Chance to play the Long game

Historic lochside property for sale for first time in two decades

A HOTEL on the banks of Loch Long which has been under the same family ownership for the past 20 years has been put on the market.

Knockderry House Hotel at Cove on the Rosneath peninsula was originally built in 1846 as a summer retreat before acclaimed Victorian architect William Leiper designed several extensions to the building in the 1890s, resulting in the turrets, balconies and bay windows that can be seen today. Leiper was also one of a number of designers and artists who worked on the interior of the property and were responsible for a number of architectural features throughout, including stained glass, woodwork and fireplaces.

Today the property is said to be of a very high standard inside and out having been “sympathetically restored and upgraded” by the owners since they acquired it in 2001. In addition to 15 en suite guest bedrooms, the hotel also has a drawing room, dining room, morning room, sitting room, library, bar, snug and function suite; there’s also a self-contained flat.

The business, which has been awarded four stars by the AA and VisitScotland and has two AA Rosettes for its food, is said to be well-supported locally as well as benefitting from tourist trade. It is also an established function venue, catering for smaller weddings and events for 50-60 guests; and has accommodated larger functions  in the past through the use of a marquee in the grounds.

Graeme Smith, director at Smith & Clough Business Associates who is handling the sale, said the current owners have “extensively renovated and transformed [Knockderry] into one of the finest country house hotels in the area, with an excellent reputation”.

“The sale of this hotel offers an exceptional business opportunity for any discerning owner/operator looking to get into this popular area of Scotland and enjoy its location and trading potential across all three income streams,” he said.