A SHROPSHIRE entrepreneur and his wife have bought Dalhousie Castle in Bonnyrigg for an undisclosed sum.
Robert and Gina Parker have added the luxury 13th Century castle to their existing portfolio of properties, which includes Doxford Hall Hotel, Eshott Hall and Guyzance Hall in Northumberland, as well as the Tedsmore Estate in Shropshire.
Robert – inset – spent many years at the start of his adult life as an Anglican clergyman, and still remains active in the church.
A career change saw him developing a chain of care homes which he sold for in 2006. Since then, he has focused on the development of high-end country hotels and rural estates.
Commenting on his purchase and his aims for the future of Dalhousie, he said: “I am delighted with the purchase as it fits perfectly with our existing businesses. As with our other properties we intend to invest in both the hotel, and its staff.
“Our aim is to become a truly luxury location, through attention to details in every aspect of the property – whether it be dining, decor or service, or through the events we hold for guests and visitors. Our policy is to invest in the local economy, through buying locally, and providing opportunity and employment.”
The Parkers’ three properties in North Northumberland – Doxford Hall, Eshott Hall and Guyzance Hall – have seen millions of pounds worth of investment over the last three years.
Robert and Gina are committed to sustainability and are keen to extend the role Dalhousie plays in the local economy. In addition, they wish to bring new ideas and developments to the fore.