Knight Frank goes west

Knight Frank has been appointed as joint consultant - alongside Colliers - to the developers behind a major new hospitality project in the Scottish Trossachs.

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Ben Arthur Resort is located in the former torpedo factory on Loch Long, near Arrochar, located at the heart of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

The developers have recognised a gap in the market in Scotland’s west coast for a top quality 5-star hotel and resort development, together with a first class marina facility, taking advantage of the growing demand for sailing on Scotland’s west coast.

It also provides a natural entrance by sea to the National Park, taking advantage of the excellent road communications to the site, thus providing a new entrance point for visitors to the National Park, and indeed Scotland.

The proposal includes the development of 130 bedroom 5-star hotel with full conference and banqueting facilities on the loch front, a marina and associated sailing facilities, 36 houses to be offered on fractional ownership and 16 individual houses of the highest quality, which will each have access to individual private loch side mooring facilities.

The design of the resort by Archial, takes advantage of the incredible setting of Loch Long, at the foot of Ben Arthur, from which it is proposed the resort would take its name, the mountains in this area are known collectively as the “Arrocher Alps” and are dominated by the Ben Arthur’s distinctive rocky summit, more commonly known as “The Cobbler”.

Drew Oswald, Partner at Knight Frank said “We are delighted to be involved in such a prestigious scheme, which has been some six years in the making, through our clients discussions with the National Park planning team over that time, with considerable assistance from SDI and others. We are in detailed conversation with a 5-star hotel operator, and one of the World’s leading marine operators to provide what will be seen as a world class facility.”

The proposals also include a marina, on which Drew Oswald added; “Sailing is seen as a fast growing business for the Clyde Estuary and Scotland’s west coast, and this facility provides not only access to some of the best sailing in the world, but is and instant access point to the National Park.

It is well within the catchment areas of the west of Scotland for yacht owners wishing to have a permanent facility as well as being on the international tourist route.”

The consultation is with the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Authority which will run for a period of 12 weeks.