Crossbasket Castle plans £15m expansion before 2024 opening

Scotland: The owners of Crossbasket Castle, a luxury hotel on the outskirts of Glasgow, have revealed first-look images of its £15 million expansion that is set to open to the public next summer.

Steve and Alison Timoney will re-launch Crossbasket Castle, situated in High Blantyre, with an additional new 40-bedroom hotel, destination restaurant, two five-bedroom eco-friendly lodges, and a spa spread over two secluded lodges.  

Computer generated images of the plans show a luxurious bedroom and ensuite that will overlook the wooded landscape and grounds of Crossbasket Castle. Images also reveal the destination restaurant which will seat 100 covers, along with a bar, snug areas, and stage for guests to enjoy live music and entertainment seven nights a week.  

Alison Timoney said: “It’s tremendously exciting to reveal a first glimpse of our hotel and restaurant that we couldn’t be more excited to open next year. Attention to detail and personalised customer service are the hallmarks of Crossbasket.

“The interiors will be lavish but welcoming and luxury will be found in the materials, as well as bespoke, upholstered furniture in classic styles with plenty of cosy corners for private, more intimate moments with friends and loved ones,” she added.

Steve Timoney added: “To say this has been a passion project is an understatement. It has been a remarkable process that has called for dedication and in terms of furnishing and design, extraordinary craftsmanship.”

A luxury spa will house four treatment rooms, heat experiences, relaxation areas, outdoor hydrotherapy pools, and its own designed Scottish-based product line. Once complete, the venue will have capacity for an additional 35,000 visitors each year and provide over 50 jobs for the local area, delivering a projected economic boost to the South Lanarkshire economy of £5 million per annum.  

Graeme Green, managing director of Crossbasket Castle, said: “Alison and Steve’s vision is something very special. I have worked in the hotel sector for 25 years and managed some of the world’s most exclusive establishments, but Crossbasket Castle is one that really excites me.  

“The standards of the owners have led to something truly exceptional and unique. It gives a stylish nod to the 1920s and plays on some of the key features of the exquisite and tranquil landscape in a way that will really capture people’s imagination. The whole project is moving forward at pace, and we are very excited about opening our doors next year,” he added.

Steve and Alison bought Crossbasket Castle in 2011, a year after it was listed on Scotland’s Buildings At Risk Register. The couple then spent five years and over £10 million restoring the property, including The Tower of the Castle, to its former glory.

Crossbasket Castle opened its doors in May 2016 and is managed by luxury hotel management company Inverlochy Castle Management International [ICMI]. ICMI operates 12 other independent properties around Scotland, including Inverlochy Castle near Fort William, Greywalls Hotel in Gullane and The Isle of Eriska Hotel.  

In May 2023, ICMI announced its extended management agreement with Crossbasket Castle, helping support the hotel as it undergoes the £15 million expansion.  

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