The management of Crossbasket Castle, High Blantyre by award winning ICMI, has been extended by a further 10 years as an incredible further expansion takes place.
Owners Steve Timoney and Alison Reid-Timoney, who purchased the buildings and surrounding estate in 2011 in a state of total disrepair, have extended their contract by a further 10 years. ICMI, who manage luxury properties all over the world has successfully overseen operations at the award-winning hotel since it opened in 2015 following a £10m restoration.
As part of the decade-long agreement, Graeme Green has been appointed as managing director of Crossbasket Castle. With over 25 years of experience in hospitality, Graeme most recently spent a decade as general manager of Cromlix Hotel, having previously worked at the five-star Inverlochy Castle and at luxury hotels in the USA.
Crossbasket, at risk a decade ago, was ultimately saved and it is comforting to know that the 15th Century Castle and adjoining estate has set some grand plans for the future.
Plans underway include a brand new 40-bedroom hotel, modern restaurant and events space along with two five-bedroom eco-friendly cottages and two spa cottages each with three dedicated treatment rooms.
Owners Steve and Alison added, “We’re so pleased to extend our management agreement with ICMI for a further decade. This is reflective of the exemplary support we’ve received over the years, with the team becoming a trusted partner and consultant helping us to breathe new life into the castle, which was once listed on Scotland’s Buildings at Risk Register.
“We can think of no better team to help us embark on the next chapter of Crossbasket Castle’s long-term growth, with the experienced Graeme Green at the helm.”
Norbert Lieder, managing director of Inverlochy Castle Management International (ICMI) said: “We’ve worked closely with Crossbasket Castle since it opened eight years ago, helping to establish its presence among Scotland’s finest locations and ensure an unforgettable experience for all guests.
“We’re extremely proud to continue this successful relationship by extending our agreement for a further ten years and appointing Graeme Green as managing director. Our existing experience coupled with Graeme’s passion and enthusiasm will help transform the castle into a dedicated tourism destination with a variety of activities and experiences available on its doorstep.”
There’s no doubt that Crossbasket continues to put Blantyre on the map.