Award-winning Islay hotel ready to expand

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A hotel on Islay will expand its offering with additional rooms and a new bar and restaurant, thanks to a £410,000 funding package from Royal Bank of Scotland.

Glenegedale House, situated between Bowmore and Port Ellen, will create an additional four bedrooms, while existing rooms will be upgraded, following a successful premises acquisition by business owners Emma and Graeme Cark.

Having previously rented Glenegedale House for almost seven years, the couple had the opportunity to purchase the building, which has given them the freedom to reinvest capital into the business.

First opening its doors in February 2013, the hotel has become a hit with tourists, welcoming more than 1,500 guests every year. The additional rooms and renovation will enable the hotel to continue growing revenues by providing a unique and luxurious stay for visitors and plans to further develop their bar and restaurant will give the Islay community further opportunity to enjoy the hotel.

Emma, who has long been a driving force for tourism on the island, is also supporting plans for Islay’s first food,drink and foraging festival – Taste Islay and Jura – in partnership with Argyll and Islay Cooperative and Islay and Jura Marketing Group.