Fire-ravaged Cameron House Hotel has plans for loch-facing ballroom
New ballroom planned for Cameron House Hotel on Loch Lomondside.
By Democrat reporter
Plans for a major new extension at Cameron House Hotel, including 70 new bedrooms and a new ballroom looking out on Loch Lomond, have been revealed this week.
The Loch Lomond and Trossachs Park Authority have posted the planning application on their official website.
A large ballroom facing the loch is part of the proposals, which have been submitted to Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority by Lichfields planning consultancy.
A design statement by architects 3D Reid in support of the application states that the extension plans had been in the pipeline prior to the tragic blaze in December 2017 which claimed the lives of guests Simon Midgley and Richard Dyson.
The hotel was given permission to carry out restoration work in January, more than a year after the fire.
The statement says: “During the latter half of 2017, we worked closely with the hotel’s owners and operators to determine the most appropriate method by which to extend the hotel, whether it be via a separate building, numerous extensions, or part demolition and relocation.
“With the concept design progressing, we met with the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority during December 2017, taking on board their comments with the aim of further developing the proposal.
“Now fully developed, the proposal provides an additional 70 bedrooms, as well as a 350-person loch-facing ballroom, to the north of the hotel, adjoining the existing leisure wing.
“The bedrooms are formed over the upper floors, with the second floor rooms incorporating dormer terraces which allow them to be set back into the roof space.
“The ballroom and associated function areas are situated at lower ground floor, with direct access onto large external terrace spaces, allowing for events and functions to spill out on to the surrounding lawns and providing spectacular views towards the loch.”
The statement added that the additional bedrooms were a result of high demand and will increase room nights by 40% within three years.
New view of the hotel where Democrat editor Bill Heaney interviewed Clint Eastwood, one of the many celebrities who have stayed there.
It is also estimated that the new ballroom will allow for a 50 per cent increase in weddings at the venue within the same period.
The architects’ statement said: “The ballroom was a key desire of the hotel due to its lack of loch-facing function accommodation. The existing function suites are to the rear of the hotel, with limited views to the woodland beyond.
“The extension has been designed in such a way as to maximise views of the loch whilst achieving minimal disruption to the existing hotel facilities, and the team have liaised with Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority throughout.
“The design has been developed and informed through such discussions, allowing the team to test and revise our proposals prior to this application being submitted.
“The final proposal is a contemporary building with a form and materiality that does not detract from the historically significant main building to the south.”
- The plans can be viewed at the national park authority’s website under codes 2019/0061/LBC and 2019/0062/DET.