Co Down investment firm Wirefox expands hospitality portfolio in Scotland

The Ducks Inn is the latest acquisition by Wirefox's hospitality vehicle Marram Hotel Partners.
The Ducks Inn is the latest acquisition by Wirefox's hospitality vehicle Marram Hotel Partners.

CO Down investment company Wirefox has added another Scottish property to its growing hospitality portfolio.

The Holywood business has bought Ducks Inn in Aberlady, East Loathian, some 18 miles east of Edinburgh.

It’s the third acquisition for Wirefox’s hospitality vehicle Marram Hotel Partners and comes 12 months after the acquisition of the Ardgowan Hotel, located next to the St Andrews golf club.

Wirefox also bought the Bushmills Inn Hotel in Co Antrim in February 2022.

The Co Down company closed its latest deal last month and has already commenced a refurbishment programme, with plans to reopen in the summer season next year under a new brand.

The value of the deal has not been disclosed.

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Alongside a bar and restaurant, the Ducks Inn currently has 23 en-suite bedrooms.

The previous owners departed the business at the end of last month after 19 years in charge.

Kathryn Robinson, investment director at Wirefox, said: “As we grow the Marram collection, we’re looking for properties with unique and authentic character which we can transform.

“For golfers, the hotel is the ideal base in East Lothian, with 21 courses in close proximity, many of which have hosted championships and qualifiers for The Open.

“Plans are already underway to revitalise the offering, taking inspiration from the surrounding environment.”

Ruaridh Macdonald, hospitality director at Wirefox added: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming both new and returning customers to the rejuvenated hotel, bar and restaurant when we relaunch next year.

“As with Bushmills and Ardgowan, our approach will be to deliver an authentic experience that is as unique as the landscape that surrounds it.

“East Lothian is famed not only for its world class golf courses but also its coastline, wildlife and local attractions.

“To match this with world class hospitality will attract domestic and international travellers alike – whether they love golf or just want to enjoy everything East Lothian has to offer.”