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4 November 2015
Links House at Royal Dornoch, the award winning country house hotel and restaurant adjacent to the 1st tee at Royal Dornoch Golf Club, has announced a major expansion set to open Spring 2017. The 6-bedroom addition is set on adjacent property historically known as Glenshiel. The new building is of exquisite Victorian architecture and perfectly complements the Georgian Links House. Highland & Island Enterprises has provided a grant in support of the project.
Designed by renowned Highland architects James Maxwell & Company who oversaw Links House, the new building will resemble a stately manor home built circa 1860. Glenshiel will include 5 expansive suites all en-suite, a luxury one bedroom master suite, and a large bespoke pine-paneled library all with expansive views of the Dornoch Firth. Glenshiel's interiors will be developed in conjunction with Helen Lyon Interiors in keeping with the bespoke approach so well received at Links House. The grounds of Glenshiel will consist of bespoke traditional stonewalls, beautiful gardens, a Sporting Bothy (golf/angling drystore), outside fire pit, and a fun boules court in the front yard. Finally, expanding the Highland theme of Links House, the 6 new suites will be named after six Highland sea lochs historically known for exceptional angling and walking.
Links House proprietors, Todd and Liz Warnock stated "We have been tremendously blessed by the reception the tourism market has given Links House at Royal Dornoch and frankly need additional rooms to meet visitor demand". "Further, Links House is participating in a growing global excitement for the extraordinary beauty of The Scottish Highlands, the Parish of Dornoch and of our sacred links, Royal Dornoch Golf Club". Royal Dornoch is currently ranked #1 in Scotland and #6 in the world according to Golf Digest magazine. Similarly, the town of Dornoch has recently launched a vibrant marketing campaign around the theme DoDornoch; see there exciting video at www.visitdornoch.com/do
Highland & Islands Enterprises (HIE) provided Links House at Royal Dornoch a grant of £600,000 in support of the expansion. HIE Chief Executive Alex Paterson said "we are tremendously excited about the vision Todd & Liz Warnock have brought to Links House at Royal Dornoch and the Highlands". “Links House is already a very significant contributor to the local economy of Dornoch and South East Sutherland. “This expansion project is extremely welcome and it will make a considerable impact on the visitor experience in the area”. According to VisitScotland figures, golf tourism is worth around £220m per year to the Scottish economy and directly supports over 4,400 Scottish jobs. Around 12,800 visitor rounds were played at Royal Dornoch Golf Club in 2013/14. Finally, Paterson added "Their investments are perfectly consistent with the 2014 Dornoch Master Plan the town developed in conjunction with HIE and as such we are pleased to provide both financial and strategic support."