Hotel brings 40 jobs to the Lang Toon
THE transformation of a derelict Auchterarder hotel has brought in over 40 jobs to the Lang Toon.
Over £3 million has been injected into The Cairn Lodge and Hotel to turn it into a five star destination which has been welcomed by many Lang Toon residents and local MSP's - who have previously voiced concern at the number of hotels in Strathearn closing.
The hotel was bought by the Aurora Hotel Collection - which runs six hotels including the luxury Airth Castle - in October last year after being closed for several years. And ever since chief executive Steven McLeod has spent millions transforming it into a luxury destination for locals and tourists alike.
As well giving the town an economic boost by providing more than 40 jobs in the area, Steven - who handpicked the interior design - has created a boutique hotel in the town.
A luxurious white leather, crystal and chic black theme run throughout the hotel with Italian light fixtures made especially for the Cairn and Swarovski crystal-studded treatments decorating the walls.
Now with 10 bedrooms, a chic bar and grill, an outside terrace, detached 5-bedroom lodge house and new entrance, the building was also rewired, staircases were moved, as well as having work done to the roofs and kitchen.
The Cairn also stands out from the crowd with the introduction of a Josper Grill - an oven used by world renowned chefs including Gordon Ramsay, Heston Blumenthal and Jamie Oliver.
Steven said: "The Cairn is a great new addition to the Aurora Hotel Collection and I'm confident that it will become a firm favourite among both locals and visitors, offering a warm welcome and quality at an affordable price.
"We're committed to becoming part of the local community and contributing to the local economy and I'm delighted that the opening of the Cairn has created over 40 new full and part-time jobs. We also found the local talent and experience to fill the key positions with Laura Richardson, from Tullibody, being appointed General Manager, Jamie McLeish from Auchterarder being appointed as Deputy GM and Crieff man, David Hughes, overseeing our kitchen brigade as Head Chef."
Steven also confirmed that he is well underway with his other Perthshire investment which will see the creation of a number of luxury lodges and refurbishment of the historic Kenmore Hotel, near Aberfeldy. And he will unveil a further 5-star hotel later this year, when the luxury Colessio Hotel opens in the centre of Stirling.
The Aurora Hotel Collection was formed by McLeod in 2004 with his acquisition of Airth Castle, near Falkirk. Since then he has expanded his portfolio of luxury hotels across Central Scotland with the purchase of Glenbervie and the Coach House, near Larbert, and Solsgirth House, by Dollar and last year announced the addition of The Cairn and the Kenmore Hotel and Lodges.
This article appeared in Strathallan Times 10 May 12
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