PLANS to transform Scotland’s ‘most important’ classical mansion into a luxury hotel have taken another step forward.
An application has been lodged with Perth and Kinross Council seeking approval for alterations to the ballroom of 17th century Kinross House, described by Daniel Defoe as ‘the most beautiful piece of architecture in Scotland.’
It is the 17th planning application to be submitted by millionaire businessman Donald Fothergill of Kiplun Guernsey Ltd., who bought the house from the Montgomery family for an undisclosed sum just over a year ago.
He already has permission to change its use as well as refurbish the interior and carry out external repairs and has promised that the 14-bedroom mansion will be ‘sensitively’ refurbished and upgraded.
It’s proposed to use it for events such as exclusive product launches, blue chip company board meetings, government summits, concerts and upmarket weddings and as a location for film and TV productions.
Stables and outhouses on the estate will be converted to provide extra accommodation for a maximum of 64 guests for special events, but for most of the year it will be rented out as a private residence.
Designed by the architect Sir William Bruce and regarded as one of his finest works, Kinross House was taken over by the Montgomery family in the 19th century and occupied by them until 2010, when it was put on the market with a price tag of £4.5 million.