A SCOTTISH country house hotel near Gretna Green, which hosts around 50 weddings each year, has secured £650,000 of funding for expansion and redevelopment.

Barclays, which provided the funding, said the package would enable the owner of Springkell House to redevelop the quadrangle annex, adding six en-suite bedrooms. The hotel, which the bank noted had been owned by the Johnson-Ferguson family since 1894, will have 26 guest rooms following the expansion.

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James Johnson-Ferguson has been the owner of Springkell House since 2009. The Dumfriesshire property was re-opened for accommodation and events after a substantial refurbishment programme, Barclays noted.

The bank added: “The owners are now looking to build on its success with further expansion.”

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Mr Johnson-Ferguson said: “Since we started offering private events, we’ve seen the venue grow in popularity and we now host lots of weddings throughout the year.”

Stuart Brown, head of small and medium-sized enterprise banking in Scotland for Barclays, said: “Springkell’s owners have a clear vision for the future and we are pleased to be able to support them with their expansion and redevelopment plans.

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“The hospitality sector in Scotland is buoyant and we are working with a growing number of businesses like Springkell.”