Peebles hotel opens again after transformation

A historic Borders hotel has re-opened for business after what has been described as a 'quirky upcyled facelift' paying homage to its former life.

Monday, 16th May 2016, 11:24 am
Updated Monday, 16th May 2016, 1:27 pm
SBSR Upcycling at Park Hotel, Peebles L-R Fiona Leckie, Ann Napier, Jen Thomson, Stephen Leckie, Patrick Diack

The Park, in Peebles, which is part of the Crieff Hydro chain of hotels, has re-opened following an unusual transformation which celebrates its historic connection with the local community and the recently closed March Street Mills.

Paying homage to the Borders’ industrial past, The Park has undergone an exciting programme of investment, resulting in “a quirky upcycled facelift which weaves together Peebles’ past and present”.

An array of businesses, previous Mill employees and dignitaries from the local community were welcomed by Stephen Leckie, CEO of Crieff Hydro Ltd, at a re-opening launch event on Thursday, May 12.

The guests were treated to tasty bites from The Park’s new bakery and beef inspired menus and a first look at the textiles and memorabilia saved from the Mill, as well as a tour of the upcycled public spaces.

Stephen Leckie, CEO of Crieff Hydro Ltd, said this week:“We’re delighted to finally open our doors and invite people in to experience the new Park.

“We’ve worked hand-in-hand with the March Street Mills to create an upcycled interior which we hope will surprise and inspire.

“Having recognised the fantastic opportunity to really celebrate The Park’s connection with the local community, and investing significantly at both the Hydro and The Park, we’re determined to keep the memories of the March Street Mills alive through our upcycled refurbishment project.”

Both The Park and the March Street Mills were purchased in the late 18th century. Henry Ballantyne bought The Park, whilst the March Street Mills was established by Henry’s brother David Ballantyne in 1884, and remained a fixture of the Borders textile industry until it unfortunately failed to find a buyer last summer.

Jen Thomson, Chef Patron at The Park, added: “It’s been a hugely exciting time for the team here at The Park, and we can’t wait to show-off our new bakery and beef inspired menus.

“With an emphasis on great food, sourced in part from local suppliers, we’ve created a relaxed atmosphere with lots of places for customers to get comfy and enjoy our new upcycled look and feel.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming many people through our doors, both from the local area and further afield, to enjoy the new surroundings and sample our food.”