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This is page 3 of 6 pages for the Sannox Hotel sale series.

If you are in a rush, just skim through the photographs on first review.


 SANNOX HOTEL

EXAMPLE OF ONE ROOM FROM

44 ROOMS BEING RENOVATED

To help our readers and the prospective buyers, we have focussed on the renovation of ONE public room from this formidable 44 room old-closed Sannox Hotel structure.

The Former Derelict Main Bar in 2018 As Received By Us

^^^ The Old “Main” Bar ^^^

^^^ Looking Westwards ^^^

This was unrecognisable as the Sannox Hotel Bar.

Or as it’s previous name: The Ingledene Hotel Bar.

This page is aimed at helping the new owner as well as illustrating the 85% of work now completed at Sannox Hotel. We are “pausing” so the new owners can have their say on the final style and finishes to get from where we are now, in 2021 to the re-opening day, ideally early in 2022 (maybe late 2021).

Also our friends and neighbours in the village and on the island have been incredibly supportive and have been showing an interest in how the renovation work has been progressing. We used to have a policy of showing folk around the hotel to see how things were moving forward. Of course Covid has curtailed that. So for both the prospective buyers and our friends, we include many…

“Before” + “During” + “After” renovation photographs.

The Main Bar at Sannox was closed several years ago. Sadly, it will not re-open.

There will still be alcohol available for special occasions such as weddings and booked events. Plus regular table wine availability.

But times have moved on. On this page we show why and how…

Main Bar: Already a disused shell when we bought this closed hotel in 2018…

^^^ The Old “Main” Bar ^^^

^^^ Looking Eastwards ^^^

The Sannox Hotel Bar is no more.

This part of the hotel has now been transformed into owner and staff accommodation (here) along with guest facilities. The era of old village pubs was coming to an end decades ago. Covid has underlined that. What pub business there was to be had at the island of Arran’s north eastern corner is currently well served by the Corrie Hotel which is 1.4 miles south of Sannox Hotel. We do not intend to open up and compromise existing businesses nearby to the point where both risk being viable. There is a better way than that so existing jobs can be retained whilst new jobs can be created. 

At Sannox the ghost of an old fashioned pub is now gone. No more dark corners and smoke-stained walls. There are more useful ways of utilising these redundant rooms. Especially with such beautiful views beyond the dingy, bricked-up walls of the old fashioned public (and residents) bars…

A reconfiguration as well as a renovation of the whole Sannox Hotel was well overdue in 2018.

^^^ Outside The Main Bar ^^^

The inexorable decline in public house usage is everywhere. When one sector declines, the smart thing is to move with the times and find out the businesses that are growing so as to keep the local employment alive. Last orders were called on village pubs decades ago…

BBC Excerpt: Creative Commons Licence. PA Media. 


So what techniques do we utilise to regenerate old closed pubs?

Coincidentally, 15 years ago, we deliberately bought the worst pub in a mainland town to make a point. That there was life and use in these closed-down pubs. One technique to success was renovation into a coffee bar. 

Following restoration and re-opening of the 2007 bar on the mainland, over £40,000 worth of coffee was sold (excluding tea and other beverages and not including food) in the first three months. 

That exceeded our most ambitious hopes for an old, closed eyesore (here). It also created 12 much needed jobs in a remote mainland town.

Surprisingly that coffee bar conversion became very busy, once the restoration had been completed (before and after photos further into this page).

With respect to the Island of Arran and specifically the Sannox Hotel, what hit us in 2018 during our second inspection as part of the buying process was the tired state of the Lounge Bar. More accurately the musty, damp smell (large room 19 on the floorplan: click here). Another closed-down and unused facility. Also, that back wall bothered us. A lot.


There is a second bar, sometimes called the residents’ bar, other times known as…

The Lounge Bar

 All we know is there was a very damp and musty smell…

^^^ The Lounge Bar ^^^

Sannox Hotel. As Bought In Spring 2018.

By the time the legal ownership conveyance was completed and we received the keys for Sannox Hotel on 28th February 2018, the damp we had detected in the back wall had further deteriorated to become almost tidal…

^^^ Lounge Bar ^^^

The blue line circles the green damp and mould.

