AN East Lothian hotel which attracts golf enthusiasts thanks to its proximity to a range of high-quality courses has been acquired by a Northern Ireland investor for an undisclosed sum.

Investment company Wirefox has added Ducks Inn in Aberlady to a leisure portfolio which includes St Andrews golfing hotel The Ardgowan, and The Bushmills Inn of Northern Ireland.

Ducks Inn is the third property which Wirefox has placed in its Marram Hotel collection. It had been put up for sale by long-standing owners Malcolm and Fiona Duck, who had helmed the 23-bedroom hotel for 19 years. Mr Duck, who served in the Royal Marines for more than a decade, had previously founded renowned Edinburgh restaurant Duck’s at Le March Noire, which he ran between 1988 and 2009. He is also a director of golf tourism company Scotland Where Golf Began.

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Wirefox said it has closed Ducks Inn to allow a full renovation to take place. It expects the revamp to be completed by summer 2024, at which point it plans to relaunch the hotel under a new brand.

Ruaridh Macdonald, hospitality director at Wirefox added: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming both new and returning customers to the rejuvenated hotel, bar, and restaurant when we relaunch next year.

“As with Bushmills and Ardgowan, our approach will be to deliver an authentic experience that is as unique as the landscape that surrounds it. East Lothian is famed not only for its world class golf courses but also its coastline, wildlife, and local attractions. To match this with world class hospitality will attract domestic and international travellers alike - whether they love golf or just want to enjoy everything East Lothian has to offer.”

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