IN PICTURES: Former Bute hotel reborn as holiday let

The doors of the former St Blane’s Hotel in Kilchattan Bay were opened to the public on Saturday - less than a week before its first booking in its new guise as self-catering holiday accommodation for groups of up to 20 people.

The conversion has been overseen by new owners Helen and Mark Spragg, who bought the property in January 2014, with Helen in charge of a project which, she hopes, will fill a gap in the island’s holiday accommodation market.

Visitors cast an eye over the new-look St Blane's House at an open day at the former Kilchattan Bay hotel on Saturday, July 11, 2015.

Visitors cast an eye over the new-look St Blane's House at an open day at the former Kilchattan Bay hotel on Saturday, July 11, 2015.

Each of the bedrooms has a different theme, while there are musical instruments, a games room and accommodation for dogs too.

What used to be the public bar has been retained - though all the pumps and electrics have been disconnected - and a mural of Kilchattan Bay by island artist Cliff Kay has also survived, with Mr Kay himself in charge of that aspect of the restoration.

Nine week-long bookings for the building have been made for the rest of 2015 - the first of them due to arrive on Friday, July 17, leaving the Spraggs and the local tradesmen who have worked on the project less than a week to finish off the first phase of the renovation.

The few remaining bedrooms and bathrooms not part of this phase of the project will be tackled in 2016.

More on this story in the next issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, July 16.