The wet-detective is on his way 🙂


Making A Start

This page is comprehensively detailed to show the work that has already been completed…

It also gives the new owners visual information to help them prepare their completion specification and design preferences for the re-opening phase. We anticipate the new owners will require the last 15% of the renovation to reflect their individual tastes. We are happy to pay and arrange to get this completed.

Or alternatively we can reduce the final sale price to reflect any specific work the new owner wishes to complete  themselves.

Here is the sequence of damp cures, brick-bar demolition and floor reinstatement, including repairs and new windows, new high-specification eco-insulated walls and a major new roof over the front part of this Lounge Bar area (new planning permission use to be a restaurant).

^^^ The Redundant Lounge Bar ^^^

It looked like an ordinary wooden structure.

Nope! It was built like a brick jobbie-house.

You don’t need an over-sized bar to satisfy an undersized demand (for booze). It is more than acceptable to apply for an occasional licence to cover weddings etc.

So what appeared to be a simple job in this room and remove a lightweight construction became a Titanic battle with bricks.

But it was and is imperative to have a flexible-use function room. Especially in the current climate where “Covid Safety Screens” are popping up all over the place to help protect customers.

As for this Lounge Bar area, our experience is that multi-use function rooms can be vital for the success of a re-opened business. The brick bar was taking up an immovable 32% of this room…

^^^ The Redundant Lounge Bar ^^^

Discussing the very last pint to be pulled at this bar.

No complaints about the Clydebuilt solid nature of this brick beast of a bar. It had wooden panels on the facia. When they came off, it revealed a very well engineered structure.

The aim was to clear this entire area so it could become flexible open-plan enough to host weddings, or be used as an overflow space for the tea-room next door.

This was before Covid hit. The necessity for decent, large sized screens make it imperative that open and cleanable floorspace, with decent areas between tables to give large sized Covid safety screens the ability to protect people to the maximum. One of our favourite restaurant’s in Glasgow, Il Pavone has gone from “pass the Covid please” open plan and & transformed itself very subtly and stylishly into a Covid-safer environment.

Our Favourite Glasgow Eatery: Il Pavone

Before Covid Screens Were Installed

Our Favourite Glasgow Eatery: Il Pavone

After Covid Screens Were Installed…

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An outside food garden with covid screens and space for 36 customers is also very helpful. We can cover that later if you would like. For now, the Lounge Bar demolition…

^^^ The Redundant Lounge Bar ^^^

The photographs here are for posterity as quite a lot of local friends helped us when the community pulled together at Sannox Hotel. Several folk will rightfully be more than a bit curious as to what happened to the expired Lounge Bar (and the plans for bringing this space back to a useful existence.

A concern was the impact “coachloads” of tourists can have.

When 50 people wander up the drive without any notice, al wanting a cup of tea and a toastie sandwich, this can cause many coaching inns and small hotels a problem. Anyone having been through that experience knows it is great for the cash-register but quite stressful. Especially if there are not enough seats for everyone.

Our aim is to have sufficient indoor capacity to accommodate regular customers and a coachload of tourists.

We may have to revise this as Covid is likely to be with us for a few years yet. Fortunately Sannox Hotel has a garden facility which can easily cope with large volumes of coach party customers. We already have the exterior Covid-safety screens and new benches picked out and there is ample space…

^^^ The Old Beer Garden ^^^

Due for a major landscaping.

Something along these lines…

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^^^ But We Have A Decent Sea View ^^^

Also the Covid-safety screens lessens the

sea breezes on days where it gets s a bit fresh.

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First we wave goodbye with a huge big lump-hammer…

^^^ A Huge Amount of Space ^^^

Village pubs used to be good businesses.

Now it is well past time to spend money and transform this space…

As reported above, pubs are closing in droves. 

Sometimes, especially when a bus arrives, you need treble the number of seats. We discovered that in the coffee bar featured earlier on this page.

By demolishing the immovable “Lounge Bar” structure, this ensures that the Sannox Hotel can have very flexible spaces that can be formatted to suit weddings, birthdays, or simple restaurant function. Especially for the next year or two when many folk will prefer to have Covid-safe screens between tables.

 

ving the he bar was in fact very solidly built and took a lot of work to remove…

 

 

Given the commercially fatal decline of many village pubs, we required to get rid of this overly large bar for one main reason…

To give this large space in a significant and useful function room maximum flexibility in a variety of uses.

So what do we do with this closed down Lounge Bar?

