2003 - Present
The Van Houdts
After the retirment of the Maguire's in 1997, the house and grounds were neglected by the new owners, and fell into a state of disrepair. The hotel's reputation declined until the present owners, Jacob and Johanna van Houdt, bought it in 2003.
Jacob and Johanna embarked on extensive renovations of the inside of the house, advised by Simpson and Brown architects in Edinburgh. They also started an ambitious programme to improve the grounds, including replanting woodlands, building woodland walks, and restoring the splendour of the historic walled garden.
The result of their work is the luxurious hotel you see today, combining the charm of the house's Victorian heritage with the comfort and convenience of the 21st century.
To honour the history of the house and its inhabitants, the current tartan in the hall and staircase is a mixture of the Murray and the Sutherland tartans. It was created for the house by McKay in Durham. The check is taken from the Murray tartan, the red line made a little softer and the blues and greens are derived from the Sutherland tartan.