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Previous Auction Lot

From Auction held in February 2020
Lot 5


30 Bedroom Hotel on 0.9 Acre Site Within Newburgh with Spectacular Coast Views. Planning Permission for Mixed Use Development. Redevelopment Opportunity


The property adjoins Main Street (A975) at the centre of the village of Newburgh, which has a mix of commercial and residential properties. Newburgh (population 1,500) is a coastal village within rural Aberdeenshire, a popular location for Aberdeen commuters and lies on the south side of the mouth of the Ythan Estuary. It has a primary school, range of local shops and a golf course. Nearby is Forvie National Nature Reserve and there are miles of sandy beaches. It is located 6 miles from Ellon (population 11,000), which has a secondary school and a good range of shops and community facilities, 8 miles to the north of the recently opened Aberdeen Western Peripheral Road which provides quick access around the City and the south, and 13 miles to the north of Aberdeen City Centre.


The subjects comprises a broadly square 0.9 acre site, with an average site depth and width of approximately 60 metres Fronting onto Main Street, the property is bounded to the NE & SW by residential properties, to the SE by the Forvie Burn and beyond that Newburgh Golf Course. The existing property comprises a mix of traditional and modern buildings that were run as the Udny Arms Hotel until a few years ago. Formerly a thriving establishment due to its accessibility from Aberdeen, its popular coastal location and its reputation, the Hotel accommodation includes public and lounge bars, 2 lounges, restaurant, 30 bedrooms with ensuite facilities, ancillary accommodation and within a separate building, a function suite. The buildings have been unused for the past 4 years or so and require considerable refurbishment and upgrading. There is an extensive surfaced car parking area at the rear of the site.


The existing property includes: (1) the main building, fronting onto Main Street - a traditional block on 3 floors, built with pointed stone walls and a pitched slated roof that incorporates a number of bay windows and dormer extensions (2) also fronting onto Main Street, a detached traditional building, of similar construction to the main block that was formerly 2 semi-detached houses, but which has been converted into bedroom accommodation and is interlinked to the main building by a bridge at first floor level (3) joined onto the rear of the main building is an extension on 4 floors, which has harled walls and a pitched slated roof incorporating a front bay window and rear dormer extension, understood to have been added around 1970 (4) further to the rear, a variety of small extensions, with roughcast walls and a mix of slated and flat felt covered roofs (5) within the rear part of the site is a single storey detached building that was converted / extended to form a function suite – it has part stone walls, part roughcast walls and a pitched slated roof. There are several small outbuildings within the grounds.


Planning permission was received on 13 March 2018 for a mixed residential and hotel development. This provided for the demolition of the extensions, the conversion of the main building to a 12 bedroom hotel with a managers flat, the conversion of the linked traditional building back into 2 No 3 bedroom semi- detached houses and the erection at the rear of the site of 5 newbuild terraced 3 bedroom houses that benefit from views over the golf course and coast. See Aberdeenshire Council planning application Ref: APP/2017/0017. All relevant documents and plans are available to view on the Council website.

Alternative development options may be suitable, including a wholly residential development, subject to receiving necessary consents. Interested parties should contact the Local Planning Authority. The property lies within the Formartine area of Aberdeenshire, whose local office is at 45 Bridge Street, Ellon, AB41 9AA;
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Newburgh lies within the Energetica corridor north of Aberdeen, within which a key objective is to provide housing and employment opportunities that will contribute to transforming the area into a high quality lifestyle, leisure and global business location. The adjoining Forvie Burn lies within the Sands of Forvie and Ythan Estuary Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Site Area

0.36 Ha (0.9 Acre) approx.

Rateable Value



Band G


Owner Vacant Possession.


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