 

The roof-leaks have been repaired during a major overhaul atop the hotel and the new ceiling constructed to Building Regs., the damp walls remedied, interstitial insulation in all the new walls; new electrical wiring; new fire system; new plumbing; new central heating; new plastering. Now we have new paint on fresh, dry, clean walls and are getting very close to the resale phase.

Quite the transformation. The photos really are helping our resale efforts and this is before we have even started marketing the hotel formally…

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Sannox Hotel Main Restaurant Now Has First Coat of Paint

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The founder of this company, originally named Argyll Group plc, grew up in a hotel at the next village and can recall many a ceilidh with cigarette suffocating smoke in this very bar during several New Year celebrations from when he turned 16 in 1975. We have known this establishment for 46 years.

But now things have changed. The smoking ban and rightful lowering of the drink-driving limits means that many village pubs are just not viable. That is the reason this room have been closed-down for three years before we even got started.

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For this page, we are moving away from the “Main Bar” and focussing on the “Lounge Bar”. That required a lot of work (in fact, pretty much every room in this building has been rebuilt).

Hotel a well-utilised, useful and viable local facility, the photographs that follow are a good way to illustrate the direction of travel.


Roof & Floor Rebuild

At the end of these examples of the 44 room renovation, plus full rewire, plus replumbine and new central heating, alommg with new double glazing and full high-spcification insulation, not to mention a newbuild house extension, we also have the roof and fllor to contensd with.

So when you come to the fifth page in this series, you will hopefully have an appreciation as to why this project has so far taken two and a half years plus a grespectable amount of money.

Somebody is going to get a very good deal as we have not included management time into the numbers at the end.

But first things first. Cure the large damp patch in the Lounge Bar. That was traced back to the central guttering that existed between the front house and then the back house which was built several decades later. A rain water hopper and downpipe was effectively “built around” in the middle of the enlarged property. A great deal of the water from the two main pitched rooves was funnelled in what was a virtually hidden downpipe in the middle of the building.

So at Sannox Hotel we had sorted out the roof leaks, replaced the damaged timber, treated the rest of the timber and moved an internal water pipe that was prone to flooding as per the video of it earlier in this page.

The two pitched rooves in the centre

all fed into this type of rainwater goods…

The result?

Just check out the video below. Okay if you know about this and can regularly clear the leaves and detritus. Best to redesign the roof box gutter so it never happens again.

Fortunately, we had already started to double heat/sound insulate every guest bedroom so that visitors are no longer disturbed by the television in the next room at midnight. During the additional insulation work upstairs, the sound of running water was more than just a drip. So a panel of old plasterboard was removed and this nightmare that was buried deep in the middle of the hotel was discovered. Right above that damp patch above the wet Lounge Bar wall…

^^^ Above The Lounge Bar ^^^

Cool fresh water on tap.

Well no tap. It just flowed and flowed. No “off” lever.

Thank goodness this was clean rainwater and not a sewage pipe!

Every one of the 44 rooms had a major problem.

All are no repaired and each room fully renovated!

It cost £238 to fix this leak and £2,620 to fix the whole problem with major roofworks and rainwater goods required. That could have been done cheaper, but when we show prospective buyers round Sannox Hotel, it will be a comfort knowing we are handing over a building that has been renovated to a decent standard.


Also there has been a substantial change in pub culture as illustrated by this excellent article by BBC reporter Nick Triggle. It’s a bit dated now (from 2017) but if you are to become a success with this Sannox Hotel business, it can be helpful to know the reasons why pubs die and what other businesses take their place and thrive


Source: BBC & Nick Triggle. Click Here


Eighteen months before the smoking ban came into effect in 2007, we had bought the worst pub in a small town. We took a controversial decision to BAN smoking ahead of time.

The decision, as confirmed by customer feedback was the ban on smoking was very popular.

This helped the viability of the business.

customers liked to eat in a smoke-free environment. The smokers are dying out. Literally Most establishments have designated smoking areas.

The result back in 2007?

The old pub on the mainland became an overnight success. So much so that twice the number of jobs were created as we had to take on more staff to cope.

Yes we had turned the pub into a “coffee bar”. We did arrange the occasional permission when alcohol is in sufficient demand: wedding functions etc.

