A LUXURY Scottish hotel and golf course has been sold to Apex as the company continues to expand its UK-wide portfolio.

Apex Hotels has completed the acquisition of Meldrum House Country Hotel and Golf course in Aberdeenshire.

It will be the group’s second rural property following the purchase of Pine Trees in Pitlochry, Perthshire in July 2023.

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Meldrum House is a 51-bedroom, four-star country house hotel comprising a 13th-century manor house and golf course, set in 250 acres of countryside.

Privately owned by Aberdeenshire businessman Bob Edwards, Terry and David Buchan, the hotel has won a range of prestigious awards including The Times’ Top 100 UK Hotels.

Apex Hotels chief executive officer Angela Vickers commented: “The acquisition of Meldrum House Country Hotel represents an opportunity to continue to diversify the Apex Hotels portfolio, giving our guests even more choice of a city or more relaxed rural option.

“This is an exciting time for Apex, and after getting to know the team at Meldrum House, it was clear they share the same vision and ambitions we have at Apex Hotels.

“Meldrum House will be one of our flagship hotels and we are delighted to be the next custodians of this historic property.”

Edwards meanwhile commented: “After 31 years of owning Meldrum House with David and Terry Buchan, it is the perfect time to hand over the reins for a new chapter, where the hotel and estate will become part of Apex Hotel’s expanding portfolio.

“As a family-owned and run business, we are delighted that Apex have the same family values and passion for hospitality, and we wish them best for the next 30 years of Meldrum.”