A Scottish hotel named after a reputedly haunted castle ruin has been brought to market.

The Goblin Ha’ Hotel in Gifford, East Lothian, is being marketed by the Scottish Business Agency and is described as “brimming with character”.

“The Goblin Ha’ Hotel is named after the goblin ha’ (or Goblin Hall) hidden beneath the nearly 800-year-old Yester Castle nearby,” the SBA said. “To this day the ruins are a popular tourist attraction and are said to be haunted.

“Outstanding and brimming with character, this hotel has an 88-cover restaurant and bar and substantial outdoor space, seven en-suite letting rooms and potential to add two to three more.”

It has an area used for bicycle storage “as the hotel is a popular stopover for cyclists travelling one of East Lothian’s many cycle routes”.

The Herald: The property is described as 'brimming with character'The property is described as 'brimming with character' (Image: Scottish Business Agency)

The agent said: “The stunning glass conservatory and outdoor space lends itself to multiple function and venue hire opportunities. It is also popular with live music at the weekends.

“The character and history of the hotel attracts a number of visitors, both planned and passing, although it trades well at present, the potential is staggering and viewing is recommended to appreciate the scale of offering.”

The agent also said: “The owners at present live on site, and the majority of their attention is required in the kitchen and servicing the restaurant and bar.

“The result is that they simply don’t have the time to focus on and grow the accommodation.

“This presents an opportunity to grow the occupancy which is at 64%. Once all rooms are refreshed, the owner expects to achieve a higher room rate.

“At the side of the hotel is a closed public house currently undergoing the first stage of renovation, including a new ceiling and electrics."

The leasehold hotel is for sale at an asking price of £50,000.

Part of the original Yester Castle ruin, known as the Hobgoblin Hall, was said to have been built using “magic”, and featured in Sir Walter Scott’s Marmion.

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