But in 2007 at the mainland pub experiment we went from this empty, closed, smoke stinky shell…

15 Years Ago We Transformed A Mainland Bar…

^^^ Learning By Real Experience ^^^

This was a derelict pub we bought 18 years ago.

A lot of hard work turned it into this…

^^^ Dingy Pub Becomes A Social Hub ^^^

The derelict pub conversion worked very well.

This is precisely what we want to achieve at Sannox Hotel. Turning a closed and tired old building into a warm and welcoming space for the whole family…

^^^ The 2007 Mainland Pub Transformation ^^^


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^^^ The Redundant Lounge Bar ^^^

Maybe Have A Holywood celebrity Pull The Very Last Pint!

No complaints about the Clydebuilt solid nature of this brick built beast of a bar. It really did take some heavy work to demolish…

 

include photos of new covid-safer coffee shops and finish this page with photos of the completed structural works of 3 areas that can be made covid safer (plus the VIP garden)

Whilst emphasising the three spaces can be opened up once Covid becomes treatable by an annual jag at the doctors akin to remedies akin to the terrible plagues of the past.

Right now, staycations are booming

INSERT NEWS EXCERPT.

We know this because the main town on the island has more visitors than a normal year. Folk are giving Spain a miss and exploring the UK. Staycations are “in”.

Discussions with visitors repetedly elicits consternation. many folk just do not realise how good the UK is as a place to explore and hpliday in

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PROVEN ROOF AT LIGHTHOUSE STATION #5

AND HOW THE SAME MATERIALS UTILISED AT SANNOX HOTEL

CAPABLE OF WITHSTANDING 25 YEARS OF ATROCIOUS NORTH SEA CONDITIONS 

 with a proven success in turning closed down bars into coffee shops (with food supplied), we took a decision to turn the adjacent Lounge Bar into a daytime coffee shop with the facility being available is an evening restaurant and bookable for special functions such as weddings.

The room we have chosen is the old lounge bar. For reference, the main public bar at Sannox Hotel used to be very busy. But like mbar used to photographs…

his owner’s house is included in the overall price of the hotel.

We start with an example of this newbuild house  nearing completion: and magnificent sea views…

^^^ Bay Cottage ^^^

(new turf/lay/grass for contractor guidance)

This 85% completed newbuild property is located at the north east part of the Sannox Hotel site with separate entrance (right hand side of the photo below). The remaining 15% is awaiting the prospective buyer’s input on style and final design features.

This next picture is an architect’s rendition of Bay Cottage, with the front retaining wall moved back and rebuilt to provide Bay Cottage with an extra off-street parking place (as per our planning permission: here)…

^^^ Bay Cottage ^^^

Sannox Bay Hotel – Photographic Archive

“Before” – “During” & “After”

Renovation Work Photographic Record & Archives

Sannox Hotel Flat Roof Above Main Restaurant (Room 20). End of Useful Life.

Starting at the top. The flat roof on this part of the hotel was long past its functional life. Patch upon patch of tar over rotten woodwork. 

Sannox Hotel Flat Roof Above Main Restaurant (Room 20). End of Useful Life.

Sannox Hotel Flat Roof Above Main Restaurant (Room 20). End of Useful Life.

Underneath illustrates the problem of chronic water ingress.

Sannox Hotel Flat Roof Above Main Restaurant (Room 20).

Holding Back The River: Wet, Wet, Wet.

& Yes It Was.

Sannox Hotel Flat Roof Above Main Restaurant (Room 20).

Local contractor Peter MacKinnon is helping remove the old roof detritus. The Sannox Hotel had a lot of local help. Peter has been especially supportive. Not least but his grandparents used to own Sannox Hotel. Well it was previously called the Ingledene Hotel back then and Peter managed to help locate some very important artefacts that had “wandered” offsite…

Locaton: Sannox Hotel. Formerly The Ingledene Hotel.

Source Material: Click Here

Sannox Hotel

The new Coronavirus Act 2020 is necessarily fierce in order to reduce the death toll from the virus. In Scotland where the current triumvirate of syndicates are located, The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 (here), the law is even more fierce.

Progress Indeed and Fact

Local Community Support

Helps To Keep Arran Jobs Alive

Fortunately the Facebook trolls have not ended up killing-off island investment.

