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The Royal Dunkeld Hotel has been sold for an undisclosed price, after it came onto the market for the first time in 21 years. 

The Perthshire site contains 35 letting bedrooms in its main building, and a further 10 rooms in its annex. It also features its own restaurant and bistro, as well as a main bar that seats 37 heads. 

In addition, the site features a games room, attic rooms, a courtyard garden, and several small function rooms including the Royal Suite, a residents’ lounge which doubles as a small function room.

The four-storey, B-listed hotel is situated in the centre of Dunkeld village, on the banks of the River Tay. Its previous owner, Neil Menzies, acquired the site in 1999, but decided to sell in light of his “advancing years”. 

Menzies said: “We wish the new owner, Thomas Melville, every success for the future and trust he will have as much fun as we have enjoyed at the “Royal”.”

New owner, Thomas Melville, said: “We are delighted to add the Royal Dunkeld Hotel to our growing portfolio of hotels. 

“Our plan in the short term is to take advantage of the hotel being closed to do some redecoration and look to utilise the function facility by introducing some tribute nights whilst also looking after the existing loyal client base.” 

Brian Sheldon, director at Christie and Co, who handled the sale, said: “The completion of the ‘Royal’ comes at a time where there is so much uncertainty in the marketplace. 

“That said, there is noticeably an increase in enquiries for rural and coastal businesses as we suspect buyers are now looking to relocate from the more densely populated towns and cities.”


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