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New chapter for historic property

Owner of Stirling venue built into city walls targets growth

The former Woodside guest house will now reopen as Castle Walk Bed and Breakfast.

The former Woodside guest house will now reopen as Castle Walk Bed and Breakfast.

A GUEST house built into Stirling’s 16th century city walls is being relaunched by a local entrepreneur, after she purchased the property in a deal brokered by DM Hall.

The Woodside guest house had been under the same ownership for over 35 years and only came onto the market after the owners announced their wish to retire; it has now reopened as Castle Walk Bed and Breakfast.

The business is located on Stirling’s The Back Walk, a historic walkway built almost 300 years ago and known for its views across the city and for being the oldest publicly maintained road in Scotland; the road follows the city walls up to Stirling Castle.

This property represented a unique business opportunity in a historic location.

The new proprietor, Stirling-based Jackie Hadland, who has owned and managed a digital content company and a holiday accommodation business, is planning to capitalise on the city’s central Scotland setting and target international visitors online.

She said: “Stirling is perfectly positioned for tourists because it can be used as a base for day trips to visit Edinburgh, Glasgow, The Trossachs and beyond.

“We plan to cater for this audience as well as an anticipated uptick in the number of people visiting Stirling for business and other reasons and who want to stay in a characterful B&B that gives them a taste of the history of Scotland.”

The guest house had been marketed with a guide price of £470,000.

Suzanne Lawrie of DM Hall said: “This property represented a unique business opportunity in a historic location.

“The marketing process saw a good level of interest and we are delighted that a good early offer was successful.”

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