Inn vogue

A 19TH century hotel in Midlothian has been given a design refresh as its long-term family owners prepare the business for the next generation.

The Stair Arms Hotel in Pathhead, 11 miles south of Edinburgh, has undergone a phased £500,000 refurbishment, which began in January 2017.

Commissioned in 1831 by Lord and Lady Stair of the Oxenfoord Estate, the hotel occupies an original coaching inn and has been owned and operated by the Ramsay family for the last 25 years.

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The 12-bedroom hotel has been relaunched with existing areas, such as its 60-cover restaurant and rooms, revamped.

New features, such as a coffee house area for guests, which specialises in Italian-style coffee and fresh, home-baked treats, have been added to the business as part of the project.

Additionally, the Ramsays plan on giving the hotel’s outdoor patio a makeover ahead of the summer months.

The hotel is said to be a popular wedding venue, due to its countryside setting, close proximity to the capital and extensive gardens.

“We wanted to put our stamp on it by keeping the character of the original 1831 coaching inn but with a modern twist,” said the family.