north east. We are already working closely with FM Group on the interior layout, design and customer offer.”

In the region of 90 low density, high quality houses are also planned as part of the golf development.

Jonathon Milne, director of FM Group, said: “With Ury Estate we are looking to create an unrivalled hotel and resort in a unique setting. We are confident that ICMI, with its track record at Scotland’s top properties, will help us realise our vision.”

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.