UK: The family-run Lynnfield Hotel in Orkney secured £400,000 funding from Royal Bank of Scotland to build an extension comprising 10 new rooms.
Purchased in 2006 by Malcolm Stout and partner Lorna Reid, the couple has recently undertaken a refurbishment of the hotel. The new rooms are the latest modification to be revealed.
Royal Bank of Scotland provided the funding to support the project, which was completed during the hotel’s closure in line with lockdown restrictions.
Local suppliers are featured within the new rooms, including furniture made by Kerr Carpentry, bedding and cushions from Hume Sweet Hume, and curtains made of Orkney tweed.
The extension opened to the public last month.
Malcolm Stout, owner of the Lynnfield Hotel, said: “Despite a challenging year, it is great to finally welcome guests back to the hotel, and to reveal our new rooms to the world. Thanks to the support from Royal Bank of Scotland, we were able to complete the majority of building work during the hotel’s downtime, working with talented local contractors. Their unwavering commitment throughout the past year has been excellent, and places us in a strong position to cater for an expected increase in demand over the coming months.”
Margaret Keenan, senior relationship manager at Royal Bank of Scotland, said “The team at the Lynnfield Hotel have been resilient in the face of an uncertain time, as travel to our island communities remained restricted until very recently. It’s fantastic to see such a strong re-opening from the hotel, with all rooms booked out; and a busy period to come. The hotel is a wonderful attraction and income provider for many in the local community, and I look forward to supporting the team on their continued journey.”
During 2020, the hotel’s restaurant allowed the business to continue operating and retain all staff.