Next Project – Number 28

Real Dragons’ Den Project Number 28

Bringing Closed Hotels Back To Life

The fifth in our series of hotel purchases.

Latest Purchase: The Sannox Bay Hotel, Sannox, Isle of Arran, KA27 8JD.

Currently Closed Down: No Jobs, Nor Local Amenity

We are becoming very excited about this next project. An old, closed hotel on the beautiful island of Arran. A bit of a homecoming for one of our lot, Russ McLean (here). Many decades ago he started out at the neighbouring village of Corrie where his family lived at and ran the Blackrock House hotel.

Our group’s purchase of the Sannox Bay Hotel was settled on 1st March 2018 and the keys and building were handed over on that day..

Sannox Bay. The Hotel Is Second Building In From The Right

We will be starting a refurbishment of the Arran building as soon as we have our new lighthouse offices up by John O’Groats reach the stage where they are up and running…

Real Dragons’ Den HQ – Also Being Refurbished During 2018

Then a couple of our members will decamp from the far north RDD-HQ, down to the west coast and commence work/project management on the Sannox Bay Hotel. The Arran project is scheduled to start during April/May and take a significant part of the season. Timing is not ideal. We might reopen in time to catch some of the 2018 season. Though for sure we should be ready for the early shoulder season in 2019 when university geologists from all over the UK descend on Arran and give local businesses a very welcome boost.

Sannox Bay Hotel + Sand + Sea

 The Old Hotel Triumvirate of: Alcohol + Bedrooms + Food Needs Changing

From experience, we know that the contemporary public house side of this type of business is dying off. So we shall be concentrating more on self-catering element – with residents having the option to eat in the tearoom if they wish.

This is a fairly subtle change in the business model, but important if the future viability of these premises as a tourist facility is to continue.

In addition we shall be making efforts to increase the accessibility for people with disabilities. Three of our shareholders have had various spinal surgeries and wish to visit the Sannox Bay Hotel.

View From The Sannox Bay Hotel

As things are, there is a very good wheelchair ramp at the front of the building, but we do need to remedy some of the interior facilities to ensure the premises are fully compliant with the disability access rules. Also it makes very good sense to have a hotel where folk who have physical health challenges can genuinely navigate around the premises.

External Disability Access Is Good. Internally We Need To Improve This Element

One of the other key features of modern day life – including hotels – is the internet and virtual presence. We have been fortunate in securing the lapsed domain name…

So if anyone wishes to see the latest news and update, we shall be ensuring the internet site goes live during the next few weeks…

The Sannox Bay Hotel has been kept in good condition during the period of closure…

Sannox Bay Hotel – Ensuite Bedrooms Still In Good Condition

Although a redecoration plus new furniture and carpets will be part of the 2018 refurbishment.

Sannox Bay Hotel: Ensuite Bath & Shower Rooms

There are other areas of the hotel requiring a significant amount of work…

The Old Bar – Previous Owner In Middle of Refit

The parts of the hotel currently requiring works, such as damp proof course, insulation, replastering and redecorating shall form part of the schedule of works.

The Conservatory Is In Need of Repair & Overhaul

Self Catering Part Is In Good Order

This page has been written on 21st March 2018 and we are still at the early stages of sorting out telephone numbers, painters + decorators + plumbers + roofers etc. There is a very long “to do” list. More news will appear on this page and also the dedicated hotel website in due course.

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