A famous haunt of Robert Burns has been placed on the market after being turned into a boutique hotel.

The Black Bull Inn & Hotel in Moffat, which is being marketed by commercial property advisers Colliers International, actually predates the Bard by several centuries, but is best known for a poem that Burns etched onto on a pane of glass on the premises.

Alistair Letham, a director in the UK hotels agency team at Colliers International, said: "Having undergone an extensive £500,000 refurbishment, the Black Bull Inn has been upgraded to provide modern accommodation and facilities throughout, while keeping the historic feel and charm of the original Inn that opened its doors in 1568. The Black Bull offers a superb opportunity to acquire a fully refurbished and operational business, where the new owners can take full advantage of the trading opportunities and become part of a prosperous and comfortable country town community.”

Burns’ famous “epigram to a scrimpit nature” was written while drinking in the Black Bull. But it has other claims to fame over its 450-year history: From 1683 to 1685, the Black Bull was used as the headquarters for Graham of Claverhouse and his dragoons, sent by the then English King to put down the religious rebels in the south west Borders. 

Since its lavish conversion earlier this year, the Black Bull boasts 15 letting bedrooms, a bar area and corner servery with seating for 21, a log burner dividing this public bar from a snug bar and adjoining Burns Suite meeting room. The restaurant lounge with booth seating provides up to 42 covers. A sauna is provided for guests on the first floor of the hotel, while there is also a beer garden and staff accommodation.

Colliers International is inviting offers in the region of £850,000 for The Black Bull Inn & Hotel, Church Gate, Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway DG10 9EG.