Historic Victorian spa hotel up for sale

A Victoria spa hotel built by two sisters to capitalise on growing demand for the apparent health benefits of Scotland’s sulphur wells has gone up for sale.

Sellers of Dunraven Lodge, in Strathpeffer, Rossshire, are looking for offers around £565,000.

Dating back to 1901, the category B-listed lodge was built by Catherine and Aline Corbett to accommodate an influx of wealthy Victorian visitors coming to fashionable Strathpeffer for spa waters and clean, fresh Highland air.

In the First World War Dunraven, like other large hotels, was used for convalescent accommodation for wounded servicemen. After World War II the lodge served as a care home for the elderly before being converted back into a hotel in the 1970s.

Orlaith Brogan, spokeswoman for SPC Scotland, said: “While it has a rich history, the property has been lovingly upgraded by its current owners to include an eco-friendly heating system and a modern kitchen which enhances its original features.

“Many original features such as the deep skirtings, ornate cornicing throughout and the period fireplaces in many of the rooms remain.

“The exterior also has an intricate veranda along the first floor. This property would make an ideal bed and breakfast or a boutique-style hotel, particularly as Strathpeffer is one of the most popular towns for visitors in the Highlands.”