Crichton Hall sale paves way for five-star Dumfries hotel
January 8 2019
NHS Dumfries & Galloway have disposed of their administrative head office at the A-listed Crichton Hall in Dumfries, following its sale to Jed and Joanne Clark, owners of Fonab Castle Hotel in Pitlochry.
The former psychiatric hospital had been marketed as a potential five-star hotel, with a masterplan framework from Austin-Smith:Lord indicating how it might be converted to its new use while retaining period features.
In a statement the architects wrote: “Principal rooms such as the recreational hall in the southern extension wing by William Lambie Moffat and the dining room interior by Arthur George Sydney Mitchell of Mitchell and Wilson could all be retained and conserved.
“This initial concept yields 193 bedrooms and assumes a greater level of intervention in the eastern Nurses’ Home wing which could be remodelled or in part demolished to create swimming pool/spa/leisure wing with additional bedrooms taking the total number of bedrooms to in excess of 220.”
Crichton Hall is considered to be one of the finest surviving example of changing medical care from the late 19th century.