the master plan
The Taymouth Estate has an extensive planning history that included a variety of planning permissions over the years. In March 2005, permission was granted for the redevelopment of the Estate and in July 2011, a revised plan was approved. Multiple listed building consents have also been granted. For work that commenced on these projects, there is an extant consent across the Estate for its redevelopment. This establishes the principles that the current proposals are based upon.
The planning History
In 2005, planning permission was granted to restore Taymouth Castle Estate to form a hotel, construct an extension to incorporate hotel suites, and build a spa, lodges, new homes, staff houses, an equestrian centre, and improvements to infrastructure and landscaping. The developer ceased work due to financial difficulties.
Then, in 2011 the permission was granted to a new owner of the property to construct 71 estate properties, a restaurant, and bridge and make alterations to the golf course and several other changes to the 2005 plan. That developer was also unable to complete the project.
Discovery Land Company acquired the property in 2018 and committed the resources necessary to see this project to completion and to enable it to finally realise its true potential.
The Plan Today
The plan today is an evolution of those that were previously granted and subject to public review, and includes:
- Retention of core paths through the Estate as defined on the Council’s website
- Restoration of A Listed Taymouth Castle
- Construction of a new North Wing to the Castle
- Construction of approximately 145 new residential properties
- Restoration of landscaping of park and woodlands
- Restoration of golf course and construction of new club house
As with any project of this scale, it is necessary to submit amendments to the master plan and seek approval of Perth and Kinross Council. Details can be found on the Council website.
The Kenmore village shop, which was closed by the former owner, will be undergoing refurbishment this summer and will re-open early 2024.
The hotel, which is considered Scotland’s oldest inn dating back to 1572, is in the early stages of a significant refurbishment. We anticipate it will reopen in 2026, and will provide a welcoming place for local people and visitors to drink, dine and stay.
The paper boat
Preliminary planning has begun for the refurbishment of the Paper Boat. We will post additional information here as soon as it is available.
Renovations have recently been completed on other structures, including the Boathouse Cottages, the Police House, Brae Cottages, Am Fasgadh, and Nurses Cottages. Plans are in development for renovations to St. Margaret’s, Willowbank and Taymouth Trading, which will become a restaurant open to the public. After careful consideration, we do not intend to reopen the Post Office.
We will refurbish the public toilets in Kenmore by early 2024. This includes reengineering the infrastructure so effluent will no longer enter the river. We intend to maintain and clean these facilities going forward.