Partly due to the fact islanders look after each other and are genuinely supportive of efforts to keep jobs and local amenities alive. This really does matter and in turn brings more investment from organisations such as Argyll Group and its 585 shareholders who qualify as High Net Worth Investors and/or Sophisticated Investors (click here).

This may seem an obscure point, but between the local islander support and the remarkable efforts from North Ayrshire Council, between 6 and 11 jobs will be created at Sannox.

The unfortunate accident where a 5,000 ton CalMac ship hit one of our directors on the head may have caused a challenge securing a manager at the Sannox Hotel (which these pages will remedy). CalMac are responsible for costing Arran 20 new jobs as our new regional HQ building went to Arbroath and not Arran. But there are still three other investment projects on the island of Arran that are being kept alive due to the remarkable community support.

This speaks volumes for the islanders on Arran and they should be commended.

 

To Clarify, Old Friends Call Me Nail.   Stuart Had Coronavirus & Did Not Enjoy It.

“Nail” was a nickname from police college days, as in: “Russ T. Nail”.


Okay, Perhaps This Is A Little Too Remote

Though very likely to be safe from Coronavirus

 


 

Summary

Waiting To Board The CalMac Ferry From Arran To The Mainland

Building Materials Supply Run.

The general advice to members of the public contacting our main Unique Property Bulletin website is such volumes is to let things settle down.

The vast scale of Covid-19 and inexorable inveigling of this virus into the minutia of all our lives and those we love has been a shock.

In amongst all of the fast-moving emergency measures it is crucial to help folk through that period and get used to the current situation.

The human disposition is generally very resilient. Apart from a very small number of Tibetan Monks and submarine crew, there are many millions of folk having to get used to…

The New Normal

This “New Normal” will become a major theme of ours on social media during 2020.

Indications coming from China are that they have gotten the Coronavirus under control. This is a little unnerving as there is the aroma of Chinese State news management. Personally I would not be saying the worst is over in China until a sustained period of recovery. However, it is also crucial for folk to know there is hope.

A Little Hope In A Dire Worldwide Pandemic

Next…


ASSETS

All Argyll Group buildings are fully insured and paid for without any mortgages. The various contractors know we operate on 100% equity and that we have a principle of not borrowing, nor being reliant upon banks. Crucially that we follow a fairly unique financial principle of prohibiting bank mortgages on our buildings with the express reason that if the economy gets a shock, we don’t get Royally stuffed by the banks (RBS scandal: here).

Sannox Hotel Paint On Walls

The tins of Dulux bringing Sannox Hotel back to life may not seem that important, but this main restaurant + tea-room and coffee shop matters.

Or to Scotland…

The trouble is, and there are major viral threads on social media, arises from local folk in a re

The Old Conservatory Is The Plastic Structure At The Bottom Left of This Photograph.

 

Sannox Bay Hotel. Where Mountains Meet The Sea

From The Top of The Mountains Looking Down At Sannox Bay – & Your Hotel!

This is one of the most popular routes that hillwalkers and mountaineers traverse when visiting the Island of Arran…

From Brodick, Heading North & Ascending Towards Goat Fell, Bypassing To The East

Then exiting at the foot of Gen Sannox…

Glen Sannox: this road end is a 3 minute walk to the Sannox Hotel and a warm bed. This segment of the customer base is well worthwhile understanding as it contributes a large amount of business to Sannox Hotel. Even whilst closed, we have had numerous near-hypothermic climbers appear at the Sannox Hotel during renovation time and ended up giving them a lift 3 miles south to the Corrie Hotel to make sure they are safe and warm for the night.

The sooner the Sannox Hotel is re-opened the better.

Sannox Hotel: Bedrooms Are Pretty Close To Full Completion

Just a little bit cold until the new central heating system is brought online.

There are several other areas such as landscaping and snagging along with statutory matters for reopening (Fire Certification) to complete. But there is also a palpable feeling onsite that the final phase is approaching.


The Old Conservatory At Sannox Hotel

Bonus Planning Permission

 


Sannox Tea Room & Coffee Shop Progress

Plus Restaurant Fitting Out

Back To The Future

All the structural work has been completed on the main hotel building.

Here are a series of recent photographs showing the transformation of function rooms 19 + 20 + 26. The rotten flat roof has been completely rebuilt and recovered in Noss Head Lighthouse grade storm proof rubber roofing. The windows are all new high-spec double glazed. Wiring + plumbing first-fix is under way. The insulation can be seen in these photographs being installed…

Kingspan Insulation Visible. But Soon To Be Invisible.

