Council grants castle cocktail time

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Bloody Mary cocktails are on the menu for staying guests at a restored village castle B&B.

Kilmartin Castle has been granted a premises alcohol licence for its guests inside and out but did not get the go ahead for for any outdoor events open to the public.

Stef Burgon had told the council they wanted occasionally to offer the tomato and vodka cocktails to B&B guests.

A council official had explained  the licensing board ‘may not be wholly supportive of breakfast drinking in Argyll and Bute’ but on February 22 selling alcohol to overnighting guests was passed.

Stef had also hoped to put on community events like farmers markets, theatre or comedy nights.

The intention had been for the majority of those events to be held in daytime and if held later would always be wrapped up before 10.30pm.

‘They wouldn’t have made us any money but I had hoped to be able to bring a little culture to the country. Alas, it was not not to be. Disappointing though!’ Stef told The Oban Times.

Before last week’s online meeting of the Argyll and Bute licensing board, the four-bedroom luxury bed and breakfast had already made moves to assure residents they had ‘no intention’ of moving into the wedding market.

There was a representation by Dunadd Community Council (DCC) with concerns about noise levels, especially from weddings that might take place in the garden. However, it was agreed in principle that the community council had no objections.

Kilmartin’s owners had responded to that by saying they were ‘considerate neighbours’ and the only weddings that happen there are elopements and the maximum number for that is 10.

‘Occasionally, we will stretch to 13. That is the way the castle has always operated. Nothing is changing there.

‘We have no intention of ever moving into the wedding market and we do not allow outside guests either into the castle or the grounds when we let the property exclusively. This is our home as well as our business, and not a party venue,’  DCC was told.

The castle’s entertaining area in the garden is located at the furthest point from the village so if  any event were to be held there, noise would be minimised for village residents.