Scots resort favoured by Harry Styles and Beyonce rescued with £15m investment

Mar Hall went into administration earlier this year, leaving the future of the five-star resort uncertain.

Luxury Scottish hotel Mar Hall favoured by Harry Styles and Beyonce rescued with £15m investment Mar Hall Hotel, Golf and Spa Resort

A luxury resort in Scotland which has hosted the likes of Harry Styles and Beyonce has been rescued by a £15m investment after falling into administration earlier this year.

Uncertainty surrounded Renfrewshire’s five-star Mar Hall in August after administrators were appointed and the property was put on the market.

The resort, which has been favoured by the likes of Ed Sheeran, Liam Gallagher, Brad Pitt, Kylie Minogue and the Scottish men’s football team, over the years, has now been saved by a £15m investment after being acquired by Dubai-based Dutco Group.

The hotel, golf and spa resort, which is located in the 240-acre Earl of Mar Estate in Bishopton near Glasgow boasts an 18-hole championship golf course and spa while its setting on the banks of the River Clyde make it a popular choice for weddings.

Mar Hall

Scottish actor Martin Compston married his wife Tianna Chanel Flynn at the Renfrewshire resort in 2016.

Dating back to 1826 and first opened as a hotel in 2004, this is the first sale of the property in almost 20 years. 

Its new owners intend to expand and upgrade the property with an “ambitious” programme to enhance the resort.

It said that a £15m investment package has been committed to “expand and upgrade the property, repositioning it as an international destination”.

Early design plans centre on “sympathetic restoration, capturing the essence of Mar Hall’s rich Scottish heritage, while adding a modern twist that will see it rival world-class resorts such as Cameron House and Gleneagles”.

Ducto Group, along with investment and asset management firm, Align Partners, are already in conversations with architects and interior designers, with appointments expected in January for commencement of the refurbishment in early 2024. 

Plans include an expansion to the resort with new luxury woodland lodges, revitalised leisure and spa facilities, and a refurbishment of the guestrooms and public spaces.

Business will continue as normal under the new ownership, with all pre-existing wedding, leisure and business bookings retained.

Nelson Gibb, group CEO at Dutco Group, said: “This is our first hotel acquisition in Scotland which is recognised as a world-class destination for hospitality.

“This deal is testament to our confidence in Mar Hall and what we believe we can achieve through targeted and creative investment.

“We are looking forward to working with the Mar Hall team and our partners over the coming years to bring our vision to life.”

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