Thought the heating bills will reduce by around 60% as that is what happened up at Noss Lighthouse following thorough insulation. Particular emphasis has been given to insulating all the ceiling voids.

 

The main ground floor function room 19 is pretty much complete…

Main Function Room (19) Can Be Open Plan Connected With Rooms 20 & 26 For Weddings etc.

Main Tearoom At Sannox Hotel. New Walls + New Insulation + New Windows

 Keith I’Anson Happy At Work: Sannox Hotel Main Function Room

The “red ceiling plasterboard contraption thingy”. It looks a bit Heath Robinson, but that £99 piece of kit is worth its weight in gold.

Especially as the ceilings are DOUBLE plaster boarded (second outer skin requires to be “pink” fire retardant grade).

It makes installing a LOT of new plasterboard ceilings MUCH easier.

Tearoom At Sannox Hotel. New Doors Between Rooms 20 and 26.

These new doors ensure comfortably compartmentalised spaces. For example between hotel guests having their breakfast in one part and early risers from the village and those tourists going to golf or a walk up Glen Sannox at the other side. If/when you visit, you will get the principles behind this and other layout decisions.


Just One of Three Lorries Where We Have Sourced Building Materials

 

The Royal Navy Commander was researching the location of this “Army” plaque.

We were able to solve the mystery for him.

It is safe in or custody.

The previous owners of the Ingledene had bu66ered off with this plaque.

The Ingeldene Hotel was renamed Sannox Hotel.

The plaque belongs with the hotel.

You, or specifically members of Argyll Group are temporary custodians of this.

The unavoidable and ubiquitous Covid-19 is affecting every aspect of human life just now. Mercifully the vast majority of folk can fight off the infection, but Russian Roulette of death and in such cumulatively large numbers has imbued a paralysis of fear.

 


Ferry Challenge

Islands + Keeping Up Momentum In Spite of Hurricanes.

This has been a pig of a week. Hurricane Ciara followed by Hurricane Dennis. 

Thankfully This Is Very Rare Event On The Arran Ferry Service

Mid Winter & A Severe Hurricane At Ardrossan Ferry Terminal

We were determined to ruddy well get the van load of paint + flooring + lighting + tables + chairs etc., across to Sannox Hotel on the island of Arran. If you watch the video clip of that day, the ferry coming into harbour it is not actually as bad as it looks. The ship STABILISERS must be retracted before it berths. In an odd way, the video clip above shows how BRILLIANT ship stabilisers are. This is what happens when the STABILISERS are NOT deployed. But the fact that 11,000 people shared this clip on Facebook meant it important to clarify why this 5,221 ton ship carrying 110 cars is bobbing about like a wine cork in the bathtub!

MV Caledonian Isles (here) Sails on Calm Seas 90% of The Time

If you are coming across to stay at the hotel you own on the Island of Arran, it is very unlikely you will see the ferry heaving about to this extent. The vast majority of the time it is a smooth crossing and the stabilisers do a VERY good job of removing the rolling. ONLY in the harbour, when the underwater ship stabilisers been retracted does this eye-catching manoeuvre happen. Once the ship departs Ardrossan, the stabilisers are deployed, explicitly for passenger safety and comfort. I would reiterate, in 60 years of life, I have never seen the ferry pitch and roll to this extent. It is incredibly rare.

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Several readers may reckon this to be an obscure point about ferries in a storm and the video above will seem like a curiosity and relatively minor. In the scheme of things it is actually interesting publicity. We’ve had some folk deliberately come over for the adrenaline thrill. Except they were disappointed. The stabilisers below the waterline on a ferry do a tremendous job of stopping pitch, yaw and roll. In essence, they remove the vast majority of seasickness events. Our thrill-seekers were unhappy. Fortunately for Arran, the government are spending about £30 million upgrading Ardrossan Harbour so the ferry doesn’t need to do a “handbrake turn” at speed on entering Ardrossan mainland harbour.

 

 

Sannox Hotel, Island of Arran.

The Paint + Flooring + Lighting + Fittings Are Important

Blissfully we ALSO took delivery of the new central heating boiler.

Unwrapping this crucial piece of equipment had the plumber plus the Sannox renovation crew wagging their tails like a bunch of Labradors…

The New Central Heating Boiler.

Thunderbird 2 Is The Name of Sannox Hotel Boiler

This Week…

New Radiators & Thermostats Are Now Reaching The Full Set For FORTY FOUR Rooms

A Little Bit of Fine-Tuning Underfloor For The Full Compliment of New Radiators

Non-Public Rooms Are Having The Radiators Complete The Set.

This forthcoming

Sannox Bay Outside The Hotel.

The Ferry You May Soon Travel Upon Is Pictured Above. Normally It Sails A Calm Course.

The photo above also has Sannox Hotel in it: on the horizon, just ahead of the ferry bow. 

A small white dot in comparison to the grand mountains.

Sannox Hotel Boiler House. Exquisite Bespoke Pipework.

The boiler house has been completely rebuilt. The new roof is self-evident here, as is the main pipework from the hot water cylinder system up in the rafters. You can see the progress from the first photograph with the lower pipework now joined to the upper distribution network…

Kingspan silver-backed high-grade ceiling insulation throughout…

It is particularly important in the new boiler house to conserve energy…

A loft hatch has been installed so that easy access can be secured for the pipework that exits and enters the Boiler House…

A Single Example of 44 Rooms Worth of Replumbing Work.

Worth mentioning that the new water heating system at Sannox Hotel has a state of the art hot-water-recirculation-pump-system installed. An empirical example…

Sannox Hotel Actually Has 44 Rooms Within The Equivalent Diagram

We would recommend our members put the principle of “Hospital Jobs” into their memories, so that if/when it comes to negotiation time and the circumstances are right for this to apply, then both client and trades-person win.

It hasn’t just been the plumber onsite at Sannox Hotel that has given us a very competitive below-commercial-rate via the “Hospital Job” principle. The joiner has too. Along with the plasterer and the painter.

An American Hit Television Series.

With The Barone Boys Painting Their House & Mother.

Fortunately, the Northern Lighthouse Board paint manufacturer still gives us trade prices. So the exterior white paint for Sannox Hotel will be exceptionally high quality and at the same price as retail domestic masonry paint. There is a brand of exterior paint that has a picture of a lighthouse on the tin. Ironically that is not very suitable for the types of coastal property our syndicates have owned: especially the lighthouse buildings. The Northern Lighthouse Board paint lasts many years between major repainting work. This specific NLB paint is already onsite Sannox Hotel. Soon enough that will be applied to the exterior of the hotel and enhance the resale kerb appeal.

Speeded Up Video of Your Imminent Ferry Journey


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VIDEO OF MOULD LEAK

REPAIR COST1

STRUCTURAL REPAIR COST 2

INSULATION BETWEEN EVERY ROOM VIDEO

ROOM FOR TEMPORARY COVID SAFETY SCREENS

REMEMBER PLENTY OF GARDEN ROOM FOR CUSTOMERS AND ALSO SEVERAL ENTRANCES FOR SEPARATION

The Majority of The Old Bar Was Utterly Redundant 

The guys set to work with large lump hammers…

This Room Required Transformation Into A Productive Area 

The next photograph shows the horrendous problem caused by a hidden interior rainwater pipe (circled in red). Fortunately, we have had an excellent roofer onsite and this was repaired with a major piece of leadwork (a work of art) in the roof above.

The blue outline shows the remaining canopy that had to be removed.

The brickwork had to be dug out properly below the floor surface and then the floorboards and joist work remedied.

This old bar was then ready for:

The new ceiling, new ceiling insulation, new walls and insulation, new floors, new rewire, new central heating and new emergency fire installation in order to fulfil a new role as the main restaurant.

Most of which you cannot see. Fortunately, we do have a huge number of photographs documenting all of this work and that s available to prospective buyers and their RICS surveyors.

Room 19 is actually one of the largest in the building and can be seen here on the architect’s plan…

The Old Bar (Room 19) Is Now Cleared of All Detritus.

It will become the new restaurant.

The progress is substantial. Yet it is quite easy to miss. 

The Old Bar Is Now A Clean Lined, Open Plan Restaurant.

The Old Bar Footprint Can Be Detected Faintly In The Floor.

The Seaview Lounge (Room 20) can be seen through the alcove.


Arbroath Abbey Visitor Centre. Architect: Here